Amazon offering authors Nielsen sales data, 5 Kindle Book Deals

First, for your Kindle, here are some good kindle book deals –

  1. The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich. Price: $0. Genre: Classics, Literature, Being Human. Rated 5 stars on 28 reviews.

    From reviews –
    This work is pure treasure and a great place for someone who wishes to begin reading fine literature to start.

    … it is the most profoundly human and tragic book you may ever read.
    One of the greatest stories ever told – this book can change your life if you take its ideals to heart.

    Yes this book is about the ultimate love (of freedom, belief, and life itself), but it is also about the ultimate struggle (that originates from precisely the same objects and subjects one loves).

  2. Horror, Humor, and Heroes by Jim Bernheimer. Price: $1. Genre: Short Stories, Humor, Fantasy, Horror. Rated 5 stars on 34 reviews. Listed in the Top Rated Books List and we’d also looked at one of his other books (Ferryman). An indie author who now has a multi-book book deal. This book includes 12 short stories and a novella.
  3. The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood by Kien Nguyen. Price: $2.99. Genre: Ethnic & National, Vietnam, Biography. Rated 4.5 stars on 73 reviews.

    … a powerful, compelling memoir of an Amerasian boy’s experience in Communist Vietnam from 1975, when the United States troops pulled out, until his family’s migration to the United States in 1985.

    His story, which recalls The Killing Fields, recounts a descent from wealth and comfort into the horrors of Communist rule. In painful detail, he writes of poverty, suffering, and torture, much of it inflicted on him precisely because of his Amerasian roots.

  4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Price: $3.96. Genre: Crime, Classic, True Crime. Rated 4.5 stars on 488 reviews.

    From a Review:

    … this is the genius of IN COLD BLOOD: It is a violent, unflinching account, sorrowful beyond belief (and made even more so because it’s true); but, in the hands of a master like Capote, it’s really hard to stop reading about this unfortunate family and their motiveless, pathetic murderers. This book made me sad, it made me shiver; but I’m glad I read it.

  5. Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand by Benjamin Carter Hett. Price: $3.03. Genre: Legal History, Lawyers & Judges. Rated 4.5 stars on 38 reviews.

    In 1931 the Nazi party hadn’t gained complete control of Germany and Hitler’s mad shadow hadn’t begun to complete plunge Germany in darkness. Han Litten had the Nazi party on the stand when four Nazi stormtroopers were accused and tried for attempted murder and assault. Litten did what would in retrospect be unthinkable by many people–he put Hitler on the stand.

The last one might be a bit heavy – It’s more about Law and Litten than about Hitler’s trial.

The Curtain has been Lifted – Amazon gives Authors Nielsen BookScan Data

This is pretty big news, courtesy Jacket Copy, and great for authors –

In a move to provide authors with a service their publishers have not, Amazon is making current Nielsen BookScan sales data available to authors on its site, the company announced Thursday.

Authors who have books for sale at Amazon, and are also signed up to use Author Central from Amazon, will start seeing sales data today.

… include nationwide sales information from Barnes & Noble, Target and other big-box brick-and-mortar retailers, from and from some independent booksellers. Nielsen estimates that BookScan captures 75% of print book sales in the U.S. retail market.

A wealth of information will be available including –

  1. Sales Data from Nielsen BookScan. It covers 75% of print book sales data in the US. It does not include ebooks.
  2. Break-up by State – This will have a lag of about a week and cover a 4-week period. Today, you might be able to see sales in each state for the period from November 1st through 28th.

Nielsen’s BookScan used to cost $100,000 a year or more in 2004 and is probably still pretty expensive – It’s an absolutely great deal for authors to get it free via Amazon.

There’s no way to explain how big of a deal this is and the huge impact it will have.

What gets measured, gets managed – Peter Drucker.

Authors suddenly have instant knowledge of how many copies they’re selling, where they’re selling, and how their sales rank changes with additional sales.

Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy writes –

By making Nielsen BookScan numbers available to authors, Amazon may be launching a new era in authors’ participation in selling their own books.

It’s exactly what Amazon wants – Authors to be able to figure out the effect of various factors on book sales and be as well-informed about book sales and sales trends as Publishers.

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