The London Book Fair is underway again which makes it a perfect time to review the list of suggestions I presented to KDP last year.
The KDP reps at the Fair spent a great deal of time going through your list of suggestions. They asked for clarification at various points and I was able to follow up with them by email afterwards.
At the same time, a parallel effort led by Marie Force, Laura Florand, and Diana Peterfreund presented a similar list of suggestions at NINC in October last year. There were probably more such efforts too.
In any event, here’s the checklist, with progress (if any) indicated.
1. More Data! (see original request here)
A very common demand was for more data. While many agreed Amazon was unlikely to share traffic numbers (to our book pages), we expressed a hope that KDP could give us aggregated conversion percentages, sample percentages, and conversion rates on those samples. Anything really, we don’t get a lot of data.
Progress: Meh. We get a little more data now when we run Kindle Countdown promos, but nothing outside of that. And most of that is stuff we probably could have figured out anyway.
2. Coupons (see original request here)
Another popular request was for Smashwords-like coupons. We don’t have an easy way of giving free books within the Amazon system.
Progress: Fail. Amazon seemed to experiment briefly with coupons in December when giving free copies of Guy Kawasaki’s APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur to those who completed Nanowrimo. I had hoped this was a test for a wider roll-out of coupons but nothing has happened since. Continue reading