I am super excited to share this news with you!
You may or may not have noticed some new sales links on the pages for my books in the last few days.
I have expanded my book sales. Until now, you’ve been able to purchase my paperbacks in a variety of online locations, but my ebooks have only been available on Amazon. That’s changed, though. You can now find my ebooks at Barnes & Noble, Apple, Scribd, Kobo, and Page Foundry – and they’re still on Amazon, as well. (Tangled Deceit is currently not available through Apple due to some formatting issues that I’ve yet to be able to resolve. I’m working on it, though!)
I made this decision because of changes that Amazon has made. They introduced the Kindle Countdown Deal sometime ago, and it was a good tool. Exclusivity to Amazon was worth what I got in sales from being able to use KCD. However, last year they introduced Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is basically like paying for a library card – you pay $9.99/month and get unlimited access to any and all ebooks that participate in the KU program. This is great for voracious readers. If you spend even $20 a month on books, signing up for KU can save you money. But as an author? I’ve found it’s not so good for me.
Since the introduction of KU, I’ve seen my sales remain the same or drop, depending on the month. A KCD no longer draws in sales the way it used to – even at $.99, it’s a better deal to use KU to read my books than to buy one in a KCD. The problem is, what I get paid for a KU borrow is far less than what I get paid for an actual purchase. While I’m not in this just for the money, the fact is, I have a family. I have to be able to take care of them, and Amazon’s new program is dramatically reducing any chance I have of doing that, if I stay exclusive to Amazon.
On top of that, while I personally have a Kindle, I know that there are other options for reading ebooks, and I realize it’s not fair to those readers that they either have to miss out or download an app to read a Kindle book. I don’t want anyone to miss out on a book they want to read, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. I can’t control other authors and where they make their books available, but I can control where mine are available.
And that’s why I’ve not renewed my KDP Select contract, giving Amazon exclusivity. It’s time to branch out, and make my books available elsewhere. I realize I may take a temporary hit, as I lose out on the KU borrows I got and the Prime member borrows, until sales begin to take off in the new locations. But ultimately, I believe in the long run, it will be worth it. And bonus, now that it’s more widely available, you don’t have to tell your friends that they need a Kindle or a Kindle app to read my books! You can simply suggest that they pick up a copy from any of the websites that have it. The prices are the same as they’ve always been, too. I won’t be offering any sales anymore, at this point, because the majority of the sites don’t allow me to offer sales.
If you want to purchase one of my books through one of the new channels, simply go to the page for that book and click the appropriate link. And stay tuned in the upcoming weeks and months, as I may be adding more sales channels.