5 Reasons You Should Write an Amazon Kindle Book

More Kindle books are sold than traditional paperback/hardback books on Amazon. Let that sink in for a moment…

5 Reasons You Should Write an Amazon Kindle Book

 

In May of 2012, I published my first Amazon Kindle book. I haven’t touched it since and yet I continue to earn royalty payments from Amazon every single month.

My wife was so curious, she decided to do the same. At the time she had yet to earn any money from her blog (she had been blogging less than 6 months).

She took her passion and wrote it into a Kindle book. With no audience, less than 100 people on an email list, she instantly began to earn money from that one book month after month.

While it doesn’t earn thousands of dollars every month, she loves getting extra spending money once a month from an effort she took once.

1. Because of the impressive statistics on the Kindle.

There are some pretty amazing statistics that go along with the Amazon Kindle. Once I did some research on this, I was convinced without a shadow of a doubt that I need to put some effort into this. Consider these facts:

  • The Kindle Device is the #1 selling product on Amazon.com (let that sink in)
  • Amazon.com is the largest online retailer in the world
  • More Kindle books are sold than traditional paperback/hardback books on Amazon
  • In December 2011, more than one million Kindle devices were sold PER week!

Those are some impressive stats for sure. This piqued my curiosity and caused me to buckle down and write a book for the Kindle.

2. Because you can benefit from Amazon’s existing traffic.

If you have been following the state of SEO at all, then you know that many people are frustrated with Google. In an effort to try and serve up better search results, many people believe Google has done more damage than good. Luckily, both Bob and I have not been all that affected by the changes so far.

That being said, we could easily become the victim of the next update for sure. It is a good idea for you to diversify your traffic if possible. One way to do this is by taking advantage of the existing traffic that is already on Amazon!

You do not have to worry about Google changes, SEO, or even getting backlinks. Just write epic content! Of course, there are some promotion strategies you can do to produce more sales. However, you will get sales just by having a Kindle Book listed on Amazon.

3. Because you can dramatically increase your brand awareness.

As a blogger, you want to put your footprint everywhere. This takes some time to do, but it can be an effective strategy. Have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Amazon. Inside your Kindle book, you can place links to your blog, product or mailing list.

I will be talking about this in coming days, but I used the KDP Select Program on Amazon to achieve 744 downloads in 24 hours! Majority of those readers are brand new to my blog and message!

4. Because you can provide amazing social proof to your blog audience.

You can also advertise your Amazon Kindle book on your blog or mailing list. It is amazing what this can do to sky rocket your credibility with people.

Publishing a Kindle book is not difficult once you know what you are doing. It is free to add books (currently), and you can upload your book in a Word Document.

Yet, I have received so many emails from friends and family who are just amazed at what I have done. They jokingly ask for my autograph. Amazon has a great reputation with people. When you publish on Amazon you can gain credibility, as well.

5. Because you can make some extra money each month writing about your passion!

I am sure you thought this should have been mentioned first. Well, it is no mystery you can make decent money publishing on the Amazon Kindle. While it does take effort to write a Kindle Book, you can get paid for your effort for months to come.

I have a friend who has 4-6 Kindle books live on Amazon, and they earn him between $1,000-1,500 monthly. Another friend has grown his Kindle book revenue to nearly $40,000 a month. It’s staggering to think about (of course, your results may vary).

Keep in mind these books are much shorter than a traditional book, which is 60,000- 80,000 words. The lower priced Kindle books average between 6,000-12,000 words. Again, my hope is to share more details with you in the near future. My goal today is to get you thinking.

Question: Do you have a book idea you’ve been holding out on for quite some time? Comment below and let us know about it.

    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      OK, I am convinced. I need to start getting to it. Thanks for the push. :-)))

      • jmilligan

        Hi Susan. I didn’t say you have to 🙂 I’m just sharing the reasons that made me want to write Kindle books.

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

          LOL, I realize that, but it gave me a good reason to put it on my todo list.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I’ve recently been thinking about writing a book of Ice Breaker questions based on one of my weekly blog posts. Several other ideas are swirling in my mind as well.

      • jmilligan

        I know what you mean Jon. I have at least 5-10 Kindle book ideas on my Idea Bucket List. I’m just trying to tackle them one at a time.

    • http://twitter.com/homewithcarol Carol J. Alexander

      I have published 4 ebooks so far in PDF format with meager sales. Just this week I took a webinar on publishing with Kindle. So today I took the one I thought would be easiest to re-format and tweaked, made new cover, and uploaded. Didn’t like how it looked so I saved to draft. Will try again tomorrow. Would love it if you shared more “how-to’s” in this area, Jonathon. Maybe your techniques will be more helpful than the other guys’.

      • jmilligan

        Thanks Carol. I plan on writing some more thoughts even this up-coming week. It is something I have spent quite a few hours on myself. Of course, I am learning new things as I go. Look forward to sharing more soon.

    • DukeTaber

      Perfect Timing Jonathan. I have a book I am currently working on. I was thinking of publishing on SmashWords but did have Amazon on the back of my mind as well. I already have 20,000 words. I wasn’t aware that their books were smaller. As always you publish great tips and I never feel that when I get an email from you, that it is just another pitch to sell something! Blessings to all of you!

