Friday, 20 July 2012

eReader News Today open for submissions

Good morning all,

eReader News Today, one of the largest kindle fan sites has reopened its doors to authors for bargain book posts.

Previously they offered a feautre advertise done on a 'Book a day, be the only book and pay $x' basis but now Greg is featuring 4 'bargains' a day.

This is on the basis that your book is 99c, and he invoices you for 25% of the net income received via his affiliate links after the books sell which means lower risk for the author.

If this is something you're interested in the full details are up at

We think it's worth a shot - at least initially before the entire Kindle Boards community jumps on it. So we've hit the update button on Dead on Demand reducing it to 99c. We don't really like the 35% royalty option (after all, 35c minus tax split two ways is no way to make a living without selling a huge quantity!) but in the interests of experimentation we're going to give it a shot.

Dead on Demand will therefore be 99c or equivalent as soon as Amazon update it, and we'll be leaving it like this 'til Sunday when we'll switch back to our regular price of $4.99


  1. This sounds like a good idea. Will be interested in hearing how you get on with this.

  2. Well, we didn't get picked. Among that did get picked over the weekend all of them shot up the ranks - and several hit the Movers and Shakers list in doing so.

    We had a small increase in sales, but 99c v $4.99 means selling 10 at 99c for every 1 we sold before - which means we made less during our 3 day experiment than we normally do (and of course if ENT had picked us up then their 25% cut means we would have made 26.26c a copy and would have needed to sell 13.3 x as many copies!).

    I'm on the fence on this one. A thousand sales would net $262.60 - and no-one has hit that yet via a 99c promotion as far as I know. A freebie run should net 20-30,000 downloads with the same ENT feature, and the sell through after would probably exceed $262.60.

    It's an uptick, but probably more easily achieved via free given the extra exposure elsewhere. Especially as it's all dependent on being a title Greg at ENT fancies on the day (and the 4.2* average will cut out many ebooks including some by world class authors - It seems too high to me. Don't know what everyone else thinks there?).

    99c also doesn't have much of a ranking boost - it beats free for sales rank, but the sheer volume of free takes it for popularity rank. Given that pop rank is the default on kindle, and half the view on .com I'd take pop over sales given the numbers involved. Sales might have more long term stickyness given the pop rank decays to 0 in 28 days though.