John Locke First Self-Published Kindle Million Author

Here’s a neat story I stumbled across today! – John Locke, the self-published Kindle author, just went over one million sales and joined the Kindle Million Club!

He is mostly known for his fiction work on the Donovan Creed novels, and these are the ones that have had the most success. One of the ways he got here is by offering his Kindle version books at 99 cents. The paperback copies were $8 to $15.

What has been funny and interesting to me is that Locke has actually been criticized by the media for his low pricing of the books. Yes, that means he got a very low commission on his self-published sales (about 34 to 35 cents per Kindle sale), but at a million copies, he still made over $300,000. I think he is doing just fine!

He has also written a non-fiction title about his success as a Kindle author. I am going to pick this up and will report back here when I do about his method. I know several of you who read this blog are looking for more than a Kindle review – you are Kindle authors as well! I will write a quick review on it once I have had the time to go through it. I am a bit interested myself, as I hope to publish my on Kindle book in the near future.

So, does this change the face of authorship even more? If nothing else, I think it proves, if it even needed to be proven anymore, that you really do not need a major publisher to be able to succeed and to truly get a wide distribution as an author!

Kindle Million Club – Authors 5 and 6!

The Kindle Million Club just added two new authors to its ranks – Lee Child and Suzanne Collins! Congratulations to both of them on this feat.

The Kindle Million Club consists of the authors who have sold at least one million copies of their books through the Kindle store. An impressive accomplishment for any author. Child and Collins make the fifth and sixths authors to join this elite group.

Lee Child has written 16 books in his “Jack Reacher” series, and he started writing back in 1995,the same time Amazon came online. He says that he looks forward to many new milestones together with Amazon in the future.

Collins is the first children’s book author to join the Kindle Million Club. She is best known for the hit, “The Underland Chronicles.”

I think this really says something about the Kindle and where it (and reading in general) is headed. It is impressive that 6 people have already been able to sell more than a million books through this one platform. The Kindle and the Kindle reading platform on other devices just continues to get more and more popular, and Amazon recently stated that they are now selling more Kindle books than they are print books.

Especially interesting is the fact that a children’s author made the list. That means that parents are buying Kindles for their kids (or more likely sharing them with their kids), and that a new generation is going to grow up with ebooks and ebook readers being the new norm when it comes to reading. Reading a print book may be something unusual to this new generation!

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E-Books Changing the Game for Authors

It is clear upon a Kindle review that the device has altered the reading experience for the reader, but little has been published about the effect the shift has had on writing! The Kindle catalogs are filled with the exploits of writers from world over and the change in the way we read has had a dramatic effect on the way writers write. The new writing environment offers budding writers great new opportunities, while also introducing a series of pitfalls which were previously unimagined.

Changing of the writer’s persona

The image of a book signing, intoxicated by the adoration of hundreds of fans is one that most writers strive towards. The emergence of the e-book means that the writer will no longer be able to benefit from this ego boosting perk. This does not make much of a difference to the average writer because most book signings have about 30 people at most and the crowd is generally comprised of family members and close friends.

A simpler aspiration, however, is for the author to see his or her work on a bookshelf. The pride associated with knowing that you can request your book at the front desk has been lost to the faceless electronic age. The value of publishing has been undermined and authors will have to look elsewhere to overcome their overbearing insecurity.

Publication is easy

The electronic age has had one benefit: publishing has become easy. This does not, however, mean that you should immediately rush out and upload an electronic version of the novel that you have been working on for 10 years. If you approach the matter with this youthful exuberance then your masterpiece will simply disappear under a pile of electronic drivel published daily on Amazon. You need to employ a shrewd marketing strategy if you actually want to sell copies of your book. Commissioning the services of a professional editor would be a good start in ensuring that your book isn’t an error-laden reading headache.

Fewer overheads

Publication has become cheaper, because many of the middlemen leading to the release of a book have been eliminated. Self-publication is quickly becoming the chosen method for many authors. Stephen King, among other best-selling authors, has already released a novel exclusively in Kindle format. This is a trend that will become ever more common as Kindle continues to rise as the primary reading tool in the modern age.

Publishers also have to adapt in order to continue existing in the electronic age. Every new Kindle threatens the ability of giant publishing houses to hold clients and continue making money. It would not be far-fetched to see some authors using the reputation of a publishing house simply as a jump start to the newly established independence synonymous with e-publishing. Kindle has changed the end product and every step that leads to this has consequently been altered in some way.

The Kindle Million Club Grows Along With Kindle Sales

The Kindle Million Club, the aptly-named group of authors who have sold over one million copies, added its third member on Thursday. Stieg Larsson, the writer of the Millenium trilogy, including the latest book of the series, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest,” has now sold 1,170,539 Kindle versions of her books.

He joins Kindle Million Club authors James Patterson and Nora Roberts as the three authors who have gone over the 1 million mark in sales on the device. This is a huge accomplishment for Amazon and the ebook reader!

We expect that the Kindle Million Club will continue to grow as well. When you look at the numbers, it seems almost inevitable, especially if things continue to trend in that direction.

Look at it this way – Amazon sold 15 million copies of Kindle books in the last week of 2010, 10 million of which were paid versions of the books (thanks to Stephen Windwalker for the numbers). That’s not a typo – 15 million and 10 million paid books, in one week! Now, of course this was during the holidays, so there will obviously be more sales during that time, but it still impressive. In fact, it is estimated that 4 million Kindle books were downloaded on Christmas day alone.

Some estimates have the Kindle selling 10 million copies in 2011, which would be a big feat since there have been 12 million sold since the Kindle’s launch in 2007. This does not even count all of the downloads of the Kindle app on other devices. Amazon does not actually give out the sales figures on their device, so these are based on estimates, but I do believe them to be correct.

Many people who are Kindle lovers almost fear the other platforms, such as the Nook or Google’s new eBooks, but as someone who sells the Kindle and accessories, I welcome them. In fact, when the iPad came out, Kindle sales jumped almost immediately, as the added publicity of the Apple device actually brought more attention to the Kindle and to e-readers in general.

So, who will be the next Kindle Million Club author? Any thoughts out there? My guess – Tim Ferriss. He currently has two books on the New York Times bestseller list at positions 1 and 10, and many of his readers (which include myself) are tech savvy. It will not take long for his books to break that threshold soon.

What Will Ebook Prices Cost When iPad Launches?

There’s a lot of talk and buzz lately on ebook prices, especially since Apple announced their iPad tablet. What’s interesting to me, is that the iPad isn’t really billed or marketed as a digital reader. Yet, it’s already forcing changes in the ebook reader space.

Unbelievable!

Or maybe not. They have a force and sheer network no one can compete with. Not even Amazon. Not too mention a legion of high-income crazed fans, who will literally pay ANY price Apple places on  any of their products.

What is the latest in the Amazon versus Apple war? Another big publisher Hachette Books has withdrawn from the $9.99 price point for NYT best sellers. An absolute blow to Amazon and it’s low price ebook model. And this is before the iPad has even launched. It seems Apple is out to monopolize the ebook reader space as it has done with digital music and iTunes.

It’s clear now that those who complained the Kindle is too pricey and why buy an ebook at $9.99 when you can’t loan it, sell it or place it in your book shelf – will have to shell out ALOT more for both an ebook reader and ebooks. Well, assuming you just can’t live without another highly hyped Apple product. And c’mon, let’s face it – Apple iPad sales (come March) will be through the roof.

Higher priced ebooks suck for small book publishers, independent book shops, and of course avid book readers.

But the question remains, what will ebook prices cost when the iPad launches in March?

via Gizmodo