Every day self-published authors come to us asking whether they should sell their books on Amazon.
Because we offer book printing and fulfillment services at Acutrack, we see all sides of the equation. For most authors, Amazon offers opportunities. But it can come at a high price.
When considering where to sell and market your book, it’s wise to take a long-term view and investigate all of your options. Even though Amazon may sell more books than any other company, there are alternatives – and some of them can make you more profitable.
Amazon is one of the biggest online booksellers in the world, and it has become a go-to platform for people selling their self-published books. However, as an author and publisher, there are several reasons why you should consider not selling your book on Amazon.
The most profitable way to sell your book is directly on your own website. You can also sell it in brick-and-mortar bookstores or work with a book distributor who can get you into chain stores.
Finding an alternative to Amazon isn’t difficult but may take a bit more time initially. You’ll need to weigh the potential advantages against the time commitment required.
It also depends on what you want from your book project. If it’s primarily about sales and profits, you may be wise to consider your alternatives. If you’re less concerned about profits, Amazon may save you time.
In conclusion, while Amazon can provide a powerful platform for book sales, there are several reasons why you may want to consider alternative methods of selling your book.
By exploring other options, such as independent bookstores, chain stores, or direct-to-reader sales, you can retain more control over your product and potentially increase your profits.
Ultimately, the decision to sell on Amazon or not depends on your goals as an author or publisher and the strategy you wish to pursue.