Publetariat Dispatch: Amazon Kindle The Fire. Ebooks Go Mainstream.

Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author and publishing consultant Joanna Penn posits that ebooks have finally gone mainstream.

Ebook sales have been steadily growing over the last 2 years and those of us readers who converted early are almost entirely ebook consumers now.

For authors, the global ebook sales market has meant we can sell direct to customers and every month receive a cheque from Amazon. We can log on and see our sales by the hour. It has been life changing for me and so many others.

But ebooks have been far from mainstream. Until now.

 

These new Kindle devices change everything.

Amazon has unveiled a new family of Kindles  including one at the magic price of $79. This is what happened with the  iPod when the price came down low enough that it was a no-brainer  purchase. Those people who had been on the fence about new-fangled  digital music went out and got one, just to see what the fuss was about.  I was one of those people (with the ipod) and it hasn’t left my side  since.When did you switch to digital music?

 

Kindle sales growth almost vertical (Image source: Business Insider)

I was one of the first people in Australia to buy the Kindle when it  (finally) become available. I converted to 90% ebook reading within  weeks and the number of books I bought at least trebled. I am  unashamedly an Amazon fan but this is a massively exciting development  for any author who can see what’s round the corner.

These new Kindles will ship in October and November.  There will be many of them in Christmas stockings and ebook sales go up  over Christmas because people have time to read, and of course, play  with their new gadgets.

So what does this mean for you?

  • If you don’t have a Kindle yet and you are a writer or want to be. Get off the fence and buy one of these (affiliate). Experience for yourself what the digital revolution means.  Even if you still love the smell of a new book, there are millions of  people converting to ebooks and you want to sell to them. You are not  your market. You have to see this to believe it.
  • If you are a traditionally published author and your publisher has  not put your book on the Kindle with global rights, then go see an IP  lawyer and see what you can do to get the rights back or ask the  publisher to get your books up there. It’s not rocket science.

Trust the market

People want to read. They want to find books that will inspire them,  entertain them, educate them, take them out of their world for just a  few minutes. These book lovers are people like me. I devour Kindle  books. I download samples several times a day. My biggest entertainment  expense is ebooks. I love reading. Chances are, so do you, and so do  millions of readers. Maybe they will like your book. But they won’t find  it unless it’s on the Kindle platform.

I’m sure there will be the usual lamentation that this attitude will  flood the market with more self-published books of bad quality, but I trust the market. I am a heavy Kindle user. I am  the market. I always download a sample unless I trust the author. I  always delete the sample and don’t buy if the formatting is bad or if  the book is not enjoyable or useful. I only buy books that pass this  sample test. I go by reader recommendations and how many stars there  are. I buy based on recommendations from my friends on twitter. Crap  books with crap covers do not sell. They don’t rank on the bestseller  list. They do not get recommendations.

Stop with the excuses about why you think ebooks will fail, or how they are destroying publishing. Enough already.

This is no longer the future. This is right now. You need to act.

 

This is a reprint from Joanna Penn‘s The Creative Penn.

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