So, a few months back I launched an experiment with my books by going wide with their distribution. Now that experiment is over and I will be going back to KDP Select exclusivity for all of my titles.
You may think that having my books available on every format under the sun would prove to be more profitable in the long run, in reality however it turned out that I was actually missing out on income I could have been making with KDP.
After going through my reports, it was clear that Amazon Kindle was where 90% of all my sales come from and hence 90% of my author income to boot.
To go wide I used Draft2Digital, a service that made distribution onto Kobo, Nook etc extremely easy and their support team was really great and I cannot fault them.
A no brainer
The real revelation for me came when I managed to land an international BookBub promotion for Terran Defenders: Genesis. The book was wide and I was expecting it to sell well on all channels and not just Amazon. Well, it did sell but when I compared the wide figures with Amazon’s there was a clear winner. Amazon Kindle sales were 10x higher than those on all the other sales channels put together.
As part of the experiment I put each of the Sundered Crown books into wider distribution but after multiple plugs via social channels and my newsletter not 1 of those books has sold on Nook, Kobo etc. Prior to this each book had been a part of KDP Select and even though sales were not great I was still able to make income from lends and page reads.
So here I am apologising to my readers who do prefer Kobos and Nooks over Kindles. I hope you understand that aside from loving what I do this is also a side income too. Indy publishing is a business, albeit a one-man band most of the time and I am afraid finances do come into play when it comes to decisions.
Fortunately, there are plenty of apps out there that allow you to read kindle books on other platforms so I hope that this won’t deter your reading of my works too much.
So just to be clear-