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Betty's kitchen...

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Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:27 AM
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Just a thought because I see so many recipes and idea shared on social media these days I wondered if the genre sold on kdp?
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Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:31 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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No, they don't, except maybe if your name is Gordon Ramsay.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2017 4:57 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Don't be put off - give it a go
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 5:12 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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A very real practical problem is if you have the recipe open on say a tablet the screen goes blank after a short while. Though you may be able to change the settings on the device they would need to be changed back later to save battery life.
I have a couple of Kindle recipe books but I print off any recipe I want using Kindle for PC.
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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 6:36 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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Betty's kitchen crackers wrote:
Just a thought because I see so many recipes and idea shared on social media these days I wondered if the genre sold on kdp?

Because so many recipes and ideas are shared for free, I'm afraid e-cookbooks, to be sold for money, never do very well. In addition, it can be hard to get a cookbook even accepted onto the KDP platform, because Amazon doesn't want books that have a lot of content that matches what's already available on the web. So you would have to be sure to have unique, unusual recipes.
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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 7:41 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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The first hurdle would be being allowed to publish. KDP routinely doesn't allow publishers to put up information freely available on the internet. Is there an original recipe anywhere, given the massive number of cooking sites -- they may outnumber porn and Star Trek sites. Second, are they your recipes, and can you prove it?
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Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:06 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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I tried to reply, got sent to moderation, I think because I used the forbidden word "cook-books" (spelled without the hyphen).

Sorry, Betty, but just because there are so many recipes being freely shared around, it's very hard to lure people into buying a recipe book from KDP for money, unless you have very unusual and unique recipes.
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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:26 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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Betty's kitchen crackers wrote:
Just a thought because I see so many recipes and idea shared on social media these days I wondered if the genre sold on kdp?

Have you done a search for cookbooks on Kindle or Amazon? That will tell you if there are many published. In a time that is quickly turning to talking to one's device and getting answers I would think e book directions would be a forward thinking way to go. The problem being, as others have mentioned, there are an awful lot of cookbooks in the world already and one can google up a recipe from any source one wishes. As for printing, find someone to do a spiral back book, nobody likes a cookbook that doesn't lay flat.
You need a hook to hang your cookbook on - a story line that is ethnic, or food category, or diet, or.... you need to be a celebrity. Good luck. b
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:47 AM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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Just a thought because I see so many recipes and idea shared on social media these days I wondered if the genre sold on kdp?

Sure. "Home Workshop Explosives" comes to mind as a perennially well-selling recipe book, although recipes published by Inspire Magazine do compete.
C. Gold

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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 1:28 PM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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The only recipe books I even look at are ones inspired by games like World of Warcraft, or Star Trek, Star Wars, or Harry Potter, because they have humorous adaptations of drinks that appear in those worlds. When I want to actually use recipes, I scan AllRecipes.com which has the benefit of a review star system with comments like Amazon has so I can tell if people thought that recipe could use more or less sugar, etc. I also have a notebook I put favorite ones in for the kitchen area. I have my mom's old books and rarely use them.

Long worded way of saying if you can provide an interesting angle on your recipes that might attract readers, go for it. If you are just talking about a list of recipes that can appear online, then I don't think it will sell well.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:57 PM   in response to: Betty's kitchen... in response to: Betty's kitchen...
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I suffer from Celiac disease. If you have some recipes for delicious glutton free bread you could have a best seller on your hands.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Do cooking and recipe books sell well?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:46 PM   in response to: Wilai Lattimore in response to: Wilai Lattimore
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Wilai Lattimore wrote:
I suffer from Celiac disease. If you have some recipes for delicious glutton free bread you could have a best seller on your hands.

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074LF1G6/
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