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I’m addicted to Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count!

on August 30, 2015

2016-07-26

As if it wasn’t bad enough that I have become obsessed with checking my sales figures on a daily basis, now Amazon Kindle have offered another way of driving my obsession. That is the introduction of seeing how many pages readers have read of your book via ‘borrows’ from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. I was confused initially as to how it worked and how to read the data, but it really is very simple.

I was rather pleased the other morning to see that over 800 pages had been read overnight. The great thing for authors is that one gets paid if the whole book has been read, but with several of my works out there it’s difficult to know. One just has to wait for the royalty cheque at the end of the month. But anything that helps to drive sales and those all-important reviews is no bad thing for authors.

These seemingly innocuous looking little graphs are like a drug that feed my desire to feel validated as a writer. I haven’t discussed this with those closest to me as I know they wouldn’t be interested and it has become my guilty little secret!

‘Well, don’t look!’  I hear you cry.

I know, you’re right of course. But just a little peek can’t hurt can it?

 

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