Kindle Authors - What About iBooks?

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Anyone out there is who publishing on Kindle also doing it with iBooks? Any reasons to do this or not to do this? Just wondering since I rarely see anyone talking about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Yep. Once the KDP Select program is no longer benefitting you, then you should publish your books on Ibooks, Kobo, B&N, Smashwords and any other outlets you can find. The more places you have books for sale the merrier!

    I have some of my books that aren't in KDP select any more on Apple and some of them do a better than on Amazon. Mind you, these are books that only make like 4 or 5 sales a week, but you can almost make twice as much by moving them to other platforms.

    If you have a Mac, you can publish directly to iTunes….otherwise I think you have to use something like Smashwords or Lulu to get your book on there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Publish your stuff wherever you can. A friend of mine just got a check for $300 a few days ago from Smashwords, which distributes your books to many different places.
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  • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
    Anyone out there is who publishing on Kindle also doing it with iBooks? Any reasons to do this or not to do this? Just wondering since I rarely see anyone talking about it.
    The reason you don't see people talking about this on the Warrior Forum is that Internet marketers are blindly loyal to the KDP Select program which requires giving Amazon exclusivity for 90 days.

    Most of the people who tout the KDP Select program have not actually tested making their ebooks available on all channels. I have done this testing, and for my topics and my readership, it's better for me to publish on all channels. I use Smashwords to do this, and have been surprised to see that I'm getting sales right on Smashwords itself as well as in the iBookstore and Kobo.

    Also, it's worth noting that a client of mine who is blind told me that she can only purchase products from the iBookstore. She says Amazon is not usable by whatever technology she uses to "read" as a blind person. To me, that's an important reason to refrain from giving Amazon exclusivity.

    Marcia Yudkin
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by marciayudkin View Post

      The reason you don't see people talking about this on the Warrior Forum is that Internet marketers are blindly loyal to the KDP Select program which requires giving Amazon exclusivity for 90 days.

      Most of the people who tout the KDP Select program have not actually tested making their ebooks available on all channels. I have done this testing, and for my topics and my readership, it's better for me to publish on all channels. I use Smashwords to do this, and have been surprised to see that I'm getting sales right on Smashwords itself as well as in the iBookstore and Kobo.

      Also, it's worth noting that a client of mine who is blind told me that she can only purchase products from the iBookstore. She says Amazon is not usable by whatever technology she uses to "read" as a blind person. To me, that's an important reason to refrain from giving Amazon exclusivity.

      Marcia Yudkin
      I donĀ“t have much stats, and only tried kindle select so far...

      what I noticed is that in a book with steady sales of 1.5 books a day in average, after the free days went to 3 a day as average. It is more or less stable after 3 weeks.

      It is probably not the select per se, but the free days and the campaign I did for the free days.

      But those free days turned out to be useful.

      I will take another lil book I have in similar conditions, and publish via all the channels at once and see what happens.
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    • Profile picture of the author drc66
      Originally Posted by marciayudkin View Post

      The reason you don't see people talking about this on the Warrior Forum is that Internet marketers are blindly loyal to the KDP Select program which requires giving Amazon exclusivity for 90 days.

      Most of the people who tout the KDP Select program have not actually tested making their ebooks available on all channels. I have done this testing, and for my topics and my readership, it's better for me to publish on all channels. I use Smashwords to do this, and have been surprised to see that I'm getting sales right on Smashwords itself as well as in the iBookstore and Kobo.

      Also, it's worth noting that a client of mine who is blind told me that she can only purchase products from the iBookstore. She says Amazon is not usable by whatever technology she uses to "read" as a blind person. To me, that's an important reason to refrain from giving Amazon exclusivity.

      Marcia Yudkin
      I understand you can publish on KDP, ibook and B&N at the same time if you change the cover, subtitle and chapter names. I don't know if you have to change the author's name. Does anybody have anymore info as to where I read the rules so I can make sure I am compliant with KDP?
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    Kindles select program is very seldom worthwhile. Create as many opportunities as you can for people to buy your work ........multiple income streams. I use Smashwords which distributes across a number of platforms. Sales are currently slower than Kindle but the gap is closing!
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingva
    Hi,

    When I learned that Amazon changed their policy regarding commissions paid to free e-book sites I stopped adding books to the KDP select program. I'm going to start adding them to Smashwords next week.

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