After a month or so of having self published our first book, a few takeaways.
1 – The most important is that, while expected, the vast majority of sales (90%) came through Amazon. Realizing this, we are now moving the eBook exclusively to Amazon so that Prime Members can download the book for free (see below).
2 – The biggest complaint about the book is that it is short (about 60 normal pages). This is funny since I literally spent months editing it down to that length. I hate books being long for the sake of being long, but it seems like lots of people still equate length with value. My first book was $50, and to reflect the shorter length of this one I reduced the price to $5, or roughly the cost of a latte. But, people still complain that it is too short.
Along the same lines is the problem of producing a lot of free content. Once you do this, people begin to expect it. I have received a number of emails stating they thought the book should have been a free white paper (to which I offer to refund their $4.99). Investors have no problems paying for loads and high fees often in the tens of thousands of dollars, but $5 for an eBook, the horror!
3 – The third takeaway is that lots of people still love physical books (myself included). We uploaded a large CreateSpace book so that people can get the physical book for about $7. I was shocked at how good it came out after having seen early CreateSpace books years ago – the quality is much improved.
How to Borrow a Book on Amazon for Free