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Amazon Keeps Changing Algorithms on Kindle eBooks?

Can indie authors even hope to understand the complex and secret ways Amazon ranks our books? How can we use what little information available to maximize our exposure to the reading world? Did you know they use things like price points and being independently published to consider where to rank you book?

Check out Edward W. Robertson’s blog posts, especially May’s as well as other more recent ones at: http://www.edwardwrobertson.com/

Kindle Select or the World?

That’s what it seems to be boiling down to. Are there fewer advantages with the Kindle Select program now than before? Are the Amazon free days as effective as they used to be? Does it even make sense to use them?

These are the questions I’m asking, now. Take a look at what other indies are saying. It might help you make up your mind.

Joe Konrath—check out his comments at the bottom of the interview. The guy knows his stuff: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2012/05/guest-post-by-robert-gregory-browne.html

Katie.M.John (It looks wrong, but that’s the way she spells it)—Some interesting thoughts here: http://katiemjohn.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/why-amazon-kdp-select-and-i-are-on.html

D.D. Scott—this lady is an experienced ePubber and very sharp: http://goo.gl/yNi9T

This is an older post on Karen Barney’s blog, that made a lot of sense back in January, and still has some great tips for trying to maximize Kindle Select’s “free days”: http://goo.gl/zMrxl

Should I do a Print On Demand paperback besides an eBook?

Indie authors are finding the most success with eBooks, by a considerable amount. But, since Print on Demand is easy and free through Amazon’s CreateSpace.com, what will it hurt? Then, you’ll have something tangible you can give to reviewers, friends and relatives, besides having one more way to market your work. There are other POD printers out there that do a fine job. Many of them charge a fee, depending on the extent of the work needed from their end. You should check out Lulu.com, iUniverse.com, Xlibris.com, and others before you make up your mind. Also, several of these POD printers, including Lulu.com will do hardcover books besides the popular trade paperback—CreateSpace.com only does trade paper but has a great distribution network. And no one is to say you can’t do both–trade paperback with CreateSpace.com and hardcover with Lulu.com.

EBook Readers

Looking for a good eBook reader? It’s a fair investment, so you’ll want something that will last you a few years.

There are a lot of really good ones out there, but one very important concern that isn’t about the eReader itself: what books can you download on the device? Consider whether you want to be able to read those out only on Kindle (Kindle/Amazon probably has the broadest selection) or only on Nook (B&N/Nook is catching up). If you can read either of these formats, you’ll be able to read 99.9% of the eBooks available. So consider whether or not the device will download applications to allow you to read other formats.

These things are changing by the minute, as is technology. Here’s a site that compares current eBook Readers as of the date of this post: http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/. I think it does a pretty good job of considering the important features and conveniences.

Below is my somewhat updated comment from it’s original posting a year ago on June 5, 2011. It still has some valid food for thought:

I have the first version of Sony Reader (I now have the Kindle Fire and LOVE IT!).  I do not recommend it, but I understand later versions are much better.  Personally, I would search online for a couple of those comparison websites/blogs and see how they stack up (latest Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony). You might even decide on an iPad or Xoom, so that you can have much more than just an eReader—I have the Xoom and love it, but it’s super expensive (they come down a little since this post–still really enjoy mine). Another advantage of the Xoom and iPad is that you can download apps that will allow you to read about any format of eBook (many eBook readers are app capable now, as well).

When considering the basic eReader, remember how very convenient it is to be able to download on the fly (like at a hotel, Starbucks, etc.) without having to go through your PC (can’t do that with my old Sony). Also, with some books, color is important, and not just for covers (my Sony only shows a B & W of cover).  I’m sure the “color” eReaders available go for a premium—but it’s something to consider, especially if you ever want to download children’s books—or if they ever make travel, photo, or other image dependent books available in eBook formats (many of the new eBook readers are color capable now).

This is an area that I know little about—but should (and will) research soon.  Anything you find out that you can pass along will be beneficial to all.