Moving books to Kindle Select

I’m thinking of moving my books exclusively to Amazon and enrolling them in Kindle Select. I’m not really selling anything in iBooks, I haven’t sold anything at all on Gumroad, and while I do sell a bit on Leanpub, I don’t plan on putting future books there after they made the $99 + VAT fee for them. With Kindle Select, that requires exclusive sales on Amazon, I can make promotions and such, so it is a better choice, I think.

It does mean that I can only sell in the Kindle format—which annoys me a little since it doesn’t support math and doesn’t have the layout I can make with PDFs—but I can make paperbacks to compensate.

Anyway, if you want a PDF or EPUB version, get my books now, because later today I am moving them to Amazon exclusively.

Birthday promotion

Today is my 42nd birthday. Help me celebrate by getting Object-oriented Programming in R for only $1 and the current draft of Meta-programming in R for free. On Amazon you can still get The Beginner’s Guide to GitHub. This will change at some point today but then I will start a new free book promotion right after, so if you want it free you might have to wait a day or two, but it will be free again.
So wish me a happy birthday, sing me a song, and leave a review of one of my books on Amazon or Goodreads.

Trying out Gumroad

I’ve put my books on Gumroad to see how that works.

Well, I’ve put the books that I haven’t sold or made exclusive to Kindle, so it is only plural for the smallest value of plural—I’ve put two books on Gumroad.

It is a little experiment to see how that works. Gumroad has many of the same features as Leanpub—I can sell books there, I can make the price up to the buyer—but they don’t charge me to put my books there. At Leanpub it is $99 + VAT per book—which for me is $124—and it doesn’t look like my books will earn that in the time between me putting up new books. My data science book did, Functional Programming just made it there, but Object-oriented Programming and Meta-programming are nowhere near.

Gumroad is not as focus on books as Leanpub, so there are some features I will miss—like having samples available, making it possible for people to regret their buy and return the product within 45 days, displaying the table of content—but those aren’t worth $124.

So if everything works out well, I will put new writing projects there. I won’t, of course, remove the books I already have on Leanpub, but for new books, I think it will be Gumroad.

I can’t as easily mark books as work in progress, but I will just use the book description to make that clear. They should still be updated every time I upload a new file, so the same features are there.

Anyway, I still need to finish Meta-programming in R before it becomes an issue, and that will take a few more weeks I think.