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I'd just be happy with a stat showing the number of borrows. I'm aware that AMS was set up to sell other products (and paperbacks), and seems to have been retrofitted to ebooks and KU, so I'm not holding my breath.

I assume that 95% or more of people who borrow one of my books read through to the end. (I mean, assuming they've looked at the cover, read the blurb and skimmed the first chapter or two using read inside... what else do they expect to find in the novel that would stop them reading?)

But I'm the sort of person who will read a book to the bitter end 95% of the time, so that's my bias showing through.

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If say 50% of borrows, didn't read past 30%, we know the book sux.

I suspect my ratio may even be worse, but I also believe KU encourages a lot of sampling. If I buy a book, I'm more likely to power-thru, whereas bailing from a less than gripping KU download is easy. What I lose in KENP is possibly offset by improved rankings from the download itself.

But I take your point. Knowing where they bail could be instructive.
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But yes, I've not understood why they cant link an ad click to a borrow, and then to the reads for it.

It would show the effectiveness of AMS for KU which, if positive, you would think they would want us to know. Or, it might reveal the majority of KU downloads don't result in read-thru (and thus pay for the ad expense). If I was getting loads of downloads via AMS, but my KENP sucked, I might think again about using AMS. I would resist the idea that my books sucked, which would explain the poor KENP.

I've never understood why we dont have decent KU stats.

If we knew the how many people stopped reading a book in each 10% segment, we could figure out why, and either do something about it, or learn how not to do it again.

If say 50% of borrows, didn't read past 30%, we know the book sux.

But if 75% of borrows all bail at the 75% mark, and we know we put something around there which might upset people, at least we'd know we shouldn't have done it, and maybe can change it. And certainly not do it again.

While these stats might be a shock, they are the sort of thing which could be very useful for those trying to better all the time.

It's something we don't get out of sales. If most KU readers didn't get beyond 10%, we'd know something in the sample is hurting the book really badly. And fixing that might improve sales a lot. Or fix the lack of ad conversion.

Given how long KU2 has been out now, the lack of stats is just a mystery. Or, it says something Amazon don't want to get out.
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But yes, I've not understood why they cant link an ad click to a borrow, and then to the reads for it.

It would show the effectiveness of AMS for KU which, if positive, you would think they would want us to know. Or, it might reveal the majority of KU downloads don't result in read-thru (and thus pay for the ad expense). If I was getting loads of downloads via AMS, but my KENP sucked, I might think again about using AMS. I would resist the idea that my books sucked, which would explain the poor KENP.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sales are tanking?
« Last post by Shoe on Today at 03:32:45 PM »

Is it just me, or was the 15th once significant on KDP in terms of payment dates?

On the fifteenth Zon announces the prior month's KENP rate. The date also seems to coincide with a slow-down in stats reporting (less severe than when the royalty notifications go out on the twentieth--like today).

Then again, many report zero disruption on either date.
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But hey, wouldn't it be nice if AMS showed 'borrows' in a separate column on the advertising dashboard?

Borrows on the sales charts is what I'd like.

But yes, I've not understood why they cant link an ad click to a borrow, and then to the reads for it.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Sales are tanking?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 03:12:01 PM »
Back to the thread topic... On or about the 20th of each month when the KDP payment notifications go out, sales and KENP seem to nosedive for two or three days. Both are abnormally low for me this time of day, so I'd say it's begun.

I posted elsewhere on the forums that the 15th for me is like the Ides of Every Month.  My sales are usually around half the average on that day.

Now that I'm in KU, I was not surprised to see my page reads also took a hit on the 15th.

Is it just me, or was the 15th once significant on KDP in terms of payment dates? I seem to recall that it was the cutoff for accruing royalties, which were then paid at the end of the following month.

Now it's the end of the month and 2 months later, so the 15th shouldn't be relevant any more.

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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Beta Report Changed
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 03:06:39 PM »
Do you mean the Royalties Estimator, or something new? (The RE has been there for several months, btw)

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It would be nice to know they're reading, but as others have said you can bet reponses would have to go through a corporate filter of some kind. So, highly unlikely.

But hey, wouldn't it be nice if AMS showed 'borrows' in a separate column on the advertising dashboard?
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Amazon teacher store
« Last post by RPatton on Today at 12:30:46 PM »
As long as Amazon only partners with TPT and doesn't open it up to other "sellers" it might work. But the minute they open the platform up, is the minute bad actors invade in full force.

I don't think I'll hold my breath.
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