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Kindle Singles have arrived… and here’s what you need to know!

Did you know there are currently over 22 million books in print that you can order from Amazon.com? It seems like virtually every book that has ever been written is now in the Amazon catalog. Thus, it’s more difficult than ever to stand out as a self-published author given the shear number of books we are up against! But Kindle has created an opening for us to standout, and reach a new audience. Why? Because there’s currently only 790,000 titles available on Kindle. Thus, when someone searches for your topic, you stand a better chance to be closer to the top of the search results (do a search for ‘entrepreneur’ in the Kindle store and you’ll see my book ranked among the top 5). But that 790,000 # is increasing at a rate of about 1,000 new titles/day, thus the sooner you get your book on Kindle, the sooner you’ll benefit from the smaller market.

The good news is that you can capture a new even smaller market that Amazon will be putting a lot of marketing muscle into very soon. It’s called Kindle Singles. And although no launch date has been set, but they’ve been releasing more information to publishers lately which leads me to believe the launch will be sometime in early 2011. Here’s what you need to know about Kindle Singles:

  • Singles will be it’s own category in the Kindle Store.
  • A Singles book must be between 5,000-30,000 words (~ 30-90 pages).
  • You will have to submit your title for consideration to be included – while Amazon seems to allow pretty much anyone to publish anything to the Kindle store, Singles will be a highly curated group of content they feel is valuable to their readers.
  • Books in the public domain are not eligible.
  • You still earn a 70% royalty on every sales per their guidelines.
  • The content you submit is not exclusive to Amazon, so you can sell it on other marketplaces as well.

To submit your book for consideration to Kindle Singles, you first upload your book to the Digital Text Platform (The Kindle publishing back-end for authors/publishers), after your kindle book has been approved, you must send an email to: kindle-singles@amazon.com requesting inclusion in the program. Your request should come from the email address in which your DTP account is setup & you must provide the ASIN # of your book. Amazon will notify you once your title has been accepted. It’s important that your title exists on the kindle as high quality conversion, meaning all the navigation (ie. start, cover, table of contents, etc.) is functioning, your table of contents is correclty hyperlinked, your pictures are aligned & formatted correctly, you don’t have lingering irrelevant characters (like page #’s), chapter & titles are correctly structured, etc…   If you need help getting your book cleaned up and properly formatted for the Kindle or any other eReader, we can help. Visit us at www.KindleExpert.com to learn more or contact me at: Brian@KindleExpert.com or call 970-215-1078 (Colorado).

UPDATE: Amazon now has a web page with additional information on publishing to Kindle Singles.

Kindle titles to double again in 2010

Number of Kindle titles on track to break 800,000 by end of 2010

I’ve been tracking the number of titles available on the Kindle, and the number of kindle books available has been doubling every year since 2007.  Back in November of 2007, there were only 91,626 titles available.  As of today, there are 765,000 titles you can download for the Amazon Kindle and the number is increasing about 1000 new titles/day… Thus, I predict the # of titles will break 800,000 before year end.

Because there are over 20 million titles available in print on Amazon, you can see why it’s much easier to stand out as an author when your book is on Kindle. For the foreseeable future, it’ll be a much smaller ocean to be in.

The Christmas season will no doubt drive a lot of new Kindle owners.  Thus, I predict that our December #’s will be the highest to date for our small publishing company, 50 Interviews.  For the last 30 days, the profit alone from just a handful of of titles has been close to $400… I’m predicting we’ll break the $500 mark in December.

If you want to get your book on Kindle fast – we can help.  Typically within 72 hours, you’ll have your converted files back and can still capture the explosion of new buyers this Christmas season.

I personally guarantee that you will be pleased with your conversion.  You receive all the formats you need to upload your own titles to the various marketplaces (ie. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, etc..) as well as walk-through tutorials on how to do it. Also, beginning next month, we’ll be rolling out a set of tutorials to help you optimize your book listing and leverage techniques we’ve found to work well when it comes to successfully marketing your ebooks.  These modules will be included with the cost of conversion.

We’ve completed over 50 conversions to date, and they range from non-fiction to novels, and we just completed our first Children’s book.

If you have any questions whatsoever, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your question.

Reason #22 to convert to Kindle

If you own an Amazon Kindle, you might have noticed lately a nudge from Amazon to select ‘I prefer to see Kindle Editions’ button.  What does this mean to authors/publishers? Well, as the market of readers using Kindle devices continues to grow, those who do select this option (as I did), will be limited to seeing titles available on Kindle only.

My list of ‘Top 10 Reasons to have your book on Kindle‘ has grown considerably in the last few months. Amazon, BN, and Apple continue to add features and functions that are making the appeal of ebooks more sticky than ever before.  There’s no doubt that this will accelerate the transition from print to pixels in publishing.

