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Old 05-21-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Amazons KDP Select, $2.48 per download

Hello, I just got a newsletter from Amazon saying that every book that was downloaded in April through the Kindle Direct Publishing program received $2.48 per download. This sounds pretty good to me. Does that sound decent to you? What I am still wondering about is if all the money is taken from payments from Amazon Prime members, or If Amazon is tossing in a bit of change to entice new authors and readers at this early stage of the paradigm shift?

I suppose the writing community is split between those who wish to actually set their own prices on their works and those who believe in the future of digital distribution.

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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The e-mail I received said the author received $2.48 each time one of their books was borrowed.

The money sounds great, as I would not earn much more than that for selling an e-book through them.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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The e-mail I received said the author received $2.48 each time one of their books was borrowed.

The money sounds great, as I would not earn much more than that for selling an e-book through them.
Borrowed? as in lent between individual ereaders or individuals, files sent through social media etc..., but not directly using Amazon? I'm not sure the KDP is set up for that sort thing but it sounds interesting.

I imagine the Hunger Games was the most downloaded book but some actual data would be nice.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:35 AM   #4
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I think you are probably both talking about the same thing?
(downloading/borrowing through the Kindle Lending Library)
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:41 AM   #5
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sounds good to me. a little makes a lot.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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That sounds generous. Does anyone know the average and median price of books in the KDP?
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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That sounds generous. Does anyone know the average and median price of books in the KDP?
I'm sure someone does, these are about books in the KDP Select program, which is a part of the KDP, maybe I'll change the thread title.

Anyway, most people seem to think that setting your book at 2.99 American is the way to go...

I do think there is a distinction between borrowing and lending, I am just not quite sure what it is yet.
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I do think there is a distinction between borrowing and lending, I am just not quite sure what it is yet.
Just a guess...

Lending = One user lending their copy to another (provided lending is enabled)

Borrowing = Prime members borrowing a copy from the Kindle Lending Library
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
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I wouldn't mind seeing that kind of extra money come in at all. Every little bit helps.
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I wouldn't mind seeing that kind of extra money come in at all. Every little bit helps.
It's not quite extra money, from my understanding, books in the KDP Select library do not have a price tag, unless after reading you decide to keep the book indefinitely? But still, the author is compensated after the book has been read, which is good, at least in theory.

The lending/borrowing distinction is pretty good, do KDP Select books have lending enabled?
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Still not worth it for me, as I would have to give up my sales through all other channels. Even though Amazon is the largest chunk of my sales for many of my titles, my overall royalties from my combined Smashwords affiliate sales are higher.
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Still not worth it for me, as I would have to give up my sales through all other channels. Even though Amazon is the largest chunk of my sales for many of my titles, my overall royalties from my combined Smashwords affiliate sales are higher.
This kind of thing makes a one bookstore to rule them all sound a bit better. Especially if nothing is able to be priced/sold.
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KDP Select was pretty good to me (and many others) early on, but it was pretty short-lived, as in just for a few months. Lately, borrows are way down (for me, anyway) and I'm looking forward to pulling my books out so I can re-introduce them to the wider market.
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KDP Select was pretty good to me (and many others) early on, but it was pretty short-lived, as in just for a few months. Lately, borrows are way down (for me, anyway) and I'm looking forward to pulling my books out so I can re-introduce them to the wider market.
There are now 156,000 titles. They were fewer titles early on.
Plus, the Hunger Game movie may have led some to the sequels.
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