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If Your E-Books Aren’t Selling Then Change Them!

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Thanks to a brilliant post on the Warrior Forum we got to thinking about the flexibility we have when publishing e-books for Kindle, Nook, etc.  When you publish an e-book and it isn’t selling you can change the title, cover, description, etc.  If something isn’t working then don’t keep doing it.  That is the definition of insanity.

If you have a published e-book then consider making some changes.  Here is what people on the Warrior Forum recommended changing:

  • Title
  • Cover
  • Author Name
  • Description
  • Keywords
  • Categories
  • Price

If you would like to read the thread yourself visit The Warrior Forum.

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Recommended Book: Money Making Machine

Money Making Machine – How To Publish, Market and Make Money Using Kindle Books is a Kindle book by Anbu Rayappan.  The author wrote this book about his success with Kindle books that he has not even written.  He gives tips on how to outsource books for Kindle in addition to lots of marketing tips.  In 4 QUICK and SIMPLE Steps, he will tell you exactly what you need to do to create and market your book.

Included in this book are tips such as:

  • How to use KDP Select to improve your sales.
  • How to use Google Keyword Tool to effectively market your kindle book
  • how can you convert your passion and expertise into a money-making book
  • how to select a clickable and amazing cover design
  • list of more than 75 power words to create your book description
  • how to effectively use book description to improve seo
  • how to bring your book on to the first page of amazon search result
  • how to choose titles which persuade the customers to click using
  • emotive hidden persuasion technique?
  • How to get your dream cover design from the designer?
  • Where to find excellent cover designs for your book
  • how to use reviews to sell more books?
  • How to make your competitor to sell your book
  • how to get your book appear in “customer who bought…” Section
  • what color should be your cover design?
  • What fonts sell more books?
  • How to get 70% royalty from amazon?
  • What price to choose to maximize your profit?
  • How to sell your book free and still make money?
  • How to get to the top 100 best sellers list?
  • Do you need page break at the end of every page?
  • How to find the right category to sell more copies?
  • An amazing way to figure out the number of copies sold from sales rank.


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Amazon.com Physical Books Growth Lags

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.

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Kindle Publishing: How to Promote Your Ebook by Public Speaking

Marcia Yudkin has written another good article about book promotion.  Although she is talking about promoting Kindle books her advice can work for print books as well.  You can read the entire article on the Warrior Forum.

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Don’t Forget The Reading Audience That Doesn’t Own An E-Reader

Angela Hoy says that about 75% of Americans don’t own an e-reader and some of them never will!  Publishing for Kindle and the Nook is hot, hot, hot but don’t forget that the majority of readers still want to pick up a book and hold it in their hands.  To read Angela’s article click here and while you’re at it subscribe to her free e-zine.

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How to Commission a Cover That Helps Sell Your Ebook

Author Marcia Yudkin has a great article about getting a professional cover for your Kindle book and it has a couple of tips we didn’t know!  You can read it here.

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How Copyblogger Built Their Brand and Their Sales With KDP Select

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.

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The Publishing Tide Is Turning

Thanks to Kindle and other e-readers Indie writers are finally getting the attention they deserve.  Hot off the presses the “50 Shades of Grey” self published Kindle bestseller  trilogy is now in paperback at your local Target and Walmart and the movie rights have already been sold.  The blog “Self-Publishing Success Stories” has compiled a list of more than 170 authors who have sold more than 50,000 self-published ebooks to date.  These sales figures are meant to inspire other authors but the real message is that traditional publishing houses have become dinosaurs.  Unable or unwilling to change with the times they are being left behind while self published authors sell more than many best sellers back in the day.  To see who is selling what and how many visit Self-Publishing Success Stories.

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What’s the future of e-book pricing?

David Carnoy on CNet wants to know “With some publishers settling their antitrust lawsuit with the government, prices for e-books are expected to come down. But how much of a change will we really see?”  Read the rest of the article here.

I don’t know about you, but I spend a ton of money on e-books.  Practically speaking, I don’t mind at all because I can take an entire library on vacation (which I recently did on our Spring Break to Puerta Vallarta).  But I can’t re-sell them or donate them to the local library like I do my hardback and paperback books.  So there is a trade-off.

What do you think?

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Amazon.com Declares Kindle The Best Selling E-Reader In The World

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!

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