by fin
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Haha just kidding, it's not another one of those threads so don't get your panties in a twist.

I was thinking about something I'm actually going to be doing. I was just wondering what your thoughts are on the matter.

Personally, I hate the whole concept of eBooks. Charging someone $27 or whatever, when proper books are sold on Amazon for less than $15. I just think it's too much, but then if you try and sell cheap eBooks some people will think they are poorer quality.

This is a big thing that I didn't know until recently, buy you don't even need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle viewer from amazon and buy/read them from the comfort of your laptop.

Not only that but Kindle books are much easier to read. No scrolling down and faffing about with them. You can simply hit the downward arrow key and it turns to the next page. Winner!

So I'm going to be making my products available in Kindle form and pricing them as standard. Too bad if affiliates are only interested in the money and don't want to promote my books.

I was thinking that as well as being cheaper and easier to read, sending your customers to (trusty) amazon might actually increase the conversion rate.

Bonus: You will also get extra buyers who find you through Amazon, especially when your chart position will be increasing when your readers by your books.

So, what do you think? Is it a good idea for my to kill eBooks from my blog (apart from freebies (including opt-in))?
#dead #ebooks
  • Profile picture of the author davidkings
    no ebooks are not dead, they are alive. information will always be needed in readable form.
    i dont know in 20 years though lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by davidkings View Post

      no ebooks are not dead, they are alive. information will always be needed in readable form.
      i dont know in 20 years though lol.
      Nice of you to read Fin's whole post. :confused:

      Fin, I wrote my first e-book last night. I was reading Shay's monster post from a few days ago and inspiration hit me. Between 11P-5A (yes, overnight), I put together a 4400 word book across 15-16 pages or so.

      I'm trying to figure out how to get it to look right in Kindle, but that's apparently harder than I thought it would be. I may end up hiring that part out to Fiverr or WFH or something....have any tips on it? I'm thinking of either giving it away on Amazon (I'm giving it away for free now anyways) or charging $0.99 since it's an Amazon book and I can make a little on it.

      What do you think?

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        Nice of you to read Fin's whole post. :confused:
        Sometimes I wonder if we should put complete original posts in the little hover window you get when you mouse over the subject line. Probably wouldn't help.

        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        Fin, I wrote my first e-book last night. I was reading Shay's monster post from a few days ago and inspiration hit me. Between 11P-5A (yes, overnight), I put together a 4400 word book across 15-16 pages or so.
        Not picking on you, Jason, but here's one of the things I'm having trouble getting past. I have problems calling 15 pages a 'book'. That's more like a long article to me. Like I said, though, that's my mental block...
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  • Profile picture of the author Smalls91
    I've been sitting on one for a while. I was hoping they weren't dead lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      @JaRyCu

      Definitely download Sigil to format your book.

      Then download Calibre and change your book to .Mobi form. You can upload this straight to Kindle...

      ... But you can also download the Kindle PC reader and open your book in there to check formatting. It's easy to just fix it in Sigil, change it to .Mobi in Calibre and check it on the reader again.

      Then just upload to Amazon when done.

      BTW, it needs to be $2.99 to get 70% royalties, otherwise it's 30%.
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      • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
        @Fin I've been thinking along the same lines. I've always thought it was strange to pay more for ebooks than hard copies. With Amazon you get their sales machine and potentially higher sales, you can also use Createspace to sell hard copies.

        @JaRyCu You can set a price then choose some free days to build the feedback up. Would stop giving it away free elsewhere though.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    Ebooks are more alive than ever...... Highly recommend you either create your own ebboks or sell them as an affiliate
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  • Profile picture of the author jesisco
    No, they are not. Still needed in order to share informations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cerbera
    I have a few planned and there are many people on the web who havent even bought ebooks, maybe they'll kindle first as it has the consumer element. Many will certainly at sometime get introduced to them for learning or progression. Remember most of us here are pushing boundaries in marketing and we see them each day.

    They have some life in them yet!

