Amazon KDP Select has its lovers and haters, but…
Amazon KDP Select is probably the most discussed issue in self-publishing and has been for quite some time now.
While I am among those who dislike the necessity of having to grant Amazon exclusivity to my ebook distribution, I have to admit that it does work.
A little background first on my experience with Amazon KDP Select.
I have been in an out of KDP Select quite a few times over the years like many self-published authors have I suppose.
Each and every time I have enrolled, my ebook sales have increased.
Each and every time I have un-enrolled, my ebook sales have fallen. This is to be absolutely expected. Normal.
But what is not expected is that when I look at my ebook sales from other retailers and platforms, not one of them can provide the sales volume of Amazon when my ebooks are in Amazon KDP Select.
They do not even come close. So when I have taken my ebooks out of Amazon KDP Select, I lose a LOT of ebook sales.
Why did I take my ebooks out again then? Being an Indie author, and granting exclusivity to one retailer just do not go together on an ideological basis as I explained when I left KDPS six weeks ago.
But on a realistic, rational and let’s face it, money basis, Indie and exclusive to Amazon do have to coexist. Why?
Because of the screenshots below. After having my ebooks out of KDPS for six weeks, I returned a few of them over the last few days. Do I need to write a lot of words to describe what happened after you look at these images?
It’s not the Yellow Brick Road but look at the instantly rising orange line.
More words needed? I didn’t think so.