Strategy to Sell Kindle Book

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To become bestseller kindle book, there are many ways to achieve it. But, selling kindle book with list building technique is very good tactics. Just upload your book on KDP, but do not enable enroll option, set price to anything you want. Also upload that book to smashword and set price to free download. After that, tell amazon that there is your book in smashword that free to download, ask amazon to set that book for free forever. Inside that book, insert link to your squeze page. Trust me, you will have a massive email list.
Then, with this email, you can send email about your next book.

Thank's

Thohir.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Originally Posted by Thohir Wijaya View Post

    ask amazon to set that book for free forever.
    There does not appear to be a way of setting your book to free. Are you saying that if you ask Amazon, they will do this for you?

    Will :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      There does not appear to be a way of setting your book to free. Are you saying that if you ask Amazon, they will do this for you?

      Will :confused:
      Will,

      Amazon will price match your book to the lowest possible price if they find your book cheaper on some other platform. You just cannot have your Kindle book on the KDP Select program if you have published it elsewhere.

      One you have loaded the book at Smashwords and set the price as Free, get a few friends to go to your Amazon book link and click on the option that says "Report a lower price".

      They then have to put the url of where your book is free on the other platform and eventually Amazon will drop your price accordingly.

      Hope that helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
        Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

        Will,

        Amazon will price match your book to the lowest possible price if they find your book cheaper on some other platform. You just cannot have your Kindle book on the KDP Select program if you have published it elsewhere.

        One you have loaded the book at Smashwords and set the price as Free, get a few friends to go to your Amazon book link and click on the options that says "Report a lower price".

        They then have to put the url of where your book is free on the other platform and eventually Amazon will drop your price accordingly.

        Hope that helps.
        Di
        Very interesting - did not know that. Definitely food for thought.

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    • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      There does not appear to be a way of setting your book to free. Are you saying that if you ask Amazon, they will do this for you?

      Will :confused:
      It will. But your book should not enroll in KDP Select because your book publish in smashword too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    You are not selling Kindle ebook... You are building your list...
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    • Profile picture of the author Slate Marketing
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      You are not selling Kindle ebook... You are building your list...
      Very true Adie, I'm glad you caught that because many people don't.

      "Selling" books means money in the bank. Giving away a zillion "free" books *could* mean money in the bank in the future, but for most authors, unfortunately it doesn't, because they don't properly build off of their free book and monetize the free readers correctly, if at all.

      Nothing wrong with giving away free books though, as long as it's part of an overall sales strategy that is focused on "selling" books and becoming a real (paid) bestseller.
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    • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      You are not selling Kindle ebook... You are building your list...
      With that list, you can promote your next book and crack the top 10 paid. Or, you can just tell them about your book with the price, example, you set lower price for limited time, etc. It depends what's your next strategy after you get the emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Thohir Wijaya View Post

    To become bestseller kindle book, there are many ways to achieve it. But, selling kindle book with list building technique is very good tactics. Just upload your book on KDP, but do not enable enroll option, set price to anything you want. Also upload that book to smashword and set price to free download. After that, tell amazon that there is your book in smashword that free to download, ask amazon to set that book for free forever. Inside that book, insert link to your squeze page. Trust me, you will have a massive email list.
    Then, with this email, you can send email about your next book.

    Thank's

    Thohir.
    You seem to be forgetting about something.

    People aren't going to download your list-builder, join your list and buy anything you tell them to buy just because your book is free. That ship sailed, and sank, years ago.

    You have to provide real value. In fact, posting blatant ads purely to drive people to a squeeze page is likely to get you drummed out of the program.

    The Kindle marketplace isn't some magic potion you can slap any POS on and get immediate results. In fact, the folks there are used to downloading and reading actual books, with real content, and they're quick to unload on someone who tries to fool them with the kind of crap most IMers use to build their lists.
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    • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      You seem to be forgetting about something.

      People aren't going to download your list-builder, join your list and buy anything you tell them to buy just because your book is free. That ship sailed, and sank, years ago.

      You have to provide real value. In fact, posting blatant ads purely to drive people to a squeeze page is likely to get you drummed out of the program.

