Is anybody actually making money with Kindle books?

by Matt Poc 334 replies
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
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  • Profile picture of the author 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
      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 Page-One
      Don't know if I saw the same webinar you did, but a couple days ago I went to a webinar replay about Kindle. Downloaded the vid rather than watching it onsite. Glad I did. Webinar was a couple hours long. Skipping through to the end, I saw the "sell" for a $1,000 "Make Kindle Money" package.

      Into Ye Olde Recycle Binne it went!

      If the guy is making such a killing with Kindle, why does he need to charge an obscene price for his great wisdom?
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Poc
      Originally Posted by royljestr View Post

      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
      Ha ha, this is a really great point, Amazon is really making money from Kindle books

      By the way, I know a few people who make money with Kindle books, but most of them take regular ebooks and convert them for other people for a fee
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  • Profile picture of the author 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick30
    i couldnt imagine so.
  • Profile picture of the author 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.
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    • Profile picture of the author 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.
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    • Profile picture of the author Realnz
      Originally Posted by fitz10 View Post

      Yes, people right here in the Warrior Forum are making money from it, but they aren't using garbage tactics like using crappy PLR.
      Crappy PLR? Look at the second thing you promote in your signature.
    • Profile picture of the author slw081066
      Originally Posted by fitz10 View Post

      Yes, people right here in the Warrior Forum are making money from it, but they aren't using garbage tactics like using crappy PLR.
      I don't even think you're technically allowed to use PLR on Kindle. I think they also frown on compiling blog posts into a book. I'm working on a book I plan to sell on Kindle and then read about that, because I do include some things I wrote in the past in there, so now I have to edit the whole thing to ensure that the quality is what Kindle wants. I have purchased a few Kindle books that were total crap though so I'm not sure how great their quality control is.
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  • Profile picture of the author 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.
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    • Profile picture of the author 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 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.
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  • Profile picture of the author 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.
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    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
    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
      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.
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  • Profile picture of the author 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.

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