Wednesday, December 28, 2011

With 11 million e-readers for Christmas...

UPDATE: I am experimenting with Amazon's KDP Select Program to offer free books. On Friday & Saturday (Dec. 30-31), Fry Bacon. Add Onions will be free and on Saturday & Sunday (Dec. 31-Jan.1) Arthur's Story: A Love Story will be free. Click the link and snag a copy and let me know what you think!!!


...a huge new market for digital books has opened and if my sales for digital books between yesterday and today are anything to go by those new e-reader owners are having a ball. Not counting the free books I had on offer, I've had 6,500 book sales so far in December and close to 2,000 free downloads. The free downloads were for The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood and Arthur's Story: A Love Story, both of which used to be slow sellers but not any more! On Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, over 500 of my books zoomed off the paid shelves, and Tuesday was close to 500. These are the rankings as of last night:

Arthur's Story: A Love Story
#51 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Short Stories
#67 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories

The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic
#8 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Psychological Thrillers
#17 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror
#18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror

Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter
#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts

Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Cooking, Food & Wine > Regional & International > U.S. Regional > Middle Atlantic
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Cooking, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > German
#15 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > German

Seaman's Scarves: Sculptural Stitches
#18 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Lifestyle & Home > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Lace & Tatting

The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons & Wraps
#11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Lifestyle & Home > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Lace & Tatting

Sumptuous Silk Bags: Learn Entrelac & More
#67 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Lifestyle & Home > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Knitting


So anyone who thinks e-books aren't the same as "real" books is kidding themselves. Thanks so much to all the wonderful new e-readers out there -- both the cool gizmos and their owners!!!


Another update: Sales continue to be brisk -- an average of 500 a day -- and several great new reviews have been posted. This is an exciting experience. The Old Mermaid's Tale has gotten some outstanding reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you!!!

2 comments:

  1. Kathleen,

    Fantastic sales! :-)

    Are you participating in the KDP Select program? Just wondering if that might figure into the mix, and trying to get a handle on how it's working for those who HAVE opted in.

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  2. Right now I have three titles in the KDP Select. I decided to see what would happen if I tried offering free books.

    The first one I offered was "The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood" which has been a slow seller. I offered it free for 5 days in a row (which was a mistake, I think) and it had 600 downloads but sales slowed right back down when it went back to regular.

    Then I put "Arthur's Story" free for Dec. 24-25 and that had 1,300 downloads and has been selling well ever since.

    Starting Friday "Fry Bacon. Add Onions" will be free for 2 days and "Arthur's Story" will be free Sat. & Sun. again. I'll then blog about the results and what I've learned.

    We'll see.

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