Numbers are up again! eBooks last month were almost as high as they’ve ever been, and this month I had more eBook downloads than in any month since I started putting them up for free (nearly 3 years ago). As I noted on Twitter, not a lot of eBook sales… just a lot of the free downloads. Barring kindle “returns” I had 8 eBook sales last month: 1 novel (Cheating, Death, $5.99), 3 copies of my new zombie/Santa story, Last Christmas ($1.99 each), and 4 other short stories ($0.99 each), all on kindle. The only activity on Smashwords was 8 FREE downloads of Cheating, Death. My (estimated) total income from eBook sales (after Amazon’s cut) is $5.25, because apparently the paid download of Cheating, Death was from outside the US (ie: my initial Tweet estimate was wrong).
eBook downloads are up 11% over last month, which puts them up 87% over the monthly average across the first 3 quarters of 2010. Dragons’ Truth was up 28% over last month (which was a record high month); it was up over 200% beyond the average D’T downloads in the first 3 quarters of 2010. Almost all my free eBook downloads were up again in November, with noticeable bumps for Untrue Tales… Books 2 & 3, and for Lost and Not Found. It’s now fairly clear that the difference between putting the eBooks directly on my site for download and providing a coupon code to get them free through Smashwords creates ten to twenty-five times more downloads of each book. I’m looking into alternate models for 2011. Your suggestions are welcome.
Podiobook downloads were also up, all the way to … about August’s numbers? About a 37% increase over last month’s total downloads, with comparable relative changes for each of my 10 Podiobooks. My latest, Time, emiT, and Time Again, was completed in November, so I have “finished” numbers for it for the first time, below. Oh, and I have somewhere between 30 and 70 regular subscribers to the Modern Evil Podcast, though many, many more people download the backlog of (now 230) episodes, up to about 400-525 downloads per episode for those more than a year old.
Here are the eBook and Podiobook download numbers, as usual giving the total of eBook downloads, the total of Podiobook downloads, and the more-accurate (re: # of people who dl’d a full book) total downloads of the final episodes of each Podiobook, as: eBook/total-PB/final-PB
- Lost and Not Found: 150 / 755 / 35
- Dragons’ Truth: 237 / 648 / 63
- Forget What You Can’t Remember: 157 / 2,639 / 75
- Untrue Tales… Book One: 118 / 1,738 / 137
- Untrue Tales… Book Two: 126 / 1,896 / 114
- Untrue Tales… Book Three: 131 / 929 / 78
- Cheating, Death: 9 / 2,984 / 190
- Lost and Not Found – Director’s Cut: 0 / 219 / 29
- More Lost Memories (full): 0 / 451 / 47
- More Lost Memories (ind. stories, eBook only): 3
- Time, emiT, and Time Again (full): 0 / 2,609 / 133
- Time, emiT, and Time Again (ind. stories, eBook only): 1
- Last Christmas: 3
- Total for all titles: 935 / 14,868 / 901
- Total YTD: 6,334 / 200,314 / 13,580
- Total all-time: 14,756 / 380,415 / 24,699
Which puts me at giving away almost a thousand eBooks and a thousand audiobooks in November, and selling 1 novel and 7 short stories for a total of $5.25. And I forgot about the State of Arizona’s legislative change which means I suddenly owe the city $40/year for the privilege of doing business here (there was previously only a one-time $12 fee for the license), along with the $50 I owe the City of Phoenix for the same thing. Gotta make some more sales this month. Quick, someone go buy 10 copies of Untrue Tales… Book Four! You can totally gift eBooks through Amazon, now.