Sorry for complaining, but are other Indie authors selling a tiny percentage of ebooks at Barnes & Noble compared to Amazon Kindle?
When Pubit, Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform, first came out it was exciting. My books were already for sale there via Smashwords, but it appeared Pubit might be a better way to go direct.
I began keeping stats in 2011, and from January through April my Amazon Kindle sales outnumbered sales for Barnes & Noble (Nook) by a 6 to 1 ratio. That was a number I could live with, knowing Amazon is the king of selling ebooks and B & N has always been playing catch-up. Since then, from May 2011 through March 2012, my Barnes & Noble sales have plummeted to a ratio of 1 Nook sale for every 39 Kindle sales. Yikes, seriously not good. Almost 7 times worse than the results before.
And I was one of the authors who resisted KDP Select, Amazon’s exclusive 90-day Kindle promotion program, because of not wanting to pull ebooks from other retailer’s shelves (and also ’cause the exclusive thing rubs me a little wrong). When KDP Select came out in December 2011, I figured the B & N sales would hopefully rise since so many Indies bailed from Nook shelves. But that was another wrong assumption.
So what’s up here? It’s not like I only advertise for Amazon. The links to every major retailer are clearly visible on my sites. Since the Kindle and Nook forums are largely avoided by me, this has turned into something of a head-scratcher. Also of notice, my B & N sales via Smashwords are far better than the same Nook book selling directly via Pubit. Starting to wonder if Barnes & Noble is slowly dying? Maybe. Maybe another wrong assumption.
What about other authors–what are your experiences? Inquiring minds would love to know.
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