Was it just me or were the sells figures from on Amazon through KDP extremely slow? Maybe the reporting feature has a bug. But if you are use to moving units each day then today would seem odd, especially since [b]my Best Seller ranking didnt really move[/b] and usually if you arent selling books your ranking is dropping like a rock.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. My books have been selling consistently, but today- and yesterday- they basically stopped. I also ran a free promo for a delicious cookbook, and I usually receive thousands and thousands of free downloads- but it showed up as only 700, and then it ranked terribly. I hope there is just some massive delay and nothing worse...
I wouldn't know much about it; I've only had my first (e-) book published since Tuesday (Cross Draw: A Crucial Fiction of Record). I have two follow up questions, however:
1) Are you suggesting Amazon is dishonest in any way? (I seriously need to know.)
2) My sales are okay, but I am interested that no one is checking my book out of the Kindle Library. The score is 93 to zero! Is that typical?
Last week was worse than the one before, and that was worse than the first week of January, and that was worse than the last week of December,which was the best week ever. I guess there really is a Christmas rush!
I looked at last year's sales, and much the same was true then, though the numbers were quite a bit smaller so it didn't seem so sad.
I only started keeping the weekly sales tally in June 2010, so I can't go back to 2009 or 2008. A pity! It does help keep things in perspective, to know that they are very much better than they used to be.
I think it's KDP Select and all the free promos. Everyone was joyously reporting free downloads in the thousands when the program started and now kindles are overloaded with books. I don't think it's any surprise that sales are dying.
There's no demand. The market is saturated and consumers are being trained to never pay for an ebook again. Not only that, some authors are getting bad reviews from customers who didn't pay for the privilege.
I think the KDP program is a huge disservice to authors. Also, early market research shows that most of the free downloads are never read by the consumer--so few "fans" are being created.
I didn't do the program but I feel like we were used. What's the fastest way to sell a kindle? To trick your authors into providing free books!
It has to be, i did a two day promo, yesterday 158...today, 1 sale on it for this morning...a friend emailed me and asked how to get it, she got it...it never registered as a sale. Thats not a good thing.