Kindle vs Smashwords Sales Report
Kindle vs Smashwords
I did an analysis on my ebook sales for 2014. These results may interest some authors, especially ones pondering whether or not to use KDP Select.
While my sales weren’t as large as I hoped they would be (they never are!), they were big enough to be able to make valid comparisons.
Revenue: Here the split was slightly different. Kindle accounted for 57% of the sales revenue while the Smashwords number was 43%.
The difference is due to a different mix of fiction and non-fiction book sales on the sites. My non-fiction books cost more than fiction books.
- Signing up my books for KDP Select would mean removing my books from the Smashwords distribution channels. This would result in the loss of a large revenue stream.
- There is no logical reason to assume that using KDP Select would increase my Kindle sales.
- If there are any increases in Kindle sales, they will never be enough to cover the revenue lost be disabling the Smashwords distribution channel.
- Based on these results, I cannot see any possible use of KDP Select for my publishing imprint.