      The Kindle marketplace isn't some magic potion you can slap any POS on and get immediate results. In fact, the folks there are used to downloading and reading actual books, with real content, and they're quick to unload on someone who tries to fool them with the kind of crap most IMers use to build their lists.
      I don't mention to buy the next book in the email. What I do to the email list is I tell that my next book is also free to download. Of course that book is enroll in KDP select and I send the email in Free Promotion Day. It's help me to crack the top 10 free. Isn't this good for me? Of course, it's good for me. If a book become top 10 free, the next is you will see the sales to that book. That is what I always do. You know, with this methode, I have been 931 copies sold of my kindle book.
      The lesson is: WITH THAT EMAIL LIST, USE YOUR BRAIN AND BE CREATIVE IN ORDER TO MONETIZE YOUR EMAIL LIST.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Originally Posted by Thohir Wijaya View Post

    To become bestseller kindle book, there are many ways to achieve it. But, selling kindle book with list building technique is very good tactics. Just upload your book on KDP, but do not enable enroll option, set price to anything you want. Also upload that book to smashword and set price to free download. After that, tell amazon that there is your book in smashword that free to download, ask amazon to set that book for free forever. Inside that book, insert link to your squeze page. Trust me, you will have a massive email list.
    Then, with this email, you can send email about your next book.

    Thank's

    Thohir.
    The best way to sell Kindle books is to write quality books that people want to read.

    Get the word out via social media and write more books and more books. Build a buzz and your brand and that will build your readership and help you sell books.
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    • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      The best way to sell Kindle books is to write quality books that people want to read.

      Get the word out via social media and write more books and more books. Build a buzz and your brand and that will build your readership and help you sell books.
      The quality content is important, but quality content is not the only way to sell more kindle book. There are more method to sell kindle book. If the book with quality content publish been publish on amazon, the next question is HOW THE READER KNOW THAT OUR BOOK IS LIVE ON AMAZON AND IT IS GOOD BOOK??? The next this is all about marketing.
      I share one of several marketing method that I use to sell my kindle book.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    There are some great Kindle strategies (including marketing) in this excellent post:

    How To Self-Publish A Bestseller

    He goes over the details behind his book's success (which is an excellent read,BTW).
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Thohir Wijaya View Post

    To become bestseller kindle book, there are many ways to achieve it. But, selling kindle book with list building technique is very good tactics. Just upload your book on KDP, but do not enable enroll option, set price to anything you want. Also upload that book to smashword and set price to free download. After that, tell amazon that there is your book in smashword that free to download, ask amazon to set that book for free forever. Inside that book, insert link to your squeze page. Trust me, you will have a massive email list.
    Then, with this email, you can send email about your next book.

    Thank's

    Thohir.
    You missed my point. My bad. Let me try again...

    Here's the sum total of the process you outlined for getting this "massive" email list:

    1) Upload book to KDP.
    2) Do not enroll in KDP select.
    3) List book for free on Smashwords.
    4) Ask Amazon to price match it to free.
    5) Link to your lander in the book.

    That's it.

    From your responses, we both know that you are aware that it takes more than that.

    It also takes a quality book, with a quality presentation on Amazon. It takes a good offer inside the book, relevant to the topic of the book. It takes a good landing page, reinforcing the offer.

    You chose to leave all that out in favor of the simplistic "easy button" instructions quoted above. To be covered in a future product launch, perhaps?

    I didn't say that it might not be a decent strategy in its entirety. Just that you left some things out.

    The era when "free download" was enough ended about ten years ago...
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Pretty cool strategy. Will definitely try this out :-) Whenever i set my books for a free promotion for 5 days I always get like 600-800 downloads so being permanently free is even better!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Originally Posted by Thohir Wijaya View Post

    To become bestseller kindle book, there are many ways to achieve it. But, selling kindle book with list building technique is very good tactics. Just upload your book on KDP, but do not enable enroll option, set price to anything you want. Also upload that book to smashword and set price to free download. After that, tell amazon that there is your book in smashword that free to download, ask amazon to set that book for free forever. Inside that book, insert link to your squeze page. Trust me, you will have a massive email list.
    Then, with this email, you can send email about your next book.

    Thank's

    Thohir.
    You can simply write an ebook with the intention to give if for free from the beginning. Giving away a Kindle ebook is a good idea to build your email list, drive traffic to your pages (or to affiliate products), and become known; the same way you do when you give away a PDF.

    I decided to publish a Kindle ebook exactly because I wanted to drive traffic from Amazon to my websites (and sell other products).

    I'm not giving it away, I'm selling it. But a free Kindle ebook could help me become more popular and increase my email list. This is a good idea.
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