Is there something to debate? Is there controversy about Amazon's Kindle or Kindle Select and the indie authors of ebooks? Actually, there is a few areas worth exploring; price, percentages, work load, returns, and the return on investment - writing time.
Online PR News – 25-April-2013 – Wapping – e books, Kindle, indie authors, the controversy! e books at Kindle for indie authorsIs there something worth a debate? Is that that much controversy about Amazon's Kindle or Kindle Select and the indie authors of ebooks? Actually, there is a few areas worth exploring; price, percentages, work load, returns, and writing time vs return on investment.Amazon Kindle Price suggestionsAmazon's Kindle sets the tone for e book pricing at $1.00 to $2.99 of course if you choose the price range you're agreeing to 35% of the sales. There are a few questions to ask yourself: How many e books have you sold in the past per title at Amazon's Kindle? How many books must you sell at Kindle to add up to any money for all of your hard work? What is your time really worth writing e books? Let's look at where and what books sell for $1.00 to $2.99. I have the edge do to of my many years in the wholesale trade. Books that sell for $1.00 to $2.99 are found usually in dollar stores and lower end discount stores, this you can find yourself. Most of the books within that price range and in their inventories are store returns and deep sixed books. As an example of a deep six book, it is a book that could not sell anywhere else. Usually the book is out of date. I remember seeing one deal the book was Heath Tips 2003 the book deal sold in 2009. These were held in stock and depreciated over time as a tax write off and then put back into the market for less than cost. Book deals such as this are normally sold by the pallet lot. A pallet can hold 1000 to 1800 books depending on size. Oh, by the way dollar stores usually pay $0.65 per book. Please note this is where they end up when there is nowhere else to turn.Now, back to the price of a Kindle e book; $1.00 to $2.99 a price range set by them. When was the last time you sold 1000 to 1800 e books of a title? So who really benefits by you selling your books at $1.00 to $2.99? Kindle does, by the variety of e books being sold by every indie author that does not know and trust what they're being told! Does this bring vanity publishing to mind? Kindle Select vs Indie Author Scarface Not to add salt to the e books on Kindle wound but when an indie author is setting up their e book for sale many choose Kindle Select, locking the author into a 90 days with Kindle alone. How many e books of a title did you last sell at Kindle? Was it worth being locked in for 90 days? I am a firm believer that if you want to sell your e books or books you want to have them on every street corner available to you!Amazon Kindle - Returns on e books policyHow could I leave out the most important factors in this debate advertising and store policies at Amazon's Kindle. First, store policies for e books; Kindle has an open store policy store returns for e books is acceptable up to seven days. Who cannot read the average e book in seven days? Is it worth it to you as an indie author? Is Amazon's Kindle store that desperate for e book sales? Amazon Kindle - indie authors advertising for whom exactlyThe last part of this overall debate is about advertising and whom does what. Every indie author is provided a link to sell their books. Wait a moment, is Amazon a book store? Why do the authors have to advertise their e books and books? Isn't Amazon responsible for that; advertising to get shoppers buying e books? What makes them different from any other retail unit?If you are looking for an alternative come to Book-Spot.com It is the first of its kind! It's an authors' co-op, free to use and sell your books. When you let people know about your book with your link at book-spot.com you are the one seeing the rewards, no one else! All you need is a book and a paypal account to be paid by the buyers of your e books and books.Literary industry how it worksThese are the definitions and functions of the book industry. The definition of a literary agent A professional agent who acts on behalf of an author in dealing with publishers and others involved in promoting the author's work.Functions of a literary agent is to sort through numerous authors that want to have their books published. When the literary agent finds someone's book interesting they in turn will solicit publishers to publish the work.Definition of a book publishing companybook publishing. The term publishing means, in the broadest sense, making something publicly known. Historically, it came to refer to the issuing of printed materials, such as books, magazines, periodicals, and the like; it now also encompasses issuing such materials in an electronic form. There is, however, great latitude of meaning, because publishing has never emerged, and cannot emerge, as a profession completely separate from printing on the one hand and the retailing of printed matter on the other.Early HistoryThe practice of making extra copies of manuscripts goes back to ancient times; in Rome there were booksellers-Horace mentions the Sosii, who were brothers-and the copying of books by trained