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Ebook profits

Stuart Hello, I am getting ready to launch my first ebook for sale. My question is, are any of you making money seling your ebooks. I have given one a way with some success and am wondering what I can expect in sales. I have an email list with about 1200 subscribers that will get me a few sales. Are a lot of people buying ebooks now-days. Any input will be appreciated.

Posted on: 9:32 pm on March 30, 2002
EbookHeaven Hi Stuart,

I am selling my fiction, but in small numbers. I also have one of my books for sale in print. I am expecting (hoping anyway) that those people who like my ebooks will graduate to the print versions of my book.

When I first started with ebooks, I had very high hopes (probably too high) but I have learned a lot since then. If you have a marketing manual, or a How To type of book, you will sell more than if you write fiction. That is not to say that fiction does not sell, it's just that non-fiction sells more at the moment.

Posted on: 3:55 pm on April 15, 2002
EBookCompiler Stuart

I have a little site (can't give you URL yet) which has interviews with a number of ebook authors.  There are 6 people on there initially, but there will be more eventually  Wait for the newsletter - if not already a subscriber, go tohttp://www.suniltanna.com/list/

The success levels of the people vary. The most successful on there has a full time business employing several people which I believe is all e-book related.  Others are making personal income, getting enough to upgrade their computer, or someplace in between.

All 6 are all non-fiction authors.  In my view 3 are definitely not marketing related (including the most successful one), 2 are marketing related (one of which is a free e-book), and 1 you could argue is marketing or you could argue isn't depending on your opinion.

Right now, I can't give you the URL, as I am waiting to hear back from a couple of  the people about some details.  

I'm still learning about fiction marketing, but for non-fiction the thing I would say drives these people's success is (a) they found a genuine need and filled it, (b) they found a good way to promote it.  The answer to (b) varies, e.g. one person says his affiliate program generates lots of sales, another says he uses different method to make sales and his affiliate program doesn't help so much,

Posted on: 4:19 pm on April 15, 2002
Stuart First of all thank both of you for your honest replies. I will check out the site when I receive the newsletter. My book has been for sale for a week now with a couple of sales. How about this for a niche market. I run a fifth generation dairy farm and allow anyone to choose a cow and follow her progress through our website and newsletter. The first ebook was about the lifestyle but the next will show someone how to raise a cow from a baby all the way through to the milking process. You would be surprised how many people want this info, or at least I was but I 'm not sure they will be willing to pay for it. Once again thanks for the replies and a great website and software package. Any more advice or ideas are welcomed.

Posted on: 5:00 pm on April 15, 2002
maktrix Last year I made between $2,000 and $3,000 profit on sales of my non-fiction ebooks. This represents about 10% of what I made on sales of my paperbooks which showed a rise in sales the same year I came out with ebook versions. No other new marketing was implemented for the paper books so I can only guess that ebooks sales spurred paper book sales.

You might also want to check out:
www.bookwire.com/bookwire/e-book_stats.htm for learning what various ebooks are priced at. The list of genres gives you an idea of what is selling.  

Posted on: 1:28 am on April 25, 2002
EBookCompiler In case anybody is wondering about the site I referred to earlier it is


and is now online.

Currently there are 6 people's interviews which range from people with a profitable hobby to a full time business employing several people.  Most people are reserved about exactly how well they are doing, but you can get a general idea from reading what they say carefully.

I hope to have a couple more interviews on there soon.

If anybody wants to submit an interview, there is a form on the site.

Posted on: 4:03 am on April 25, 2002

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