The awesome power of Amazon discounts


Four days ago, as chronicled here, I learned that Amazon put The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 on sale, with a healthy discount, bringing it down to $27.76 (still enough for free shipping).

At the time, zero copies of the book had sold on Amazon or CreateSpace in February; the sales rank reflected the single sale in January 2009.

Now, what a difference! Sales of the book on Amazon have zoomed up to…none. (And the sales rank has declined a little, not too surprisingly.)

Meanwhile, one copy did sell on Lulu, making the February total three for Lulu.

2 Responses to “The awesome power of Amazon discounts”

  1. Steven Kaye says:

    Did you send out any review copies? Maybe getting a writeup in Online or some other pub would boost sales.

  2. walt says:

    No, I haven’t–at least not so far. And such reviews wouldn’t appear for at least 3-4 months, given editorial cycles. (My experience with my last ALA Editions book, where review copies went out far & wide, has slightly soured me on reviews, particularly when I’d have to spend serious coin to send review copies out.)