Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > Miscellaneous > Introduce Yourself

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-06-2010, 02:48 AM   #1
brianlawrenson
Author & eBook Publisher
brianlawrenson began at the beginning.
 
brianlawrenson's Avatar
 
Posts: 1
Karma: 10
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Sydney, Australia
Device: Kindle
Author shocked as Amazon slashes his prices

The division of Amazon that oversees Kindle content announced this 1st October that they were dropping the price of 35 popular Kindle eBooks, to zero.

These titles included four titles by Australian author, Brian Lawrenson. Brian’s popular Silk Road Series eBooks normally sell for $2.99. These books are in the travel genre. Twenty of Brian’s eBooks are “shorts” which mean they are short stories that can be read in less than 30 minutes.

The now free eBooks immediately soared in popularity and there were over 4,000 downloads the first day. The most popular title, The Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors, jumped to #1 Best seller in the Travel, China category. This title raced on to the Kindle Top 100 Best Seller list overnight.

Brian commented, “Had Amazon told me that they were making this change, I would have been better prepared for it. My commission is normally 70% on USA sales and 35% for other locations. 70% of zero is still zero”.

The Amazon action comes from a fine print clause that allows them to change prices of an eBook if they find it selling elsewhere for less than the Amazon price. Well, the Silk Road Series of books is listed as free on Barnes and Nobles eBook site. The titles are also on Diesel, Kobo, iBooks and Sony shops. These titles are distributed by Smashwords and the initial pricing was set at zero.

So, if you are into free eBooks, you’d better visit the Kindle bookstore soon.
brianlawrenson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 02:53 AM   #2
MrPLD
Author's pet-geek
MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MrPLD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
MrPLD's Avatar
 
Posts: 912
Karma: 1040670
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North Queensland, Australia
Device: Kindle 3 Wifi
In other forums, people who were on the 35% deal are rejoicing at this move - as they do get their royalties, of which has accumulated for some to over $1000.

Paul.
MrPLD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 03:41 AM   #3
GeoffC
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GeoffC's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,896
Karma: 16968764
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scotland
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW


Welcome to mobileread ....

[Why, oh why, may I ask, did you not write this introduction, instead of posting a commentary?]
GeoffC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 05:11 AM   #4
neilmarr
neilmarr
neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
neilmarr's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,230
Karma: 6000059
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Monaco-Menton, France
Device: sony
Good to have your company, Brian. Forgive my rudeness, but do you wear a toupe? Yup, Amazon works in mysterious ways its blunders to perform. And do remember that they are NOT paying you a 70% or 35% 'royalty', even when they do sell your book at cover price. Amazon is not a publisher by any means; it is a retailer. They are actually taking (respectively) a 30% or 65% sales commission. And these arbitrary freebies are to promote the Kindle store, not a work or its author. Best wishes. Neil
neilmarr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 06:37 AM   #5
MickeyC
Grand Sorcerer
MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
MickeyC's Avatar
 
Posts: 14,366
Karma: 6620864
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Northern Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-505, iPhone 5, Sony T1, iPad 3
Hi Brian and welcome to MobileRead
MickeyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 07:18 AM   #6
ficbot
Wizard
ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ficbot ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,389
Karma: 4115574
Join Date: Sep 2008
Device: Kindle Paperwhite/iOS Kindle App
What an odd intro. It looks like you are the author mentioned, and yet the whole thing is written in third person. Weird.
ficbot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 09:10 AM   #7
neilmarr
neilmarr
neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
neilmarr's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,230
Karma: 6000059
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Monaco-Menton, France
Device: sony
C'mon, Ficbot. Nothing weird about it ... Brian's playing a tongue-in-cheek game with straight reportage. Liked his approach a lot. Makes a refreshing change from temptation online to play in the key of 'I'. Cheers and bestest. Neil
neilmarr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 09:14 AM   #8
ImogenRose
PORTAL
ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
ImogenRose's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,001
Karma: 2884640
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device: Kindle 1, Kindle 3 (3G), iPhone
Hello and welcome to MR!


Imogen
ImogenRose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 10:08 AM   #9
desertgrandma
Enjoying the show....
desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.desertgrandma ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
desertgrandma's Avatar
 
Posts: 14,277
Karma: 8205255
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Arizona
Device: A K1, Kindle Paperwhite, an Ipod, IPad2, Iphone, an Ipad Mini & macAir
Welcome to MoblileRead, brianlawrenson
desertgrandma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 12:40 PM   #10
GeoffC
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GeoffC's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,896
Karma: 16968764
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scotland
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW
Quote:
Originally Posted by neilmarr View Post
C'mon, Ficbot. Nothing weird about it ... Brian's playing a tongue-in-cheek game with straight reportage. Liked his approach a lot. Makes a refreshing change from temptation online to play in the key of 'I'. Cheers and bestest. Neil

But this is the Introduce Yourself Forum (last I looked )
GeoffC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 01:59 PM   #11
happy_terd
Banned
happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 13,048
Karma: 10105011
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Finally made it to Walmart.
Device: PRS 420
hello and welcome to MR!!!
happy_terd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2010, 03:37 PM   #12
CaraM
Guru
CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CaraM ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
CaraM's Avatar
 
Posts: 930
Karma: 1000000
Join Date: Aug 2010
Device: Kindle
Welcome. I know other authors who are happy with what Amazon did. They're making good money.
CaraM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2010, 09:05 AM   #13
Valmore Daniels
Grand Sorcerer
Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Valmore Daniels ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Valmore Daniels's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,604
Karma: 2822668
Join Date: Jul 2010
Device: Kindle
welcome I'm happy for your windfall
Valmore Daniels is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FREE (and bargain) books for the Kindle - May 2011 koland Amazon Kindle 230 06-01-2011 01:38 PM
Prices for amazon books KunoK Amazon Kindle 24 08-08-2010 07:17 PM
Keeping track of Amazon prices? random50 Amazon Kindle 5 02-10-2010 01:12 PM
Waiting For Amazon Prices To Fall to 9.99 poohbear_nc Amazon Kindle 10 09-15-2009 04:15 PM
Amazon Raised Book Prices Lilly Amazon Kindle 20 01-24-2009 11:31 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:05 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.