Venturing into the wilds of Amazon.com

Thoughts on Author Services at Amazon.com – What is Amazon GoodWhat is Amazon Good For, Exactly?

Amazon sells at least 90%, and maybe 95%, of all iU books sold online. It is to your advantage to encourage people to use B&N due to the higher royalty paid, but Amazon is king. Anything over $25 that is in an Amazon warehouse ships with free shipping. Nothing else does. There is a virtual multitude, and I use that phrase deliberately, of real and nonexistent stores that sell iU books. Many of them try to appeal with a lower price, but the shipping always makes it a worse deal than Amazon from their warehouse. None of these dealers actually owns a copy of your book. They just order it up and drop ship it via Ingram. The main thing these little dealers are good for is if you find a really low price on your book. In that case, they really do have a copy. It may be one you sent out for review, or it may be one someone received as a gift and did not like. Whatever the case, if you want a deal on an iU book, this is the way to get it.- Floyd Orr

Search Inside Feature
I suggest signing up for the free “Search Inside” Feature with Amazon. You just have to contact them and then follow their directions to send a pdf file of your book. They were very prompt activating “search inside”. I know that many people want to check out the first chapter before buying. Send pdf files instead of a physical book to be scanned — it takes less time to activate it. The dust jacket needs to be a jpeg, and the text needs to be one pdf file. Both files need to be named with the ISBN number and zipped together into a single zip file.

All I did was click on the link beneath my book image (it is addressed to publishers, but that’s okay). I gave my name, the title, the ISBN and told them I owned all the rights to the book and wanted to sign up. Within a day or so, they sent me instructions. You can send 2 copies of your book to them, or you can send a pdf file. If you want to send a file, you have to let them know, so they set up an account.
– Diane Salerni

Listmania
Create some Listmania Lists on Amazon. Include lots of books on your topic. Maybe someone will view your list and buy somebody else’s book. But when I did it, my goal was to get my book seen in a group with other books on that topic. I figured that being included on Listmania increased its visibility. If I get one sale out a 100 views of that List, it was good money value, ’cause it was free advertising.
– Diane Salerni

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