If your title is not yet on Kindle, let us help you get there.  Not only will you get a file back that you’ll be proud to put your name on, but we provide all the formats you need for the major marketplaces including: Kindle, Nook, Google Editions, and the iBookstore.  Along with the conversion, we provide tutorials on how to upload your files to each site so you get paid directly by each of the major vendors.

Most conversions are returned within 72 hours and within a week you could have your title online – standing out among the crowd. Jump in – you’ll be glad you did.

Kindle vs. the iPad – one users comparison…

I wanted to share my initial observations between iPad & Kindle.  I’ve been asked on more than one occasion by my friends which one to buy for reading our eBooks.

Here’s what I found as one major shortfall on the iBooks app on the iPad:

One of the things I love about my Kindle is that I can type in a keyword or phrase, and it searches for that keyword or phrase across every single book & document on my Kindle device! This is huge to me because I have lots of non-fiction books and I can’t always remember which book, or even where in that book that concept existed when I need to refer to it. Kindle has solved this problem for me by having a lightning fast global search capability.

On the flip side, I also now own an Ipad with the iBookstore app installed, and from what I can tell, there’s no way to search across all the text in all my books I purchase or transfer to the iBookstore. Yes – you can search within a book, but that doesn’t help me when I can’t remember which book had the phrase, keyword, or concept I was looking for!

For what I see as a very important feature in the evolution of epublishing, Kindle has it, iPad doesn’t (yet :-)).. I can’t speak to the nook because I don’t own one (yet).

The other feature I love about my Kindle is that my Kindle comes with it’s own email address.  I can email a variety of different types of documents (including MS word files) to that email address, and magically, my document appears on my Kindle (over WiFi).  The iPad requires that you manually drag the pdf or epub into iTunes and then sync up your PC/Mac & your iPad for the documents to appear in your iBooks app. I also don’t believe you can just drop an MS Word doc into your iTunes library – you’d have to convert it to PDF first.

What I do however love about the iPad is the bigger screen.  So ultimately, what I’d recommend, if one can afford it, is the Kindle DX. If not, then the Kindle 3 Wifi (I have the 3G version but rarely ever use the 3G connection, but do use the WiFi connection often). It’ll be really nice if/when they come out with a WiFi version of the DX. That’ll probably be the next eReader I buy.

If anyone does have the nook, I (& other readers of this blog) would greatly appreciate your comments below!

The logic behind Amazons new 'Kindle for the web' clientless ebook reader

A client recently asked me about the reasoning behind Amazon’s new ‘Kindle for the Web’ and after a little digging, I discovered that this is yet another good tool for authors & publishers who’ve converted their titles to Kindle, as it allows one more visibility point.  If you visit my Amazon listing, what you’ll notice unique about it is the addition of the green box ‘Kindle Edition’ where it gives you the option to read the first chapter.

Actually, what you get to read is the first 5% of the book – which in my case is far more than just the first chapter.  This is basically the SITB (Search Inside The Book) feature for your Kindle version.  What I like is that it loads super fast (vs. sending a sample to your Kindle) and makes the ‘click-to-buy’ more readily available to a prospective buyer.  You’ll also notice however if you click on my Kindle listing, the little green box is not available.  If you have any thoughts on why that might be, I would love to know! So please leave a comment below. I’ll pose the question to my friend who works at Amazon and let you know what I find out.

Perhaps what this will actually lead to is that those who want your Kindle version will get to peak at how your book looks on the Kindle… and if it is a poor conversion, you’ll likely lose that buyer.  As a Kindle owner myself, I can tell you that I will not purchase Kindle books that are not structured the way the Kindle intended the content to be structured – resulting in an enjoyable reading experience!

Top 10 Reasons to have your book available on Kindle

Every week, I hear more compelling reasons to get your book on the Amazon Kindle eReader.  So to cut to the chase, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why it’s in your best interest.  If you want to get your own book up in no time with little to no effort, your best bet is to hire someone (like yours truly) to do the conversion for you and show you how to upload the title to Amazon.  We netted over $100 in profit from the sales of our Kindle books in July-2010 alone!

  1. Amazon is paying authors a 70% royalty for Kindle books priced between $2.99-$9.99.
  2. The Kindle reader is #1 selling product on Amazon.
  3. Kindle ebook sales have already outsold the hardback version and it is predicted they will outsell paperback version in 2011.
  4. Anyone in the world can get your book instantly.
  5. 100% of your investment in the conversion will be returned once you’ve sold just 37 books.
  6. Your can have your book available for purchase in the largest marketplace on the web in less than 72 hours!
  7. You can have a live URL in your book to point people back to your website where they are more likely to have an internet connection and thus actually visit the site you refer them to!
  8. There are no setup costs and you don’t need an ISBN!
  9. You can revise your title whenever you want… without having to pay a fee to revise (perhaps you now have some reviews/endorsements to add?).
  10. You can test a new cover design to see if it increases book sales (yes, unfortunately people do judge a book by it’s cover).

Visit KindleExpert.com to learn more about quick and affordable kindle conversions!