    Dean
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Cerbera View Post

      I have a few planned and there are many people on the web who havent even bought ebooks, maybe they'll kindle first as it has the consumer element. Many will certainly at sometime get introduced to them for learning or progression. Remember most of us here are pushing boundaries in marketing and we see them each day.

      They have some life in them yet!

      Dean
      It's not about them having life left.

      It's about doing what's best for our readers and offering them something for a much cheaper price, which let's face it - we should be doing in the first place.

      I say kick out eBooks and convert to Kindle .
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Wouldn't it be nice if people actually read the post before commenting. Is that really too much to ask? Geez

    Anyway, Fin. I buy a lot of books. Most of the time I read my Kindle books on my computer instead of on my Kindle. But it's nice to have the option to do either one.

    The only disadvantage to Kindle -- you can't print them out. When I buy an ebook I often print out the ones I really like and take notes in margins, etc. Of course maybe that's just me, maybe you can print Kindle books and I just haven't figured out how.

    Rose
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post


      The only disadvantage to Kindle -- you can't print them out. When I buy an ebook I often print out the ones I really like and take notes in margins, etc. Of course maybe that's just me, maybe you can print Kindle books and I just haven't figured out how.

      Rose
      Good point. It's something I'm going to have to email Amazon about and get them to sort it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Prowebstakht
    I dont think that ebooks are dead. It depends on what you publish and which audience you are targeting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Good grief. The "ha ha just kidding" are the first words of the post people! Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Ebooks are definitely dead...no one needs information anymore!

    Seriously, ebooks are convenience. Most people want information now. They could dig and probably find it, but they want the info now. And, if it is good information that they put to good use, the tiny investment of an ebook is well worth it.

    Good luck with your ebook, Smalls.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Its threads like this that make me wish we had a thumbs down feature.

    This really needs to be done imo.

    IF ANOTHER PERSON SAYS "EBOOKS ARE NOT DEAD" I'M TAKING 100 EBOOKS AND SLAUGHTERING EVERY SINGLE ONE WHILE THEIR MOMMIES WATCH.


    CALL MY BLUFF, I DARE YOU!
    Btw good thread.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      Not picking on you, Jason, but here's one of the things I'm having trouble getting past. I have problems calling 15 pages a 'book'. That's more like a long article to me. Like I said, though, that's my mental block...
      I know John...inside the document I just call it a report. I'm a salesman at heart, though...15 years of selling things and it kind of dies hard.

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  • Profile picture of the author ttdub
    Ebooks are doing great and only going to get better.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Originally Posted by ttdub View Post

    Ebooks are doing great and only going to get better.
    You know what? Screw killing ebooks.



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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    Ebooks are most definitely not dead and I think it is very smart of you to want to market your books on kindle. I have been doing the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgeek2727
    Lol at the people who obviously did not read the OP's post.

    E-books are a great way for webmasters and others to make revenue from their visitors, in fact with adsense and adbrite paying so low, I believe that affiliate marketing is your best option. Are these E-books on your blog, your own E-books or are you doing affiliate marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    quite funny U posted this.

    Soon As i opened up this thread, I got two orders for my latest ebook sitting on clickbank, tis for the most stupid of niches too. If I told you would laugh yourself to sleep tonight.

    So yes! Ebooks are dead!!
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineMoneyKid
    It depends eBooks and eCourses are used a lot for opt in's but they may not be as popular as they once were but I still think they are definitely relevant

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author bizopp71
    They can't be totally dead. I sold a few ebooks this year. But not consistantly.
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  • Profile picture of the author LegionNate
    I can't even tell if these last few people who are mentioning that ebooks are not dead, are joking or not. I like to think they are joking.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    They're a alive and well and selling like hotcakes in the WSO section right now as we speak!

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author patobryan
    When pricing eBooks, it's fun to look at the whole demand curve- see at what price you gross the most money. There's no delivery cost or production cost, so what difference does it make what the price is? What's important is what price brings the maximum gross income.

    We've been having a world of fun with five and seven dollar products- with downsells!

    OTOH, sometimes I'll price a certain book high on Amazon as a point of reference- establishes a verifiable value for my content.
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