On October 30, 2013 Amazon.com announced that it would begin offering a digital literary journal weekly. Their plan is to publish fiction-including work from debut authors and stories from around the world translated into English-and poetry. Day One will showcase one writer and one poet per week. Day One will be priced at $19.99 a year and publish direct to Kindle or the Kindle app. You can learn more about this brand new literary effort by Amazon here.
Amazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica. This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes. In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started. In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.
According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen. The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover. Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents. If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com. Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.
Your book listing on Amazon.com, the biggest bookseller in the world, is critical. So long as you follow the rules you can make it as robust as you want. Although you can no longer add pictures to your description you can add special formatting using html to make your description stand out.
In your description consider adding:
An actual one or two paragraph description of the book and characters.
Table of contents for a non-fiction book.
Testimonials or reviews that won’t show up on Amazon.com.
Links to your social media sites.
This space on your Amazon.com description is like gold. Use it wisely!
Have you ever used the Barnes & Noble Pubit self publishing system? In order to better compete with the Kindle self publishing platform B&N have changed the way self publishers submit their books. The new system, Nook Press, allows authors to write and edit within the system rather than uploading a Word document. Authors that used to use the Pubit system need to create a new account in Nook Press. To learn more visit Nook Press. Make sure you read their contract as it has some clauses in it that are new.
There are lots of places to post free books that are part of the Amazon.com KDP promotion. One place you may not have known about is the Kindle Boards the Book Bazaar subforum. You’ll need a free member account first and be sure to follow the rules before posting your freebie!
Today I was looking at a few books for my Kindle when I noticed that almost all of them were lacking. Lacking what, you ask? They were lacking a complete description. Most of them had one line or two that didn’t tell enough about the book to make it worth buying. None of them had an author biography that is easy to create on the sales page itself or through Author Central on Amazon.com.
Your book is going to have hundreds if not thousands of authors competing for every dollar spent on books. Make your book stand out by writing a complete description of at least two paragraphs. Don’t know what to include? Here are some ideas:
- The title of the book
- The type of book (fiction/non-ficiton)
- Category (for example… health or business)
- The intended audience
- Description of the content
- A little bit about you… the author
The more you tell people about your book the more likely they are to want to buy it. Make sure you open an account on Author Central and write a nice biography for yourself!
In the article “As E-Book Sales Rise, Apple iPad Bests Amazon Kindle” Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says “After five years, e-books [are] a multibillion-dollar category for us and growing fast—up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just five percent.”
This is great news for indie authors who publish only on Kindle but it looks like Amazon.com has to contend with the rapid growth of the iPad. You can read the entire article here.
One of the biggest complaints we hear from authors is that there is no way to build relationships with people who buy your e-book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble online. You can circumvent this issue by offering a free “bonus” available to purchasers who visit a lead capture page on your site. For example, if you sell the cookbook “Seventy Sassy Southern Recipes” you could offer the bonus “Ten More Sassy Southern Recipes” for people who click the link in your e-book and register on your lead capture page. Now you have a list of people who want to be notified when your next book is published and you can create a relationship with them!
They both wish to redefine the publishing industry according to David Streitfeld. Streitfeld writes about the collaboration between Amazon.com and Tim Ferris in the New York Times Bit column. Amazon.com is the publisher of the latest Ferris 4 Hour books “The 4-Hour Chef”. According to the article bookstores aren’t carrying the book because they don’t want to help Amazon.com continue to conquer the world. Read the article and tell us what you think!
HarperCollins is the first of three publishers who has negotiated new, lower prices for e-books for Amazon and other e-retailers. A federal judge approved a settlement in early September between three big publishers and e-retailers. The NY Times Media Decoder blog has an article with all the details. You can read about the settlement itself here. What does this mean for authors? It means that they will make less per e-book sold but they may very well sell a great deal more now that prices are more affordable. More books being read is always a good thing!
Copyblogger decided to experiment with the KDP Select Program to give away an e-book for a 48 hour period. At the end of the giveaway, which requires that you stop selling your book elsewhere, Copyblogger discovered numerous benefits from the giveaway including increased sales! To read about the experiment and the results visit Copyblogger.
Amazon.com editors have picked the top 20 best books for 2012 (through June). You can read the list at Amazon.com. It’s interesting to note that the top ten books on the list are from traditional publishers. Amazon is also holding a sweepstakes: “Customers can also enter the Best Books of the Year So Far Sweepstakes on the Amazon.com Books Facebook page through July 23 for a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire devices, each accompanied by a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or over. Learn more [here] and enter for a chance to win.”
Amazon.com entered the publishing industry by purchasing a self publishing company and allowing authors to publish their titles on-demand with them. Due to changes in agreements Amazon.com has with other publishers Barnes & Nobles announced in February, 2012 that it will only carry Amazon.com published titles online and not in their brick stores. How this decision will affect Barnes& Noble’s sales remains to be seen. What effect, if any, will this have on your purchasing decisions?
Is such a bold claim true? We at 42Rules don’t know for sure but it does seem like many of our colleagues and friends are toting around the Kindle’s they received for the holidays! What we do know for sure is that all of the 42Rules books come in a version for Kindle and all of the other e-readers as well. However, if you want an e-reader to read your 42Rules books and you love the Amazon.com catalog then you should consider a Kindle!