For those of you who purchased the first edition of Sell Your Book on Amazon and are wondering whether it is worth buying the second edition, here is a quick rundown of the major changes. I already discussed in a previous post the cover changes, table of contents changes, and indexing changes — although none of those changes apply to the actual content of the book.
The first major change was Amazon’s migration from AmazonConnect to Author Central and how that affects methods for updating your bibliography, your author profile, your blog, and other features on Amazon. Some of those features previously existed in your Amazon account profile and others previously existed on the product sales page for your book, like the blog, for instance. With Author Central, much of the specific functionality geared toward authors was consolidated in one place. Does this mean you can focus solely on Author Central now, instead of your Author account profile? No, because Listmania, Guides, Reviews, your signature header, and other important elements of Amazon promotion still exist in your Amazon account profile. Author Central just means that now you have to keep two different accounts updated. Isn’t that nice?
The second major change involved Amazon’s launch of the Kindle and Amazon’s subsequent migration from their previous ebook system to their current Digital Text Platform system. Do I recommend a Kindle edition for every book? You betch’a.
Other smaller changes were made to bring the second edition in line with current Amazon guidelines and functionality. These include:
- minor alterations to the recommendations I make regarding reviews in light of Amazon’s guidelines changes
- minor alterations to the process for creating a Listmania list in light of Amazon’s guideline changes
- minor alterations to the process for creating an Amazon Guide in light of Amazon’s guideline changes
- several minor alterations to the Book Detail Page chapter in light of moderate changes Amazon made to the sales detail pages — mostly involving analytic information available for the book after it undergoes Search Inside scanning
- minor alterations to the procedure for using tagging and “search submissions” for promotion since Amazon has since migrated all manual search submissions into their tagging engine
- alterations to the BXGY promotion since Amazon no longer offers that to non-Advantage members
- minor alterations to the Publisher’s and Book Sellers Guide analysis since that page is largely out of date even on Amazon’s own site
That’s about it. So if you want to purchase the second edition of SELL YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON, click here.