Andrew Hyde walks us through his ebook launch experience, with excellent infographics and an account of his marketing strategies.
This post is about [...] where the sales of the book are coming from, and why Amazon takes 48% of digital book sales. Surprising eh? I thought Amazon was the BEST for indie authors, right? We will get into that later.
Andrew isn't hiding in the low thousands on the Amazon sales list. He describes a very successful launch, including:
The book had a great launch, even getting to the #1 Hot Releases spot for Amazon.com for the travel section.
He discovers that the Kindle accounts for the greater of his sales on his $9.99 book, but then:
Wait, Amazon pays out the worst? What? This can’t be right! They are the best right? Everyone loves them. I love them. I dig a bit deeper and find this little gem[...]
Do read through. I'm no fan of the Kindle myself, specifically because Amazon explicitly refuse to support .epub files, but this is a really shady trick by Amazon.
Read Andrew's analysis here: http://andrewhy.de/amazons-markup-of-digital-delivery-to-indie-authors-is-129000/
PS: In the comments to Andrew's article we find a link to where Amazon apparently discloses their delivery service fee. That link seems to be broken now, and a quick search through their help page didn't turn up anything. Sorry folks, I tried.