Is anybody actually making money with Kindle books?

Profile picture of the author Matt Poc by Matt Poc Posted: 03/21/2011
Hey,

I just wanted to ask this question:

Is anybody actually making money selling Kindle books?

It is a hot topic, but I don't know anybody who would be making money with these little books.

If somebody is making money with that, could you reveal us how much you're making?

I am already making money from internet marketing and I am really curious about Kindle books, but I don't think it is worth my time.

What do you think?

Thanks,
Matt Poc
#books #kindle #making #money

  • Profile picture of the author royljestr
    royljestr
    Well, I'm pretty sure Amazon is :-) Beyond that...most of the "Make Money using Kindle" things are garbage...they basically tell you to take your PLR and sell them as kindle book and then before you know it you will be making millions...or should I say you will actually be making nothing
  • Profile picture of the author Afreidman
    Afreidman
    Heya,

    I saw a webinar recently about it that really made me excited about giving it a try...

    After a day or two i realized that its basically putting out crap on amazons website.

    A better idea is put your reports up on there to get more credibility in your niche!
  • Profile picture of the author jonnyrhinestone
    jonnyrhinestone
    I'm pretty sure the only people that make money with Kindle books are authors, and publishers, not marketers. I think for marketers and others it's more of a way to increase your awareness, visibility, and credibility rather than make money.
  • Profile picture of the author Nick30
    Nick30
    i couldnt imagine so.
  • Profile picture of the author fitz10
    fitz10
    Yes, people right here in the Warrior Forum are making money from it, but they aren't using garbage tactics like using crappy PLR.
  • Profile picture of the author mmixon
    mmixon
    I make $100 a month every month. I have 500+ plr books uploaded, but sell about 50 of them over and over.
    The books that sell??? The ones that women that watch Oprah would buy. Forget about anything to do with internet marketing.
    Write your own or find some good plr books or public domain books.
  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    donhx
    I have some full length books I have written on Amazon, both in print and in Kindle format.

    The distributor (Amazon) or the format (print, Kindle) does not change the dynamics of book marketing, and that it you must promote your books like crazy to get decent sales. The distributor and format guarantees nothing. The trick, as always, is in the marketing.

    Personally, I am sorry that PLR and other crap is making making it onto Amazon. More unreasoned "get-rich-quick" opportunism as far as I'm concerned. It won't work on Amazon for two reasons: Amazon takes too big of a bite for it to be seriously profitable, and because Amazon will be clearing out junk just as Google is doing.
  • Profile picture of the author Canuckystan
    Canuckystan
    Making sales on Kindle is tough. I have a fiction book on there with a bunch of great reviews and crappy sales numbers. At first I spent 4 hours a day marketing it and it was doing pretty well. As soon as I stopped marketing as much sales tanked. There is just too much crap on there for readers to find you organically.

    The exceptions like Amanda Hocking prove the rule.
  • Profile picture of the author jwiggens
    jwiggens
    Absolutely. I've had success with putting a couple of my ebooks on Amazon and make a few sales a month. The process of actually putting a book up using Amazon DTP is very straight-forward and doesn't cost a cent so I'd recommend giving it a try.
  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    donhx
    Originally Posted by Canuckystan View Post
    Making sales on Kindle is tough. I have a fiction book on there with a bunch of great reviews and crappy sales numbers. At first I spent 4 hours a day marketing it and it was doing pretty well. As soon as I stopped marketing as much sales tanked. There is just too much crap on there for readers to find you organically.

    The exceptions like Amanda Hocking prove the rule.

    I agree with you, except I don't think Amanda Hocking is an exception. She had a good blog with a solid following and that was the launch pad for her tremendous success.

    To be successful with a book you need a "platform" like a blog or some other kind of following such as being an expert in a certain filed or famous for another reason.

    Yes, she did have lots of good fortune too--I'd say much of that came from her followers who were not afraid to share how much they liked her book. Word of mouth is still the very best kind of promotion.
  • Profile picture of the author Canuckystan
    Canuckystan
    I meant she was the exception to the rule that the vast majority of authors will only see a few sales per month on Kindle, not that she was just fortunate.

    She submitted her books to every single book review blogger out there at one point, which she says was the beginning of seeing big sales, as each review had a direct link to the kindle sales page.
  • Profile picture of the author Daredevil Marketing
    Daredevil Marketing
    We've been testing in the space for a while now and have had mixed results. We're finally fine-tuning what seems to be a profitable strategy and dumping what hasn't worked for us.