slaves reached high proportions. With the introduction of printing into Europe during the middle of the 15th century, book publishing sprang into existence. The author, the printer, and the publisher of a work were sometimes all the same person, as in the case of members of the Estienne family in France in the 16th cent. The differentiation of printer, publisher, and bookseller appeared early, however, as patrons of literature had books printed for distribution and booksellers had their printing done by others to meet the popular demand.The Emergence of Publishing HousesThe first popular publishing house (1583-1791) was that of the Elzevir family of Holland. The Elzevirs were businessmen, and the business of bookselling grew as literacy increased. Concurrently, printing, publishing, and bookselling spread learning across the West. Religious controversy bred polemics, and arguments printed in broadsides, pamphlets, and books were handed out zealously and bought eagerly by partisans. An interest in knowing the future also increased the amount of literature issued by bookseller-publishers, and almanacs and the like were issued for the wider public.With the steadily broadening mass of readers, great publishing houses slowly came into being; many were well established by the late 18th cent. Leipzig had become a printing center in the 15th cent. and retained its eminence, along with Munich; most of the larger German cities had flourishing publishing concerns by the end of the 19th cent. Modern European cities with long traditions of publishing are Vienna, Florence, Milan, ZÃ¼rich, Paris, London, and Edinburgh. In the United States, Boston, Philadelphia, and especially New York City took the lead.SpecializationDuring the late 19th century and throughout the 20th cent., specialization has been an important factor in book publishing. Music publishing became a completely separate business, as did map publishing. Some publishing houses now specialize in religious books, textbooks, art books, technical books, and children's books. Frequently a house issuing works for the general trade may also have a strong textbook department, juvenile division, or reference department. A house founded for more or less special purposes may broaden its scope, as sometimes happens with the university press.It was during the late 19th and 20th centuries, specialization grew within publishing houses. Editorial departments became distinct from production, and both were quite separate from the sales or marketing departments. Publishers also specialized in the means by which their books were distributed. Trade books are fiction and nonfiction books sold to readers primarily through bookstores, whereas textbooks are directed toward school boards and faculty for use by students in the classroom. Many volumes are issued with the book club market in mind.Paperback BooksSince books are basically a luxury item, a purchaser can dispense with them in hard times. One partial solution in the United States has been the issuance of paperback books, long a standard form of book publication in Europe. During the 1930s and 40s the paperbound, pocket-size book rose meteorically in popularity in English-speaking countries, and in the 1950s the "quality" paperback appeared, presenting durable yet inexpensive editions of well-known writers. By 1998 mass-market and trade paperbacks represented about 14% of all books sold in the United States.Functions of a book publisher A book publisher buys the rights to the authors' work then print it or have it printed then taking it to market; promoting the work and selling it to book distributors,key retail chains and libraries.The definition of a book distributor The distribution by sale of non-periodical printed publications, such as books, pamphlets, posters, postcards, and sheet music. As a special type of commerce the book trade is an aspect of culture and serves as an effective means of ideological influence.Functions of a book distributorBook distributors sell books to smaller retail outlets and some retail chain stores in the appropriate department. Many distributors sell the books on a guaranteed sales basis. The service personal will rotate the inventory from store to store, selling down the inventory. At that point, depending on the agreement, the distributor will send the old books back to the publisher or close the remaining inventory out to a closeout specialist.Definition of a book store A shop where books are sold.The functions of a book storeA book store buys books from a few vendors (publishers and book distributors) and then the book store sells the books to the public for a profit. Retailers will run in store promotions to stimulate sales, and sometimes if they are big enough they will hold book signings by authors promoting their book in key areas. No one sells books for the book store, that is the store owners' responsibility and desire to make profits!Tags: e books, books, kindle e books, kindle, amazon, indie authors, publisher, publishers, the authorsPublisher tips for indie authors - e books Definitions provided by: TheFreeDictionary Functions provided by: Robert Ruisi, author with 43 years of business of manufacturing, import, and wholesale distribution.Book Spot on Facebookfree ebooks