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inyun

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Google sales?
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:09 PM
 
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Has anyone had any success selling with Google eBooks?
vlgallas

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:21 PM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
 
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Just me apparently.. ;) I never could locate the thread wherein I offered to help you with uploading issues - if you responded, I am sorry. I will "watch" this thread.

I haven't heard of anyone else stating sales were decent in Google ebooks around here... and really they only recently picked-up for me.

I will say that I have one book over there that has sold copies, but sold none at all here. The product page states that it isn't supported for "eReaders and Smartphones" (has a red X by each) and it is supported on "Web and Tablet / iPad" (green X). It's the only title I have there with this issue (scanned pages and not flowing text), but I uploaded PDFs for all titles. I contacted support and the response was that I need to submit an ePub.

Well, I have never been able to convert any title to ePub so it will stay as it is for a while. This could be a new policy (it is the newer title of the group) and if so, it sux. I do intend to work on converting it in the near future though.
inyun

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 11:10 PM   in response to: vlgallas in response to: vlgallas
 
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Thanks Vigallas but I was just curious about if anyone had success. I am not really that interested in adding Google. I exactly had books uploaded but kept running into all kinds of hurdles and just gave up in frustration. But I have never heard anyone at all brag about Google or Google sales. Thanks again for the offer.
vlgallas

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 11:00 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
 
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Well, not really a brag and more of a statement that it certainly is possible to make money over there. I have never published on Smashwords and I have real low sales on B&N.

In my opinion, selling ebooks will eventually be a battle between Google and Amazon and the rest will be left in the dust. The thing about Google ebooks is that people in other areas of the world buy - I have low to zero sales on the other Amazon sites - On occasion I have a sale in the UK, but that's about it.

Let me know if you change your mind - I will figure out the new ePub issue soon enough. Even if you choose to not sell ebooks in the Google store, you can still upload your titles in Google Books Partner Program so that the title is visible in Google searches - I have been in the partner program since first publishing.
billb13

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 11:43 AM   in response to: vlgallas in response to: vlgallas
 
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B&N's Pubit has a good ePub converter.

It lets you save the file too so you can use it elsewhere.
vlgallas

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 12:22 PM   in response to: billb13 in response to: billb13
 
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Really? Thank you!!! My books look great over there in that format (ePub), but I was not aware that I could save it.

Going to go try... I may return with a question if I can't see how to do it. Thank you so much!

Vicky

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 2:08 PM   in response to: billb13 in response to: billb13
 
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Thank you for that info - it was right in front of me when I clicked on "edit". One thing that

I did discover is that the B&N epub cutoff the last couple of pages of the book in question. It isn't the original file as I looked. Anyway, now I am looking at all B&N epubs to make sure the same issue is not there.

Vicky

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 3:31 PM   in response to: vlgallas in response to: vlgallas
 
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Hey Vigallas I would love to hear why you think the market will be cornered by Amazon and Google. B and N seems to be a loser but Apple has possibilities.
mlee2057

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Re: Google sales?
Posted: Jan 19, 2012 9:23 PM   in response to: vlgallas in response to: vlgallas
 
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Hi Vigallas

I'd be grateful for some guidance with Google. I too gave up because I couldn't figure out how to do much of anything there.

Marilyn Lee
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