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#1 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:49 PM

This option used to cost $25 but is now free. It appears that some authors participating in ED (wow bad choice of acronym, huh?) had to increase their prices to cover the basic expenses from these additional channels. Anybody have any experience with Createspace's expanded distribution channels?

 

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#2 Darke

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:39 PM

This is good to know. When I start using it again I'll opt in this time.


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#3 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:27 PM

Darke,

 

It's not too late to add free expanded distribution to a previously published Createspace book.

 

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#4 Darke

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:39 AM

No, I took down the one book I had there. No sales. I do better with ebooks.  


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:29 AM

Interesting. I hadn't noticed that, and I just published a book there recently. I'll look into it again.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:02 AM

That's good news Mark. I was looking at that just last week and having an issue. With the size of my book I was already running into issues with prices. The ED was actually returning a negative number to me. I'll have to check it out again.


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#7 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:10 AM

That's good news Mark. I was looking at that just last week and having an issue. With the size of my book I was already running into issues with prices. The ED was actually returning a negative number to me. I'll have to check it out again.

Andrew,

 

The price issue you mentioned is the reason I haven't participated. I'm not that keen on the whole paperback pricing\royalty dynamic to begin with. When I sell a paperback thru Amazon, I earn much less of a royalty than I do from Createspace even though Amazon owns both companies. I think my ED royalty drops to only 23ยข on a $7.99 book. It doesn't seem right an author should receive so little and the reader should pay so much. I like the ebook model better. Reader pays only $2.99 and the author earns about $2.00.

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:38 AM

POD is just never going to have a great profit for the author. Printing a single book at a time is more expensive than doing a print-run of several hundred/thousand. Plenty of authors make it work with just eBooks, but depending on your audience, you may have a large contingent of people who still want the print book. Is it worth catering to them for a few cents? Maybe ... because if you hook them as readers/fans, they may remember you if they make the jump to e-reading.

 

As for why there's a significant difference between selling through CreateSpace vs. Amazon, no idea. Some kind of increased overhead?


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:17 PM

For what it's worth, with two years of sales under our belt, EBP has done far and away better on electronic books. I haven't sold a print version of Spring Fevers, for example, in more than a year. We "sell" (in quotes because they're free) the e-version on average 70 copies a month, even though it was released in February 2012.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:00 PM

I sold ONE print copy of a combined book one and two in two years.   


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

POD is just never going to have a great profit for the author. Printing a single book at a time is more expensive than doing a print-run of several hundred/thousand.

I think RC is right. The economics of paper books are very different. I've got two, now three paperbacks available at Createspace and Amazon. Most paper purchases were made by friends who don't like to use e-readers. A few other sales were to folks I don't know and I was shocked to see two paperback sales the other day (two different books)

 

On the other hand, I've been pretty lucky with the digital side. I've been selling ebooks (primarily Kindle format) pretty regularly. What really surprised me though was the number of audio books I sold. Some days, I sold more audiobooks than I did ebooks. Audio is way more profitable for me than paper. I'd encourage eveyone to look into audiobook editions for their books. Royalty share deals cost nothing except time and the expense, if any, of a reformatted (square 2400x2400 pixel) cover. You can audition narrators and if you don't find one you like, you don't need to go any further with it.

 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:57 PM

Interesting, Mark.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:44 PM

I think that with the new Matchbook program Amazon has rolled out, it's going to become more important to have print books available. In case anyone is unfamiliar with it, the program allows the publisher to set a lower price for an ebook if a customer has bought the print book. You can even offer the ebook for free if they buy the print book.


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:56 PM

I think that with the new Matchbook program Amazon has rolled out, it's going to become more important to have print books available. In case anyone is unfamiliar with it, the program allows the publisher to set a lower price for an ebook if a customer has bought the print book. You can even offer the ebook for free if they buy the print book.

Absolutely. Amazon is ramping up their media consolidation efforts. They also have an audiobook program similar to Matchbook, called Whispersync for Voice. Whispersync for Voice allows ebook owners to buy the audiobook edition at a reduced price. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid and see how it goes. I've signed all three of my books up for the Kindle Matchbook program but standard Createspace publishing will suffice. You don't need the CreateSpace Expanded Distribution to participate in the Matchbook program.

 

Basically, here's the new sales model: Buy a paperback for $6.99, $7.99 or whatever the price may be, get the ebook for half price and the audiobook for whatever price Audible decides to charge. It can be as low as $1.99 (depending on the audiobook.)

 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:30 PM

Originally I didn't have my book listed under the EDP but I went back and changed it. I figured, seeing as it was my debut novel, getting it out and about was primary for me. Will it change anything? Only time will tell.


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 04:25 PM

  Mark said, "What really surprised me though was the number of audio books I sold"  And, "They [Amazon] also have an audiobook program similar to Matchbook, called Whispersync for Voice."  Is this where you marketed your audio books?  Also, how much did it cost to hire a narrator (and how many words did they narrate)?  Multiple channels through Amazon just increases their reach.  I like your idea of the multiple channel discount strategy.


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 07:36 PM

I did my audio books at acx.com which is an Amazon affiliate. ACX distributes the completed audio books via Amazon, Audible and Itunes. If your book is available at Amazon, you can list it on acx,com. You can choose to either pay a fee for a narrator or do what I did, offer to split royalties with the narrator so the audio book costs you nothing but what it costs to produce the cover. The narrator is responsible for producing a professional recording that meets ACX standards. All you have to do is listen to the recording and approve them or tell the narrator what's wrong. If you get a good narrator, it's just time consuming as you need to spend the 7 or so hours having your words read to you. If you get a bad narrator, you can spend hours and hours correcting them.

 

I think it's worth the effort.

 

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