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ruthlesspen

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Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 8:28 AM
 
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I was wondering what ratio of borrows to sales people are getting when they're enrolled in Kindle Select. Anyone want to offer data?
stuatyris

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 8:47 AM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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I've had almost 500 paid downloads in UK and US combined and only 1 lend. The vast majority of my sales have been UK and the lend was US. The book has only been out since January 3rd so I'm not at all sure if this ratio is typical.
29emma

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 10:03 AM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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In February I have 639 sales and 8 borrows.
soul_ankhesnamen

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Posted: Mar 1, 2012 10:36 AM   in response to: 29emma in response to: 29emma
 
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I also have just a few borrows and many more sales. This seems to be the standard.
brandscaping

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 10:53 AM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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I'm not sure why, but I think two of my short stories are an oddity within the KDP realm.

For Dec, Jan, and Feb, I had pretty much 1 borrow for every 2 books sold.
This morning, one of my stories has twice as many borrows as sales - and since it's a $.99 offering, I'm very happy to see that.

I don't have a ton of sales (60 borrows in Dec, 75 in Jan, and 50 in Feb) - but the program is well worth it to me.

Of course, we'll see what happens since I think i got my first malicious review this morning: " I wish I would have quit reading this. But I wasted my time waiting for it to pick up." - it's a 10 minute read...and this was the first review for this critic.
Ahh well, we'll see how it goes!
skt2005

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:48 PM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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In February, I had 2935 in sales and 49 borrows. Thats good, right? Those were US sales...sold 16 in UK but no borrows there...and 2 sales in DE but no borrows there either....

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 7:18 PM   in response to: skt2005 in response to: skt2005
 
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My borrows were approximately 35% of my sales. I noticed a major increase in both sales and borrows after a 3 day free promotion.
gametheory101

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 1, 2012 10:56 PM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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3540 sales versus 257 borrows. Those are just the numbers for the US, since the lending library is an American only thing.

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reneestar

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 2, 2012 5:17 AM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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Last month about 100 Borrows to 2000 Sales. This month sales have dropped, but my Borrows are running about 1/3.
ruthlesspen

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Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:30 PM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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I have to admit I'm surprised by what people are saying. I was originally thinking there would be more borrows than sales. However, I saw someone say on another board that in looking for a Select book to download, he became aware of other books he wanted to read, and he just went ahead and bought them because he didn't want to wait another month to read his next selection.
randomas

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Re: Kindle Select-What's your ratio of borrows to sales?
Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:58 PM   in response to: ruthlesspen in response to: ruthlesspen
 
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Wow sales and borrow figures here are astounding. Can I ask how sales were when you all first started out and if you did any marketing to reach those figures? I had 34 borrows last month far more then sales.
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