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Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Amazon Kindle
Anyone know what Kindle publications pay?

Apparently technical publications are making great inroads to the market.

Harold, anyone, what's the latest with commissions on readers and books?
July 28, 2010 04:34AM
Harold
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Ian, as of May 1, Amazon started paying the standard commission rates on both the Kindle reader and Kindle editions. That means the bonus rate of 10% on the readers was dropped, and that they started paying again on Kindle editions, after paying 0% for the past year and a half.

Also, Amazon pays a pretty generous royalty to authors/publishers, so anyone who can WRITE a technical publication (you, Damon, anyone else) of just about any length (does not have to be book-length) could earn quite well in that direction. If I didn't have a print book out (with its own Kindle edition) I'd be heading down that road, and selling publications through Kindle and probably on the Apple iBookstore as well.
July 28, 2010 04:11PM
DamonHD
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Ah, Harold, now there is an interesting idea.

What does it take to author a Kindle doc (special software, brain surgery by Amazon, ???) and what is the minimum typical length, eg for a snappy "How to install Solar" or "Things to check around your home to save Green" guide?

I'd be quite keen to sell one of those adapted from my site for the cost of a click on a Google ad frankly. But wouldn't want anyone to be feeling short-changed given the customs of that medium.

Rgds

Damon
July 28, 2010 06:35PM
Pengi
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Interesting - this needs some thought
July 28, 2010 07:55PM
Harold
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Damon, I really don't know much about it. But I believe you can directly convert a Word doc into Kindle format. And you should check out the potential "competition" on Amazon (particularly on amazon.com, where you'll get more of your sales, I would think) to see what is being offered in your particular area. But I do know that people offer magazine articles, book chapters, and so on in Kindle format.
July 28, 2010 09:02PM
DamonHD
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OK, that steer is a good start! I have some serious-size projects ahead in the queue, but something to fill my winter evenings with maybe...

Rgds

Damon
July 28, 2010 09:28PM
Harold
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I think there is a lot of potential in this area.
July 28, 2010 09:54PM
Pengi
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After some thought, I don't think I could depend on it as my future revenue stream!
July 29, 2010 08:33AM
Ian C. Purdie
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Well I think I might investigate it.
July 29, 2010 10:29AM
DamonHD
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Some discussion on SlashDot today suggests that the agreement terms are unpleasant.

[www.sfwa.org]

Rgds

Damon
July 29, 2010 01:08PM
DamonHD
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Here's a nice little (free) 'e-book' I just ran across on-line. I'm sure he could sell this if he wanted to.

I think most of us here are already on the kind of life he's trying to help others towards, but I still found it refreshing and interesting:

[tylertervooren.com]

Rgds

Damon
August 20, 2010 02:04PM

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