By having my stuff on Amazon, Amazon’s mighty enterprise became my shipper (they are very good at this), so the only place I have to ship my copies to is to their warehouse.
More importantly, as popular as my website may or may not be, it doesn’t compare to the traffic headed to Amazon to search for books and DVDs.
That means that even if they discount the book (good for sales), the discount is coming out of their half.
But it means you are only getting 45% of your listed price.
We have also decreased disrespectful attitudes toward teachers and vulgar language.
Kids are now more apt to sit down, calm down, think about what they do and set a good example.
For several years I’ve been producing books, CDS, and DVD in small quantities for small audiences. Or to use the apt phrase of Chris Anderson at Wired: mining the Long Tail, a place where the little that sells a lot is equaled by a lot that sells a little.
I’ve had numerous requests from readers for the secrets of getting their self-published material on Amazon.
Every book (in fact every version of a book) has its own number.
On its webpage Bowker requires you to purchase a minimum block of 10 ISBNs for 5; sign up here.
The two-hour book-on-film, produced by the Church of Scientology at Golden Era Productions, its film studio in Southern California, is available on DVD in English and 15 other languages.
The DVD has been placed in more than 86,000 school, public, national and academic libraries around the world.
In addition you pay for shipping books there, and of course for printing them, so the math does not encourage fortune making.