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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Series readthrough - how far can it go?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 27, 2020, 02:59:02 AM »
Readthrough is a bit tricky with my ten book series, because I also have three omnibus editions (1-3, 4-6, 7-9) and two 'megabus' editions with 1-5 and 6-10. Therefore, someone might read books 1-3, then get omnibus 2 and finish with Megabus two.

Having said all that, according to SalesScanner -- and based on pagereads alone -- the sellthrough from my first omnibus to the second is about 90%, and it's 100% from 2 to 3.

With the novels it's about 60% from 1 to 2, and then roughly 100% from there to 10. (Based on those figures I should be paying about $3/click for AMS ads...)

The megabus editions are only a couple of weeks old, so no relevant figures yet.



With my Dragon and Chips series, the first three books are a trilogy, and I plan to release the second three as a new, separate trilogy with books 1-3 instead of 4-6. That increases my footprint, which I think is what you were referring to.


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Marketing Loft [Public] / Series readthrough - how far can it go?
« Last post by Hopscotch on October 27, 2020, 02:35:21 AM »
For those who write longer series, say, 10 novels or more - how far does a profitable readthrough stretch after the first couple of books?  Ie, does book 10 pull in as much as 10-20-30% of your book 1 earnings?  Might several short series (3 books) in the same genre do better than one long series as ea short series offers readers a fresh start? :shrug
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Google Play promo codes
« Last post by Marti Talbott on October 27, 2020, 02:16:54 AM »
I haven't actually looked into this and how it works, but here's the email.

Dear Partner,

We’re launching a new marketing tool for publishers: promo code campaigns. Promo code campaigns can be used to offer select customers a free or discounted book without lowering your book’s list price in the store.

With promo codes, you can:

Offer discounts to customers in 75+ countries
Distribute free books to generate buzz or reviews
Create deals to integrate with marketing campaigns or event promotions
With promo code campaigns, you have three different discount options:

Free allows customers to redeem the book at no cost
Percentage off (ebooks only) allows customers to receive a percentage discount off the book’s list price.
Fixed price promotion allows customers to purchase the book for a lower fixed price.
After creating a promo code campaign, you can share the promotion with your customers via a code and hyperlink (URL) to the Play Store, where they can redeem the code. You can create up to 5,000 codes per campaign and up to 3 promo code campaigns per month.

Create a promo code campaign
For a step-by-step guide to creating a promo code campaign, see the Help Center.

Thanks for being a part of our publishing community.
The Google Play Books Team
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 27, 2020, 01:04:37 AM »

I'd never heard of dust resistant kbs, and I used to sell computers as well.

The biggest problem for kbs is not dust, but coffee and sticky drinks.

How long ago? This was 1989/1990.  We sold Casio cash registers, and the same distributor had Amstrad computers, which is how I ended up selling those.

Pre-2000. Might have been 1998 I last sold custom builds.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 27, 2020, 12:47:32 AM »

I'd never heard of dust resistant kbs, and I used to sell computers as well.

The biggest problem for kbs is not dust, but coffee and sticky drinks.

How long ago? This was 1989/1990.  We sold Casio cash registers, and the same distributor had Amstrad computers, which is how I ended up selling those.

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by Lynn on October 27, 2020, 12:24:16 AM »
I use a silicon cover on my laptop keyboard. They're great protection from spills and dust. Cleaning it is as easy as soap and water and letting it dry, then putting it back on. I replace it every few years when I wear off the letters with my typing. There are a wide variety for a wide variety of keyboards. Personally, I like how they make those awful chiclet style keys feel. It's a much nicer typing feel for me.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 26, 2020, 11:03:01 PM »
However, I'd suggest dust in the PC is a much bigger issue. In most computers the CPU heatsink (under the fan) is completely clogged, which means it overheats and throttles to a lower speed to protect itself.

Agreed.

Oddly, my current desktop has always been ON the desktop, and is still pristine inside.

Where every single PC box in the past has been on the floor beside the desk, and clogged up with dust.

I'd never heard of dust resistant kbs, and I used to sell computers as well.

The biggest problem for kbs is not dust, but coffee and sticky drinks.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 26, 2020, 09:18:17 PM »
When I used to sell computers, many years ago, you could get a moulded latex cover for some keyboards. (We used to install computers in bars & hotels, so spills were an issue)

Nowadays I have no idea whether it's a thing. I have a big air compressor and a spray nozzle, so when it gets too much I take my Corsair kb outside and blow the dust out.

However, I'd suggest dust in the PC is a much bigger issue. In most computers the CPU heatsink (under the fan) is completely clogged, which means it overheats and throttles to a lower speed to protect itself.

I blow mine out every couple of months, and the dust cloud travels across the next three houses in the street. When I did my friend's PC I think they issued a smog warning on the weather forecast.

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by Vidya on October 26, 2020, 08:31:48 PM »
There are now some keyboards in India that claim to be dust resistant:

https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08GXDMLNJ?ref=myi_title_dp

there’s even one that claims to be Anti-Microbial, that Contains Growth of Harmful Bacteria and viruses:

https://www.amazon.in/TVS-Electronics-Keyboard-Anti-Microbial-Contains/dp/B08GWXPQRX/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=TVS+Electronics+Gold+Keyboard&qid=1603673728&s=computers&sr=1-4

are the dust resistant ones really dust resistant? How? does it mean no dirt can get in between the keys?

I asked my computer tech and he said he only has the ordinary ones. He said there’s no such thing as dust resistant and it’s just a marketing gimmick.

Anyone ever used a dust resistant keyboard? How well did it work?
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Problems distributing to B&N via Draft2Digital
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 26, 2020, 08:17:31 PM »
Are you reporting them as spam?
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