    Like donhx said, there's a LOT of crap making its way into the markets now and the real challenge is making your products stand out from the crowd. Doing that has made the major difference between profitable products and busts for us.

    Make no mistake, there's lots of opportunity there but from our experience, the WSO's that were made concerning Kindle marketing were way off mark. I'm not saying that they won't work, but we've been testing the market for well over 13 months now and anything remotely close to what those guides taught were not only not profitable, but were complete busts - meaning that even massive tweaking couldn't turn the project(s) profitable.

    However, a few different approaches have returned promising results but I'm afraid that is information I'll have to keep to myself for the time being.
  • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
    thegotoguy
    I suggest you get into private label publishing. By buying ebooks with PLR rights you can render them to PDF after adding your name and URLS and then list them on Amazon. But you should also list them on your own sites and blogs and then offer them in multiple formats like e-Pub and mobi as well as PDF. I sell a few books on Amazon here and there (not enough to brag about), but I sell tons of tablet books in my tablet book store. But just like Amazon, you have to market your own sites and blogs (if you choose to sell on them) day in and day out. So in essence, there is no easy fix for increasing your sales but I'd rather keep 70% of my book sales (minus the paypal fee) than to get a 30% commission for working my tail off to push Amazon books. I hope that makes sense.
  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    Kierkegaard
    I put stuff on Amazon as a book, people buy it and I get money. As long as you get an ISBN, somewhere like lulu will sort out getting it on Amazon for free. I don't market the Amazon side, the sales I get must be from people browsing Amazon and finding it. Although I noticed the other day that the Amazon page was appearing Google for my keywords.

    Scaling things up I could make quite decent money selling books on Amazon.
  • Profile picture of the author thegotoguy
    thegotoguy
    I agree, it all boils down to your marketing potential and the willpower to invest your time to do it.
  • Profile picture of the author imon32red
    imon32red
    I make a living from selling Kindle books. I don't sell PLR or any other crap. I have sold public domain titles in the past, but Amazon doesn't allow them. In order to make money on the Kindle these days you must have first rate work, multiple books, and you have to build your own following. There was a time when you could put a book up on Amazon and people would at least try it. Those days are gone thanks to all the people selling PLR and other crap.
  • Profile picture of the author edlewis
    edlewis
    I sell thousands of ebooks a month on Kindle.

    A large portion of those sales come from maybe 3 or 4 ebooks....however, I have around 50 more that make sales. Some only make a couple sales a month...others make a few sales a day.

    It all adds up.

    I'm not a fan of those who basically "SPAM" Amazon with junk PLR...and I'm not a fan of those who line their own pockets by teaching others to do it.

    With that said, I do have several ebooks I've published from PLR content. However, I take the time to re-brand these ebooks. I give them a new title, a new cover, and edit some of the content.
  • Profile picture of the author cage73
    cage73
    I published my first book on February 19th of this year and so far to date I have made 74 sales from that one book. My second book which was published around the 1st of March has garnered 27 sales. That is definitely not going to break the bank but I was able to find a hungry market that is willing to spend money for information on this particular subject. My plans are now to upscale my efforts and write more books in this particular subject. I actually have two more books that should be completed within a day or two. So far I have not done any marketing for these books but plan to get the ball rolling in the next few days.

    I'm not using any PLR for these books but a combination of Public Domain material and my own knowledge of this particular subject.

    Publishing on Kindle is no different than creating products for any particular market. Find a market with hungry buyers, create a quality product and if your lucky the sales will start rolling in.
  • Profile picture of the author Peeps66
    Peeps66
    Originally Posted by edlewis View Post
    I sell thousands of ebooks a month on Kindle.

    A large portion of those sales come from maybe 3 or 4 ebooks....however, I have around 50 more that make sales. Some only make a couple sales a month...others make a few sales a day.

    It all adds up.

    I'm not a fan of those who basically "SPAM" Amazon with junk PLR...and I'm not a fan of those who line their own pockets by teaching others to do it.

    With that said, I do have several ebooks I've published from PLR content. However, I take the time to re-brand these ebooks. I give them a new title, a new cover, and edit some of the content.
    What sort of sales rank are you getting to sell an ebook with the numbers your suggesting. Is it under 10,000 for instance
  • Profile picture of the author JayPeete
    JayPeete
    Originally Posted by edlewis View Post
    With that said, I do have several ebooks I've published from PLR content. However, I take the time to re-brand these ebooks. I give them a new title, a new cover, and edit some of the content.
    That's how you take it from junk to palatable.

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