Can you make money from Kindle publishing?

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Hi

I am interested to hear from anyone who is making money from Kindle. I've seen lots of tips and advice on this forum about how to publish on Kindle but very little about how others are profiting.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Kindle is a huge part of my business. I have TONS of fun with it and make good money with it as well.

    I'm sure you've noticed this thread where myself and others are sharing information on the subject:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...wants-one.html

    Feel free to PM me or add me on Skype if you want to talk more in-depth about Kindle, I love helping people get started!
  • Profile picture of the author KillerJVs
    My guess is that they wouldn't be posting on the forum because they'd be out profiting from the work they are doing with the kindle platform...

    I've published a couple of short ebooks on Kindle and make a couple of sales a day just from correct title naming.

    So there isn't any secret, it's just about actually doing it...

    -Matt
  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

    my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
    I agree with this. Erotica is big now, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't end up on the chopping block.

    Something tells me Amazon doesn't exactly want to be known as the #1 place to go for erotica, sex-fetish love books.

    Could be wrong though.
  • Profile picture of the author arekoseng
    Kindle is a big part of my business friends. They have a LOT of fun with it and make good money with it too.
  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    The Kindle publishing business is a great way to make money on if you know how to.

    These are some tips to help you:

    1. Judge a book by its cover

    Remember that, when it comes to actually SELLING your book (as opposed to reading it), the cover is king. Spend time on it.

    2. Choose your keywords carefully

    Until recently, Amazon allowed uploaders to add as many keyword tags to their Kindle titles as they liked (i.e. words which will help the book show up in searches), but not any more. You’re currently allowed just seven, so choose them with great care.


    3. Don’t underestimate the value of your work

    There’s great debate all over the ebook world about pricing. All to often, the advice is: make it as near to free as possible. While this does entice some readers, it also badly devalues the long hours of work you’ve put into your book.


    4. Throw away your copy of Word

    Although you CAN upload Word documents for conversion into Kindle format, I’d say don’t. Unless you’re prepared to re-upload it every time you find some weird formatting glitch in the finished product. And ebook readers HATE formatting glitches.


    5. Plan ahead

    When you come to write your next masterpiece, think ahead. If needs be, don’t write it in Word at all, just use a simple text editor. It makes for less work later on.
  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

    my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
    I agree. I think erotica will get a slap down. I already know a few people whose books were removed without notice.
  • Profile picture of the author anders3397
    I agree not to undervalue your work. If you choose the right niche and really deliver value, you can charge a lot more than 0.99c. Then you don't need to sell that many to make a good income and establish yourself as an authority in that market if you want to too.
  • Profile picture of the author aprilm
    Kindle is my main source of internet income.

    I don't think you'll see many people actually throwing their profit numbers around because

    a) success is defined differently by everyone
    b) many people look at this as private information, especially on the internet, where privacy is a huge issue

    As far as how profitable Kindle can be, just to give you an idea..... I first started in IM in 2010. Since then I have tried Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, and CPA....have built over 7 websites.....and finally I published my first book on Kindle, and while I still utilize affiliate marketing alongside my Kindle books, by far, Kindle publishing has been the most profitable venture I have tried.

    So, in answer to your question "Can you make money from Kindle publishing?"....yes, you can. Anyone can. You just have to stick to it, work hard, and work smart.
  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    I've got a few books up on Kindle and they have made me some decent money. I love the platform and the ease to upload ebooks, HOWEVER...

    I would not use KDP as my Primary Business Model simply due to the fact that all it takes is for Amazon to change their algorithm or something (which they have over the last couple of months) and BOOM...your business could spiral completely out of control.

    For an additional income stream I'd say "YEAH, go for it, there's money to be made there". But as a Primary Business.... I'd say "NO". That's just my personal opinion on the matter though..
  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I wrote a handful of books a year or so ago and they continue to earn autopilot commissions.

    These books are in a variety of niches and generally sell without any promotion at all.

    So yeah, you can definitely make money with Kindle
  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I love publishing on kindle.... I have a few books out there and they do ok... it is essen5rally easy money once the book has been written....

    Danny
  • Profile picture of the author wordsuwant
    I'm interested in writing books to publish on Kindle but not really sure since the market is so saturated these days and a lot of people have far more knowledge than I do on the hot topics. How do you get people to your book? Just promote on your blog or when you write articles?
  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    Most of the stuff on kindle these days are PLR anyway.
  • Profile picture of the author BackLinkiT
    Originally Posted by wlasikiewicz View Post

    Most of the stuff on kindle these days are PLR anyway.
    I think you'll find that is garbage, old chap, if you bother to look.
  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    We have dabbled with it - still prefer publishing ebooks and information products on other platforms where I get more control and higher perceived price.

    We have had some success with lower-priced Kindle reports driving traffic into sales funnel for higher-end products...this is one way that I only see a few people leveraging the Kindle network

    Jeff
  • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
    Here are the basics for being successful on Kindle:

    1. Good book of course
    2. Great cover, make sure you can read the title at thumbnail size
    3. Catchy title. I like using a title and sub-title, giving me a chance to put in a few keywords
    4. Make sure the first 10% of your eBook contains real value. This is what is displayed in Amazon in the Look Inside section. Buyers use this to make their buying decision. So, start your book off strong, good advice anyway.
    5. Write a good description, the first paragraph is your sales pitch
    6. Pick 7 good keywords. Try this: decide on the best natural keywords describing your book. Now put each of those keywords into Amazon search box. See what comes up in their 10 recommended searches. The ones that fit your book are the keywords you want to use. There is more to this technique but this is the basic idea.
    7. Go with Kindle Prime and use all 5 free days every 90 days. I try to space them out. Others go with 2 or 3 days back to back.
    8. Remind readers in your book preface that they can leave a review on Amazon if they like the book.
    9. Don't forget to set up your Amazon Author page. Amazon USA, UK, CA, Germany, Italy all have separate Author pages, you will need to set up each one if you sell in those countries.
    10. If you have a blog for your book or as an author make sure you syndicate your blog through RSS. Then link that blog into your Amazon Author page.

    ...
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I have not tried Kindle yet, is this similar to selling ebooks via Amazon? And can you sell the ebooks you created for Kindle at Amazon as well?
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Kindle can be good for business. Just make sure it's a 100% original ebook that you wrote yourself.
  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    Originally Posted by wordsuwant View Post

    I'm interested in writing books to publish on Kindle but not really sure since the market is so saturated these days and a lot of people have far more knowledge than I do on the hot topics. How do you get people to your book? Just promote on your blog or when you write articles?
    You really need to build your brand as an author. Too many people are trying to shortcut this and then they are disappointed when it doesn't work. The Kindle is amazing for people who write great books and then market their books and build an author brand to promote those books.

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