Google as much as you want

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Just another update from me and a couple of things that have happened over the last two to three weeks.

I am aware that I have been silent of late–almost from the moment I announced I was starting to write book 5 of Alex Cohen, Cuban Heel. Instead, I have used the opportunity to let you know about various free and cheap book collections which I’ve been involved with. Well, the first thing for me to say is that my intention is to reduce the number of these collections I offer you because I am not going to be including my books in them as much as I used to. If this is the main reason you subscribe then I won’t take any offence if you unsubscribe immediately. You will miss out on all sorts of things, but other writers’ discounted books won’t be one of them.

The second, and more interesting item at least for me, is that I have withdrawn all my books from sale on Google Play. This happened in the same week as Google changed its terms and conditions for writers and I’d like to explain what went down. Until the week just gone, Google had the right to discount the price I set for any of my books, a practise which the other major retailers did not do. They price match but they don’t spontaneously take the price of your book down.

At one point in the summer, Google had discounted the price of Bowery Slugger in Australia and then Amazon did a price match to the Google-invented price. The only way I could get Amazon back on track was to pull Bowery Slugger from Google sales. Then Amazon did another price match and took the price back to where I wanted it set. Because I was sick and tired of this happening, I removed my books from Google earlier this month.

The same week, like I said, the company changed its terms and decided to behave like all the other retailers and only price match. At some point in the future I will revisit my decision but so far the search engine giant has cost me money due to reduced royalties from Amazon Australia sales. As background, I get 35% of a $0.99 sale and 70% of the $1.99 and above book fees.

To put this in perspective, I receive about 97% of the cost of the book when you buy direct from my website because I only have credit card transaction fees to pay. This is why I mention my website so much when I talk about my books–and it is the only place I can easily offer discounts to friendly folk like you who receives my newsletter regularly.

What is the point of this ramble? To say I’ve left Google and to give you the context as to why I’d prefer you to buy direct, if you are comfortable receiving books from me via BookFunnel.

Enjoy.

Leo

8 thoughts on “Google as much as you want”

  1. I understand and the books you write I’m sure are for pleasure but also as a job. What is a job for but to make money! It makes sense to encourage readers to buy directly from you and I will certainly do that. I will also pay attention to other writers that encourage this. I’m a RN for Veterans Administration and love the veterans dearly but can’t take care of them for free. Analogy complete. Haha!

  2. As is mine but I have a home to run. Love your writing! Keep up the great work! Wii be doing reviews which I know is important.

  3. I TOTALLY agree with your decision to leave Google!!! I have their phone and plan but they are now interfering with what I want to do online, with my phone! So, I downloaded DuckDuckGo which has caused some confusion in my phone (it doesn’t like being told that Chrome is not the “King” for internet but a lowly prince, Lol!!
    Keep up the great work and look forward to your next book!!!

  4. I heard from another author yesterday and he was having problems with Audible. Might be another marketing place to avoid. He said that audible gives people up to a year, 12 months, to return a book and it is costing him money as he is losing royalties. Take care. I don’t purchase from google play anyway. so it will not affect me that you have dropped them. I love to read and won’t let anyone get in my way for finding good books. Keep writing and I will keep reading. Thanks for being you.

    1. I’ve heard the same about Audible but I’m not quite in the right place to create audiobooks just yet. And thanks for your support.

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