I was looking at old posts and remembered that I’d posted a “one month in” update on leaving KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited).
Now it’s two months, so why not another update?
First of all, the biggest challenge of being on all the eBook stores… Tracking. There aren’t very many great ways to track sales without going to each site to see the data. I’m hoping one day Book Report adds the other stores.
Of course, Kindle is still the king. Recent developments (Amazon finally cracking down on scammers) have made me second guess going wide, but I still think it’s the best approach. I hope it’s a sacrificing short-term (KU page reads going into my bank account) thing for long-term (more people on more platforms, plus really Amazon needs some competition!) thing. I’m guessing it’ll be a year or so before I can really say.
I posted June with a few days left of the month, so here’s July with a few days left. The big difference is that now both books are available on all platforms. The other big difference is that on a lark, I ran a week and a half free promo for book 1, to help give the other platforms a bump, which I think it did.
Kindle: 128 Units sold (up from 57)
Kobo: 7 Unit sold (up from 1)
B&N: 22 Units sold (15 free, 8 paid) (Up from 8)
Google: 0 Units sold (Up from… well still 0)
iBooks: 14 Units sold (Up from 3)
Like I said, Kindle is still king, but I’m optimistic the other platforms will start to move. I’m still honestly blown away about Nook. You nook folks are a loyal bunch, I hope some of that rubs off on me :)
I’ll do a money post soon, but spoiler alert, 2018 is already WAY better than ’17 was for book sales. I’m excited.
Ok, back to work, Space Rogues 3 is halfway there!