Kindle – Not Just for Kindles Anymore

In some discussions with fellow e-authors, family and friends, I’ve discovered that Kindle sales may suffer when you market a book for Kindle, as too many readers assume they must own a Kindle to read it. And not everyone owns a Kindle, believe it or not. Not even everyone owns a comparable ereader! *gasp*

We do limit ourselves, as writers, when we epublish. But we epublish for a reason, that being that it is accessible and affordable, and a relatively easy way to get our work in front of people. In turn, ebooks are very affordable and accessible for consumers. But when you epublish, you have to format your book for a specific device, and for new break-out authors like myself, that’s limiting. You must choose where you feel you’ll have the most marketability, where your genre sells best, who has the best royalties rates, etc.

I chose Amazon for a number of reasons: I use Amazon myself, I own a Kindle, and erotica tends to sell well with them. So this automatically, out of the gate, narrowed my potential audience to people with Kindle readers… Not!

Amazon provides a great reader app, available to anyone who cares to download it, right on the purchase page of every ebook they sell. This app works with PCs, laptops, tablets and even smartphones. And it is one hundred percent free.

So please, don’t feel limited by your hardware when you stumble upon a favorite author who has chosen to publish with Amazon. I.e., me. πŸ˜‰

While we’re on the subject, I’ve been asked a few times whether Erotic Passages will ever make it into real print. I hope so. But I have no plans for self-publishing into print, unless the ebook just does insanely well. And I know better than to count my chickens… er, e-sales. πŸ˜‰


11 thoughts on “Kindle – Not Just for Kindles Anymore

  1. Having owned a Kindle and a Kindle Fire – both of which have been given to family members – I know where you’re coming from! I now have iPad Air and Mini, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Amazon app is brilliant for picking up where you left off on another device. The screen is better too. Also, Kindle ebooks are usually cheaper than iBooks. It beats me why people would even prefer to read a Kindle ebook on a Kindle to be honest!

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    1. That’s good to know! I’ve not had the opportunity to try other readers… Kindle was just the first I purchased, and it’s still working πŸ˜‰ lol I think that’s a ringing endorsement for Amazon’s app! πŸ˜‰


  2. Well said. Publishing an ebook was my only realistic option and I’m very dependent upon readers who are willing to take a chance and shell out a couple of bucks. If the writing isn’t good, then they’re out three dollars and I’m out a future reader. I take their willingness to buy a copy very seriously, and it’s important — as you point out — that it’s accessible even without a Kindle.

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