      • jmilligan

        Wow, way to crush it! 20,000 words is an amazing start. Yes, I have a strategy of breaking down my book (40,000 words) into a series of 4 Kindle Books (10,000-12,000 words each). I’ll share why in the days ahead, but essentially you can make one of your books free for 24 hours with the KDP select program and get 1,000 or more downloads in 24 hours. If you have links to the rest of the series in the book, people will go on to buy the others. That is my strategy anyways. We shall see how it works.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I have a couple of ideas that have been marinating in my mind. I just need to get them out and into the store. Will love to hear about your experience and how it went.

      • jmilligan

        Thanks Joe. Already working on sharing more insights about my process. Stay Tuned!

    • ReasonDisciple

      I actually have 9 Kindle books on Amazon. I am about to release the 10th one on June 19th, 2012, which is about Fellowship and Unity in Hip-Hop Ministry. Before I release it though. I am taking down 5 of the first older books and revising them for later releases as second editions. All my e-Books are written to my target audience of Christian Hip-Hop artists who want to be more effective in their music ministry in the church, in the music business, and in the underground scene. Here’s a link to all my e-Books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_seeall_1?rh=k%3ARicardo+Butler%2Ci%3Adigital-text&keywords=Ricardo+Butler&ie=UTF8&qid=1326516888

      • jmilligan

        Thanks for sharing your experience so far.

    • http://www.lightandlifebibleministries.weebly.com/ Christina (Tina) Morley

      Thanks for this post! I’m looking forward to reading more on the subject. Before I saw this in my inbox, I was on another blog site reading the topic: What I’ve Learned from Selling an E-Book at this site:

      http://www.sbryant.me/2011/04/26/what-ive-learned-from-selling-an-ebook-sarah-mae-from-like-a-warm-cup-of-coffee-tells-all/

      I think you’ll find it informative.

      Wishing you all the best with your e-book.

      Tina (my e-book on Amazon Kindle is called Happy Moms, Happy Homes)
      My blog based on the book is at http://happymomshappyhomes.blogspot.com

      • jmilligan

        Awesome. Glad to hear it. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.vernier Josh Vernier

      Great information! I’m in the process of writing a book on Strength & Conditioning for Parkour. It’s an area where there is very little information beyond a couple blogs and forums, so I want to be able to get good, useful information out there. I’ll definitely use Amazon to get my book out there when I’m finished with it!

    • jmilligan

      Awesome Rebecca. Yes, I will be sharing more in the days ahead. Thanks!

    • jmilligan

      Thanks Joy. You have taken a great first step. Sitting down and writing a draft takes a ton of discipline. Most people never get there.

    • Jonathan Milligan

      Wow, that is awesome dude! Good stuff…

    • http://www.facebook.com/michellebwilliams7 Michelle B. Williams

      Hi Jonathan- juts found out about this article based on a posting on a Carnival blog- where it was featured. Seemed perfect timing after I watched Ryan Deiss Kindle Challenge vid- thanks for the inspiration- cheers

      • Jonathan Milligan

        Awesome, thanks Michelle.

    • Marquita Herald

      I have two books on Kindle and I’m about to publish my third. I’m adding my comment because after reading the article and comments I wanted to raise the flag to make sure anyone who’s now tempted to rush out to get a book published on Kindle understands it is not a case of publish it and the buyers will flock to buy. Besides the fact your genre will make a difference, there is a LOT of work involved on the marketing side – don’t believe me? Just head over to Amazon’s Writer’s Cafe and read some of the posts by experienced writers to get a taste of the real world. I’m not trying to discourage anyone because I love getting those payments from Amazon – just want to make sure that everyone understands it’s true what they say that writing the book is often the easy part. Good luck!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curt-Bizovi/1114065214 Curt Bizovi

        Yes, publishing in the Kindle marketplace can be an arduous process, and niche selection is still the most important aspect. Providing quality content that has been properly proofread and edited is also overlooked by many, but doing it all correctly can help the self-publisher look like a player in the industry.

        I’ve published quite a few books under a few pen names. Here’s one of those pen names…

        http://www.amazon.com/Roger-Thatt/e/B008C89B84/

        Good luck…!

    • shafinbest

      Jonathan,

      I found the article listed in Google Search. Thanks for the info. I also watched a video about it which said something quite similar. Actually, writing for Amazon Kindle has been a good, compelling & promising business for many since the opportunity started.

      Yes, I have a book idea. It would be related to Health. Please pray for my success. Will of course let you guys know about the results.

      Thanks,

      Ibrahim Kamrul Shafin.

      • Jonathan Milligan

        Awesome. Good luck to you my friend!

    • http://www.facebook.com/judy.montel Judy Montel

      GREAT post. Couple of questions: I’m in the midst of a standard novel – does it HAVE to be shorter to be on Kindle? Also, I’ve been investigating various self-publishing avenues and was under the impression that SmashWords function as a sort of agent, and that publishing with them will get your book on Kindle as well as other outlets – anyone know the scoop? Many thanks for the inspiration and encouragement.

    • Kristen Panfil Rulli

      This is exactly what I needed to hear! I have been “holding out” – ok, a total lie, because there is no interest in any agencies wanting to sign me – BUT, it COULD happen, right? Guys, right?? My debut novel is title Memories of Dancing Elephants and it is the journey of a newly-married English couple that travels to India on a missionary trip in 1939. The young bride is taken with India -its vastness, its beauty, its culture – and with an elephants trainer, Jai. They begin a torrid affair amidst the threat of War and on India’s journey of independence from the Royal crown. #mode

    • Gayle Parish

      how about a book of short stories.. I have a varied collection of these which I’ve thought about putting into a Kindle book… while I finally finish at least one of the three novels I’ve started… do short story books sell anymore?