I’ve come to the end of my ninety days of exclusivity with Amazon’s KDP Select program. That means that I’m now able to upload and distribute SAVAGE CINDERELLA on other sales channels, such as B&N, Smashwords, and coming soon, Kobo. I thought I would give you my final analysis on my experience.
1) All sales on one distribution channel. Easier accounting and focused marketing plan.
2) Cross promotion opportunities with other KDP Select participants.
3) Five days to offer the book FREE in an effort to gain exposure and readership.
4) Participation in the Prime Lending program (approximately $2 per borrow).
1) Narrows your readership to Kindle owners, and may alienate Nook or I-pad owners.
2) Contributes to Amazon’s attempt to monopolize the e-reader market.
3) Unable to post excerpts for advertising purposes.
Sales for Savage Cinderella from March 15-June 10 1,253
FREE Downloads ~ 40,000
These numbers do not reflect sales of my other titles, hardcopy sales, or foreign sales. I did notice that the numbers remained steady for both of my other titles on Kindle, but very few sales of HIFH or OTI were made on B&N or Smashwords, which has been my experience from the start. Prior to publishing SC with KDP Select, with two titles available, I had sold aproximately 1500 e-books from September to March, primarily on Amazon. So in three months of going with the Select program for only one title, I’d sold almost as many as in the prior six months.
Another benefit to the Select program is that Savage Cinderella made it onto the Kindle Top 100 FREE list twice during the ninety days, and has received thirty-one reviews, culminating in an average four star rating.
All in all, I’m very pleased with the outcome of my KDP Select experience. I’m not sure if I will do it again, only because I think it’s generally bad for the publishing industry for any one entity to have exclusive rights to our work, but I can’t deny the short term benefits are very enticing.
So what do you all think of KDP Select? How do feel about exclusivity in publishing?