What is your opinion of publishing an eBook through Amazon?
For those of you that have published eBooks through Amazon, what was your impression? Amazon seems to have one of the easiest entry programs for publishing your own book.
Do the Amazon books sell well, or is the quality low because of the ease of publishing?
Not sure what you mean by quality, You provide a cover and a book and set your price. They provide a place to sell it that everyone on the net knows exists and where they can get any other book under the sun. It's all free. The only thing you have to do is advertise. What more could you ask for? .
Amazon sells a Kindle reader. It's one of the most popular readers out there. You even sell on Amazon UK and DK.
I have 4 books out on Amazon and Smashwords. The advantage is that on Smashwords your book is distributed to Barns and Nobel, Kobo, Sony, Ipone, Diesel and more.
Yet I still sell more on Amazon.
eBooks are the future. With Amazon and Smashwords you get to keep all your rights. You get picked up by a traditional publisher you can still sell them the rights.
If you want your book to sell well all you need to do is market it. That's the only downside to self publishing these days/ . . . . .
I haven't sold an eBook on Amazon yet, but I'm in the process of getting a few on there so I have done a bit of research. All I can say is that it has some definite advantages with a fair fee structure, a well-established and trusted vendor, and a URL where you can send people to make the purchase. Some traffic may come in from people stumbling across it on Amazon, but I personally don't intend to count on that in any way -- you still have to get out there and market your own product if you want it to be successful. The good news is, most people who might balk at giving out their credit card information on some unknown website are generally just fine with giving their information to Amazon.
Amazon publishing makes the author also become the editor. This is almost impossible to do. Editors have jobs because they are needed. I am a writer, not an editor, by the way. Although I look to Amazon as a future means to be published, I work with a team of writers. We critique writing for one another to help prepare work for publication. www.write4writers.com is our contact website. Please forgive the under-construction pages. We have jobs!
As for post-publication marketing, the rules haven't changed.
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