Monday Kindle thoughts, few religious books

First, for your Kindle, here are a few free religious books, including two that were free earlier –

  1. More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins. Price: $0. Genre: Christian, Christmas, Family Relationships. Rated 5 stars on 5 reviews.
  2. What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? by Richard D. Philips. Price: $0. Genre: Christian, Theology, Soteriology. Rated 4.5 stars on 8 reviews.
  3. A Horse to Love by Marsha Huber. Price: $0. Genre: Christian, Horses, Horsemanship. Rated 5 stars on 1 review. This was free earlier on November 30th.
  4. Sophie’s Secret by Nancy Rue. Price: $0. Genre: Christian, Children’s Books, . Rated 4 stars on 4 reviews. This has been free twice earlier, including on September 1st.

Wonder when we’ll get free books in other genres. It’s already afternoon.

Quick thoughts on Kindle Store Sales Rankings

The Top 100 Bestsellers list represents the eBook marketing opportunity of the Century. Here are some quick thoughts –

  1. Getting into the Top 20 will quite often get you a place in the Top 10. Provided your book or app is good.
  2. The top 10 spots are the key prize. Get into the top 10, and unless your book is bad, you’ll see a long, profitable stay in the Top 100
  3. Preorders are almost always guaranteed to jump to the top of the charts – it’s because all preorders are counted as Sales on Release Day.
  4. If a book goes into the Top 100, is good, and priced low – It usually gets ‘stuck’ in the Top 100 for a very long time.
  5. If there were one thing indie authors should concentrate on – It’s getting into the Top 100. Main Top 100 List is best – A particular category’s top 100 list is a reasonable compromise.

There are only two sets of clues for the actual number of sales needed to get into the top 100 –

  1. Numbers of ebook sales of Decision Points, Freedom, and other bestsellers. These are 3 bestsellers whose ebook sales numbers are known.
  2. What various indie authors have written throughout the Internet. They often give details such as – Sold 53 books in a day, and hit sales rank #251.

It’s interesting how everything revolves around the Top 100 List. It’d be interesting to know whether Amazon’s ‘featured books’ see as much of a jump in sales, as books that hit the Top 100, and those that hit the Top 20.

7 thoughts on “Monday Kindle thoughts, few religious books”

  1. Re: Freedom:

    In Amazon sales it is 16th overall, and 1st in Literature & Fiction. Note that it has 263 1&2 ratings and 243 4&5 ratings. A definite split decision amongst readers – split between awful and good, with the margin going to awful. Only 75 in the middle with a 3 rating.

    I found it tedious, boring, and very unbelievable. Read a sample and reviews before you commit all the way. I am sorry I wasted my money on it.

  2. Re. “few religious books”:
    Unfortunately you seem to list too many, rather than too few.

    I cannot believe that almost half of all Kindle books issued have a christian religious theme, as this blog would lead one to believe. Selection bias, anyone?

  3. I don’t see where people are blaming you for what Amazon has to offer in the free line. Hey, since I share my account with some young readers I guess I would rather download the religous based books rather than the erotica. No parental controls makes me take a much closer look at what I am downloading now.I would like to get some more fiction type reading out of the freebies (even religous fiction), but just remember free is free and if you don’t like the free selection, buy a book you do like.

  4. It’s 1:06 AM and the Kindle newsletter just arrived. So much for free books – they already have a price attached. Very frustrating

    1. K Mahoney,
      The blog was updated a long, long time ago. The blog’s delivery on the Kindle is outside my control. You could subscribe via email or check via PC at around 11 or noon on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays – those are the usual free book days.

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