6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 17, 2011 10:44 AM by geatdanemomDT

    Nook Sales vs. Kindle Sales?

      I can't quite figure out why some books take off in one store and not the other. I have a friend who sells roughly 8 copies of her book on B&N for every one she buys at Amazon. Mine are the opposite. My thriller The Righteous has sold a total of 27 copies total on B&N since it's release on February 5 and sells over 150 copies a day on Amazon. It is ranked #215 on Amazon and 29,014 on B&N. I have 134 reviews for my various books on Amazon and not a single review yet on B&N.

       

       

      The funny thing is, I'm a B&N shopper. Shouldn't it be the opposite? My friend owns a Kindle, but can't manage to sell anything on Amazon. The only thing I can think is that I received some positive reviews on some Kindle review blogs and this started the ball rolling, but surely this is not the entire answer.

       

      And these aren't two isolated cases. Look at the bestseller lists on each store. Mostly different from top to bottom.

        • Re: Nook Sales vs. Kindle Sales?
          ABthree

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          Welcome!  :smileyhappy:

           

          Yes, that is curious. 

           

          There's a ton of anecdotal evidence like yours suggesting that Nook readers and Kindle readers are different, but aside from device, I can't figure out for the life of me what makes them different.

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              I would think offhand that it has more to do with how you get sales, rather than who those sales are to. A few more customers initially for one store leads to more reviews and ratings, and higher popularity, which makes people more likely to find your book by browsing, which quickly sets up a positive feedback mechanism. Word-of-mouth provides some overlap between the two stores, but even there I would expect that friends of Kindle-owners are more likely to also own Kindles, and friends of nook owners are more likely to own nooks.

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                  That's what I was thinking at first, and I'm pretty sure that what crossover I have comes from word of mouth, rather than any sort of association at B&N, because there haven't been enough purchases to make that kind of association. But it's not as much as I would expect. There are currently sixty-one people reading my book on Goodreads; these have to be almost entirely Amazon purchasers. If B&N sells 1/3 as many copies as Amazon (picking a number entirely out of my hat), then I would expect over time the numbers would become closer and closer as the initial push from one was offset in the other. Then maybe add 10-20% to one or the other to account for different search algorithms, etc.

                   

                  But this isn't what seems to happen.

              • Re: Nook Sales vs. Kindle Sales?
                John_Gaffield

                I to am a bit puzzled with the difference. One reason may be that you can have free books available at B & N, fed by Smashwords, but not as easy to have them at Amazon. I have two short stories available for free at B & N, but none at Amazon. The free short stories do allow people to become aware of your work without having to purchase anything. I know readers can download samples, but they need to be aware of the book first.

                 

                Since I have two full length novels available, I am curious about the difference in sales. My first book seems to be selling better at B & N, while the second book is the one selling better at Amazon. Not sure if it is a demographic difference or what. Also, this month's sales have been better at B & N than Amazon, though my board postings are about the same. Last month was totally different. Just a few thoughts anyway.

                 

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                  This is a problem that has me stumped too.  Last month my women's fiction series sold three times better at Amazon than B&N, but so far this month I have sold twice as many eBooks at B&N.  I have no idea why!  I spend an equal amount of time on the message boards for both websites and haven't had any outside publicity that would benefit one store over the other.  It's so weird!  As long as I'm selling books though, I won't complain too much. :smileywink:


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                  • Re: Nook Sales vs. Kindle Sales?
                    geatdanemomDT

                     


                    MichaelWallace23 wrote:

                    I can't quite figure out why some books take off in one store and not the other. I have a friend who sells roughly 8 copies of her book on B&N for every one she buys at Amazon. Mine are the opposite. My thriller The Righteous has sold a total of 27 copies total on B&N since it's release on February 5 and sells over 150 copies a day on Amazon. It is ranked #215 on Amazon and 29,014 on B&N. I have 134 reviews for my various books on Amazon and not a single review yet on B&N.

                     

                     

                    The funny thing is, I'm a B&N shopper. Shouldn't it be the opposite? My friend owns a Kindle, but can't manage to sell anything on Amazon. The only thing I can think is that I received some positive reviews on some Kindle review blogs and this started the ball rolling, but surely this is not the entire answer.

                     

                    And these aren't two isolated cases. Look at the bestseller lists on each store. Mostly different from top to bottom.


                    I went and read the reviews at Amazon, they are very good. I bought the book, thanks.