12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2012 7:30 AM by jamesfrombuellton
CaptnKrunch Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I am trying to gauge sales figures for a few iBooks in their final stages of production. I know the figures can vary greatly, depending on what kind of book you are selling, but I am hoping I can get some rough idea on sales from people.


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  • 1. Re: How many books are you selling?
    UtrechtDom Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    CaptnKrunch, developers are traditionally very stingy sharing information on how many apps or ibooks they are selling. I can tell you however, if you think you are going to get rich from selling books you made on iBookstore, you might want to add a second career . It is very difficult to find a book in the iBookstore as people can only search on titles or subtitles, name of the author, and ISBN number. There is no keyword search, which makes it very difficult to find anything in the store. You will have to do a lot of marketing with links to the iBookstore, in order to get the word out that you have these books for sale.

  • 2. Re: How many books are you selling?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Apple discourages talking about specific revenue.

     

    You may have better luck w/the google machine and searching for app store analytics, sales data, etc.

  • 3. Re: How many books are you selling?
    CaptnKrunch Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Good idea. I am lining up financing for a few projects (not just iBook, but they are a big part of it), and need to get some gague on how the iBook will sell. Good thing is we have a great team of social marketers, now hoping the book gets quick approval on bookstore ....

  • 4. Re: How many books are you selling?
    JoeScrivens Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    i'll happily give you my specific numbers. When my book was free it was getting 100 hits a day

     

    i made it $1.99 and i get 1 download a day :-)

     

    Natural Portraits - check it out :-)

     

    p.s. it took me 3 months to write my book. I made a balloon popping app in 2 hours. When it was free it got 2000 downloads a day, it's $0.99 and it gets 20 downloads a day.

     

    My book is 100 times better than my app - but them's the figures :-)

  • 5. Re: How many books are you selling?
    Gregg Mojica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have had odd sales- one day 250 books sold, the next day 4 books sold.  Is this normal?

  • 6. Re: How many books are you selling?
    janinefromleek Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    No, I think that is quite strange

  • 7. Re: How many books are you selling?
    Apaulio001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The 'now hoping for quick approval' but made me smile :)

  • 8. Re: How many books are you selling?
    Gregg Mojica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anyone have ideas how to get the word out about etextbooks?  Thanks!

  • 9. Re: How many books are you selling?
    CaptnKrunch Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    We are workngn on a massive social media blast. Depends on what your subject is, we have people posting in forums related to our first two books subjected, soccer and baseball, building relationships etc. get other people to promote your work for you.

  • 10. Re: How many books are you selling?
    Gregg Mojica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  Are there any sites that you use?

  • 11. Re: How many books are you selling?
    CaptnKrunch Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Mostly blogs related to our subjects, sports etc. trying to be pretty specific gettign interest in our subject, gathering twitter followers.

    Between myself and my business partner we spend half the time promoting the books and half the time working on them. You could have the greatest book in the world but if no one can find it....

    Now it only Apple would make the process to get books onto the bookstore a little less Kafka-esqu I would be a very happy person.

  • 12. Re: How many books are you selling?
    jamesfrombuellton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To: JoeScrivens (and anyone else who cares to answer)

     

    I had the concept of my iBook (waiting 5 weeks now) when the iPad first appeared, and wanted to do the book as an app. I soon found that (a) I did not have the skills to build iOS apps from scratch and (b) it would cost many thousands of dollars to hire someone to build it for me. So I gave up on the app idea. When iBA appeared in January, I got to work, wrote the iBook, submitted, and waited.

     

    I am still intrigued with the app idea, especially after reading what Joe wrote. I have been concerned since day one about how anyone is ever going to find our books, for the reasons that UtrechtDom describes above.

     

    What are the options for producing ibooks as apps now? Is there a simpler way so you don't have become an expert in iOS? Are the people and/or companies that will do it for you for a reasonable fee, especially if you already have it done as an iBook?

     

    Thanks.

     

    Jim.