7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2013 11:32 AM by raines

    Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?

    goldenstatewriter

      My sales have declined by 50 percent over the last two weeks here on B&N. This trend is not being copied across other platforms (on Kobo it looks like they've increased by 200 percent, but there is a delay in Kobo's reporting so I don't know if my B&N sales have all gone to Kobo).

       

      I'm wondering did B&N do something that is driving my sales away? I realize it just could be the randomness of the market, these things do happen sometimes, but I've never seen this big of a dip in sales here before. And with all the screwing around B&N has been doing with their store the last several months, for no apparent reason beying spending money the don't have, I'm wondering if they've put more barriers between the ebook authors and our readers.

       

      It wouldn't surprise me if they did something that stupid, after all they just gave us Nook Press.

       

      So how about the rest of you? Have sales taken a huge nose dive in the last couple of weeks? Or is it just me?

        • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?
          J_Peltonen
          I'm sure it's not just you; summer can be a notoriously bumpy ride. Personally, the year started out poorly but the last few months have been slowly improving. July has had some of my best single sales days for months, in fact.
          • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?
            raines

            Yes, the last two weeks sales here have been cut in half but, Kobo is booming!  I wish I could have good sales on both at least one month :smileyhappy:

            • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?

              I think it depends a lot on the genre, but I do have to say my 3 previous summers saw a huge upsurge in sales, similar to the holiday season, but this year I'm experiencing the summer slump that I've seen others report in this and other forums. My B&N sales haven't dropped much, but they have definitely not risen after the post-holiday slump this year!

               

              My Kobo and Apple sales have dropped about 33%, but my Amazon sales have increased a bit. Each platform seems to sell more of different books for me. My data on that is so inconsistent that I couldn't tell you which genres sell more on which platforms. You could get better predictions from rolling dice, lol.

              • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?
                I've had steadily decreasing sales ever since they rolled out Nook Press. Mine are not getting any better.
                • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?
                  dmnelson

                  When I listed my first book (Murder Begets Murder) in May 2012, I immediately had sales. Since I was a new author it wasn't people "accidentally" finding it. B&N must have sent out a email (which I missed) about new releases. My second book (Deadly Favors) came out this June and zip. Since it's a second in a series, you'd think B&N would at least help out by notifying those who bought first. And yes, the first book's sales plummeted soon after Nook Press. 

                    • Re: Has anyone else noticed a huge decline in sales this month?

                      Here's my two cents worth:  When I uploaded my books in the summer of 2011 through PubIt!, as far as I know they went into the great cauldron of available e-books. I  could find them by searching via keywords or by drilling down through the B&N menus.   I sold just a few copies at first and they sales steadily climbed until February/March of this year.  At that time, sales just fell off the cliff, nearly completely disappearing after the launch of NOOK Press.  Now, when I try to find my books via the two ways I just mentioned, it appears to me that ebooks that are "self published" have been placed in a category to themselves entitled "NOOK book deals".  This category is poorly indexed and finding a category like "westerns" or "regency", etc. is not possible. 

                       

                      On the other hand, ebooks that are versions of "paper print" books, those books placed on BN by publishers  are still in the main group and are searchable both by the menus and by keywords.  Now, I have to say that I don't remember clearly if there was a "NOOK book deals" section in 2011 but there certainly is now and that's where my books have been moved to die a slow death.