Where Are They NOW ? ? ?

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Whatever happened to all the prolific eBook writers and eBook publishers who did so well until the arrival of Kindle ?

Did they move over to Kindle or move on from eBooks . . .

Where are they NOW ? ? ?
  • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
    Who are you talking about?
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    • Profile picture of the author research
      Originally Posted by Martin Avis View Post

      Who are you talking about?
      All the prolific eBook writers and eBook publishers who did so well until the arrival of Kindle ?

      I can compile a list of many eBook writers and eBook publishers who were prominent before the arrival of Kindle readers and look alikes.
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      • Profile picture of the author VinnyBock
        Kindle hasn't shut down the ebook business...

        People are still selling ebooks very well, and I'm sure the "prolific ebook writers" you're referring to are still selling their ebooks as we speak...
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      • Profile picture of the author research
        Originally Posted by research View Post

        All the prolific eBook writers and eBook publishers who did so well until the arrival of Kindle ?

        I can compile a list of many eBook writers and eBook publishers who were prominent before the arrival of Kindle readers and look alikes.
        Listed here is just a few of the eBook activists I was talking about. I know that some are more prolific than others . . . but I am curious to learn what has happened to them.

        I guess Kindle did not kill the eBook business but these days I find little mention in this forum to the Profitable World of eBook & Digital Information Publishing and Marketing.

        It would be a breath of fresh air to learn that writers and publishers are still active in the eBook world.

        Here's my short eBook writers list:

        Adeel Chowdhry, Alex Sampson, Armand Morin

        Dan Lok, David O Connell, Diane Hughes

        Ewen Chia, James Maduk, Jason Potash

        Jim Edward, Jimmy D. Brown, Joe Vitale

        John Hocking, Kris Stringham, Ryan Deiss

        Yanik Silver

        There are many, many more . . .
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    • Profile picture of the author teleam
      Martin.

      So glad you are ok. I heard you were Ill. Glad to see you back.

      Tom
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      • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
        Originally Posted by teleam View Post

        Martin.

        So glad you are ok. I heard you were Ill. Glad to see you back.

        Tom
        That's really kind of you Tom. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by research View Post

    Whatever happened to all the prolific eBook writers and eBook publishers who did so well until the arrival of Kindle ?

    Did they move over to Kindle or move on from eBooks . . .

    Where are they NOW ? ? ?
    We're still doing just fine, though I got smart and dumped most of my ebooks and converted that content into membership websites. I did this for several reasons:
    • Higher perceived value
    • You can offer free content with a premium upgrade OR you can charge a one time fee or a monthy fee; the options are limitless
    • When someone asks for a refund you disable their access.
    • Membership websites are far easier to manage and update
    I am loving Kindle as it allows me to earn income while having an outlet for my creative side. I love to write, so for me this is not work (though I hate it when I get writer's block!).

    That's what great about self-publishing, you're not limited to one platform!

    RoD
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    • Profile picture of the author DiggitySEO
      Rod pretty much summed it up. Membership sites and recurring income are where its at.
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    • Profile picture of the author research
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      We're still doing just fine, though I got smart and dumped most of my ebooks and converted that content into membership websites. I did this for several reasons:
      • Higher perceived value
      • You can offer free content with a premium upgrade OR you can charge a one time fee or a monthy fee; the options are limitless
      • When someone asks for a refund you disable their access.
      • Membership websites are far easier to manage and update
      I am loving Kindle as it allows me to earn income while having an outlet for my creative side. I love to write, so for me this is not work (though I hate it when I get writer's block!).

      That's what great about self-publishing, you're not limited to one platform!

      RoD
      Thanks for your feedback. Very timely and interesting.

      It's nice to know that folks are still making it with eBooks.

      However, I can't say that I go along with the notion of membership sites. I guess each to his own . . .
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Originally Posted by research View Post

        ...................However, I can't say that I go along with the notion of membership sites. I guess each to his own . . .
        Why not? Have you tested it? I'm dying to know why you can't "go along with the notion of membership sites" (busts out the popcorn).

        I look at it this way. The time I take to create and format an ebook takes about the same effort in putting together a simple membership website.

        In terms of pure ROI or Return On Investment, the ebooks that I converted into membership websites outperform ebooks by at least a ratio of 1:4.

        Short reports / ebooks can be used as GREAT loss leaders or lead generators to funnel people into my membership websites.

        I've tested this for over 8 years and while ebooks can still be profitable, membership websites smoke them out of the water! The CONTENT can still be the same, it's just being delivered on a different platform.

        And membership websites have HIGHER perceived value which means you can charge more and more often (continuity baby!).

        There are only 2 things that have made me more money than membership websites: real estate and the stock market.

        RoD
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        • Profile picture of the author research
          RoD

          I really don't have a valid reason to turn down membership sites.

          I feel it is not for me . . . There have been no tests, but that's the way I feel about them.

          I do reserve the right to change my mind - but it won't be anytime soon.

          Must continue to search the eBook publishing world and discover where all the eBook writers and eBook publishers who were active before the Kindle arrival have gone.
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          • Profile picture of the author Martin Avis
            Originally Posted by research View Post

            Must continue to search the eBook publishing world and discover where all the eBook writers and eBook publishers who were active before the Kindle arrival have gone.
            It isn't that the ebook publishing world has particularly changed - it is just that the list of marketers you mentioned have mostly moved on to different/bigger things.

            They are all still around, but their business strategies have developed.
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          • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
            Originally Posted by research View Post

            RoD

            I really don't have a valid reason to turn down membership sites.

            I feel it is not for me . . . There have been no tests, but that's the way I feel about them.

            I do reserve the right to change my mind - but it won't be anytime soon.

            Must continue to search the eBook publishing world and discover where all the eBook writers and eBook publishers who were active before the Kindle arrival have gone.
            Ah ok, gotcha. You just feel like it's a platform that doesn't appeal to you. I get it.

            I've been selling ebooks and software for over a decade and there's one immutable law that applies to business people that pick consistent winners:

            They are able to remove their feelings and look at opportunities objectively.

            There are some major shifts going on right now in the online world with plenty more coming in 2014 and 2015; those that can see them coming are going to make a lot of money.

            RoD
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      I cannot concieve of any website that people would subscribe to that didn't involve naked women, and even then, I'd be surprised if many people subscribe to it any more.
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    • Profile picture of the author research
      Originally Posted by Slate Marketing View Post

      Ebooks and Kindle books are still working as great as ever. Still going strong.
      I never had any doubt about the Kindle World. It's alive and kicking and doing just fine,

      My real interest lies in the profitable world of ebook marketing BEFORE Kindle came along.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Many of these authors realized they were not only in the ebook business but in the "results getting" business for their markets - when you change to this mindset you realize their are many ways to help your audience make the transformation targeted by ebooks.

    I know many of the people on your list, some have gotten publishing deals and are published book authors, others have moved to membership and/or coaching programs as Rod mentions, others have gone into larger seminar and event businesses, still others are focused more on software and tools aspects...most (if not all) are still active and doing very well.

    Jeff
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