KDP Select

How Changes to Amazon’s KDP Select and Review Rankings Impact Authors

Here is how some authors have been gaming self-publishing on Amazon: Write a bunch of short books and get a bunch of friends (or paid reviewers) to give you 5 stars. Add your books to KDP Select—the program that pays authors every time a book is borrowed—and make some money. This will be a strategy …

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The Essential 5-Step Checklist for Running a Successful KDP Select Promotion

The Essential 5-Step Checklist for Running a Successful KDP Select Promotion

One of the biggest mistakes I see new authors make is thinking that it is Amazon’s job to promote their KDP Select Promotion. A KDP Select Promotion is like any other sale, offline or online: it requires planning and advertising on your part. Whether you are planning a Free Book Promotion or a Countdown Deals promotion, following these five basic …

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Searches for Free eBooks Down 28% from December 2010 Peak

According to Google Trends, searches for the term free ebooks doubled between December 2009 and December 2010 but has since dropped by nearly 75%. Searches for the term “free ebooks” during the last five holiday seasons What got me interested in looking at the trend of searching for free eBooks was the Pew Research Internet …

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Book Related Results from Amazon’s 2013 Holiday Highlights

Buried under the headlines about its Prime membership growth (one million new subscribers in one week) I dug out some facts about book selling and related activities. (No, this is not a photo of a Baby Bezos!) Prime members. This is an important number for self-publishers because Prime members that own a Kindle device can …

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