Kindle vs. PDF Download

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If I have a 60 page PDF is it better to sell it directly on my own blog or website for $7 or sell it via Kindle as a Kindle title for the same price?

Does anyone have experience/success with Kindle books?
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  • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
    Why not both?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Kaye
      Originally Posted by blackli0n View Post

      Why not both?
      Kindle doesn't allow you to sell books on another platform if you offer through Kindle Direct...or so I thought...
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      • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
        Originally Posted by Mark Kaye View Post

        Kindle doesn't allow you to sell books on another platform if you offer through Kindle Direct...or so I thought...
        No, Mark. That is only when you sign up for the Kindle Select program which is part of Kindle.

        You can offer a book on Kindle, but not Select, anywhere you want.

        Just be aware that Amazon/Kindle will price match the lowest price
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    The best would be to sell it on Kindle,
    your web site and any other channel
    that you can find (nook, WSO etc.).
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  • Profile picture of the author JeniferStarr
    If you want to take advantage of Kindle Select, you can only publish on Kindle. The advantage is that people can borrow your book and you can offer free days to help build a greater number of readers.

    But if you don't want to be restricted, you can publish on Amazon as well as your own site and through other bookstores.

    Publishing on Kindle is fairly simple and there are some easy ways to promote your book. But you'll still want to promote through your own site and social media even if it can only be purchased on Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    If you are driving the traffic to your own site anyway, you might as well offer it for kindle, nook, iPad etc..

    And, what the heck, also make a paperback via createspace.

    As stated above, you can't join the kdp select program but you will get the advantage of exposure in the different marketplaces.

    Not sure if the $7 price will be good for that market, but I guess you'd need to test that and see.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Originally Posted by Mark Kaye View Post

    If I have a 60 page PDF is it better to sell it directly on my own blog or website for $7 or sell it via Kindle as a Kindle title for the same price?

    Does anyone have experience/success with Kindle books?
    I would say start with KDP Select. This is Amazons program where you give them exclusivity for 90 days. Then you can run free promos, get borrows etc.
    If you find you don't get results from that then offer it on your website etc. It is easier to start with the program then backtrack and try it.

    Used correctly Amazon can be an amazing way to sell books and you may find that you sell many more there using KDP Select than if you used regular KDP, your website, Smashwords and a bunch of other sites etc.

    I have had several books become best sellers in their category thanks to KDP Select. So well worth it to try it out IMO.
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      You can do both. I have a product that I sell for $19.95 from one of my websites and for $2.99 on Kindle. It's the same content, different formatting, different sales platform and different audience.

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      • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
        Originally Posted by marciayudkin View Post

        You can do both. I have a product that I sell for $19.95 from one of my websites and for $2.99 on Kindle. It's the same content, different formatting, different sales platform and different audience.

        Marcia Yudkin
        And that doesn't cause issues? Does it have the same title, or have your subtly changed it so that it isn't easily detected as the same thing?
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  • Profile picture of the author RachelLily
    sell it directly on your own site, you'll have 100% of the profit. ever taught of that?
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      And that doesn't cause issues? Does it have the same title, or have your subtly changed it so that it isn't easily detected as the same thing?
      Very same title. No, it doesn't cause problems. It's just like you can sell the "same" airplane seat for $300 or $3000 depending on how someone made their reservation.

      Or, the very same book costs a different amount if you buy it on Amazon or in your local bookshop or take it out of the public library on your library card.

      No one is shopping both on my website and on Kindle at the same time for the same item.

      And if anyone did complain it would be very easy to remedy. I have a generous refund policy.

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    • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
      Originally Posted by RachelLily View Post

      sell it directly on your own site, you'll have 100% of the profit. ever taught of that?
      If he sold it on his own site AND offered it on Kindle (and B&N, iBook Store and Kobo) he would have the best of both worlds.

      Ever "taught" of that?

      :rolleyes:

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  • Profile picture of the author Sushiman1111
    I have had experience selling the same product on both Kindle and my own site. I've done this with two products; one I decided to leave on both sites, the other I took the Kindle version down.

    Why? Because the other product contained "secrets" that people were highlighting on their Kindles and which then showed up on Amazon's website. Also, I tested and found that sales from the Kindle store were eating away at sales on my website.

    Various products are different, and of course it may be that, as someone mentioned above, it's like selling an airline seat for various prices to various audiences. But I think that until you test you're not really going to know for sure. I know that I put a link to my website in the description on Amazon and no one ever came to it from there (even though there were some pretty good inducements). But I also know that after having read my blog and gotten some other information from my site, people were leaving for the Amazon site and purchasing there. I had the same price for both Kindle and the PDF versions, but since Amazon takes 2/3 at my price point, it wasn't a hard decision to take the Kindle version down.

    Also, I have a quality product that I stand behind 100%. But all it takes is one person who doesn't bother to read everything, or doesn't get the idea behind what you're doing, to leave a really bad review. And then it's up there forever, nothing you can do about it. So that's another reason not to go the Kindle route.

    My advice is: just go with your own website at first and see how you do. Once you have a baseline of sales, you can add Kindle and see what happens, then make the decision whether to continue with it or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author sweetbribes
      Since it sounds like your book is non-fiction, I pretty much agree with the previous post about the benefits of selling your book on your own site.

      However, for the sake of others who read this post and may be interested in this same situation for fiction books, from my own experience, I have been successful (and profitable) using the following strategy (common sense really):

      I sell my books via the KDP Select program for the required 90-day time period and then I branch out and sell it on any and all platforms, including a few of my literary web sites. Just FYI.

      Sadie
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    This is a great thread!
    I think it is good to sell it to your site to build more leads.
    But selling your books in different channels is better!

    Cheers!
    Justin Durano
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hi Mark:

    I would def go with amazon. They are excellent as a resource. Also, you do not have to worry. They pay for bandwidth and are almost always up. Problem I have with most host, they do not like the big bandwidth that I use. They will find an excuse. Yeah, to get rid of me. OK so that is why most of my videos are on you tube and other services. Google love to rank high amazon. That is yet another reason. Well, there are many.
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  • Profile picture of the author LillySage
    I would definitely do both and see which is better.

    Yes, as others have said, amazon does allow this so long as you don't sign up for the KDP select program (which you don't have to).
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
    you can sell it on KINDLE, and then you can put a link with your cover on your site directing to your kindle page.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
    Publish it on Kindle and have it listed on your website with the purchase link taking buyers to the Amazon page. You can use an affiliate link from your website to your book on Amazon, and this also lets you use Kindle Select
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