So far, coming off of Kindle exclusivity has been a very painful experience. Not being on the Lending Library means my “borrows” have disappeared. A lot of readers were picking up the Wool series because it was free with their Prime account, which is factored into our standings on the charts. Even though the book is still selling well, I’ve seen a slide in rankings the past 10 days from the 60s to the 90s.
Meanwhile, despite receiving dozens of emails begging for a release on the Nook, the sales there are paltry. I’m not completely giving up hope, and will wait a few more weeks to see if things pick up, but if this holds steady, the Wool series will once again become a Kindle exclusive by the end of this month.
iTunes, amazingly, still hasn’t published the Wool Omnibus, even though I submitted it over two weeks ago! Amazon publishes in 12 hours. B&N gets it done in 24-48 hours. iTunes? I’m hearing from other authors that it has taken over a month.
That’s ridiculous. I feel awful for the iBook readers who’ve picked up the first four Wool stories and can’t snag #5. It’s been in Apple’s hands for two weeks. Amazon has really spoiled me (and by extension, you) with their turnaround time.
If you are pulling for the books to stay available on the Nook, stop by and leave a review. I’m going to give them this month to see if sales pick up, but I’m not hopeful. I think the discoverability over there doesn’t favor indies the way it does on Amazon. If you have Nook-toting friends, recommend a halfway decent read. Keep hope alive, people!