I’m on a tear about Kindle products over these last few days… since the Amazon Kindle rules have changed a bit.
… And I had a reader who left a comment that needs to be answered.
Brenda is having problems coming up with ideas for Kindle products.
Let me back up a step…
I HAVE been sharing my progress regarding selling Public Domain content on eBay and then I started speaking about the recent problems with Kindle Public Domain products. This will confuse some of you… so I want to clear up some of the confusion.
Hey… some of you might be reading this and hoping that I’m not going to share your “niche” ideas that you have shared with me in private communications. I promise… I’m striving to avoid sharing anything that may jeopardize your business (or mine).
Also… I am not going to tell you that you need to be “rewriting” public domain content to make it unique. What I am speaking about is how to publish public domain content that you will be proud to publish and your customers will love.
One more thing to remember if you don’t live in the U.S. – you will need to jump through some hoops… Tax Information for Non-US Publishers
Remember that I said “Amazon and eBay” are different. The beauty is that we CAN sell on both – we just need to think about products differently.
->>This does not mean that you will not have to “re-work” the content. <<- Big difference between re-writing and re-working.
Re-Writing – means that you have changed the content so much it’s almost unrecognizable with regard to the original public domain content. This means you now have copyright protected content because it’s all original and you are the “author”.
You would never have a problem with publishing Re-Written content on Amazon.
Re-Worked – Clean that baby up until it shines! Make sure that your product is formatted to “read well” on a Kindle. You should add in “annotations” (I’ll cover that in another article)
Public Domain Content That You CAN Sell On The Kindle Platform
* You can sell “derivative” works – make enough changes so that you can call it your own.
* Publish content that is NOT already freely available on the internet.
I can hear it now – “But Debra – this is soooo much work!“ Pish-Posh… if this is to much work for you – you are in the wrong place!
Derivative work examples would be something like my books:
These are a lot of work… but “doable”.
Let’s talk about ideas for Kindle products that are changed enough to pass Amazon Kindle muster.
These would be much easier to create (still requires work – but not nearly as much as a complete overhaul – rewrite).
First… let’s look at what people want to buy (to read on a Kindle).
Look at how many books are available:
Now let’s look at all the categories:
I’m narrowing down to history here:
Narrow Even More to U.S. History:
Again – Narrowed down to Colonial History:
Sorted by Popularity (click on image to see larger)
Click here to see the Amazon Results For Today
The first book I see is about George Washington’s Mount Vernon:
Sales Rank Is Important To Notice:
This is actually a very good sales rank for a Kindle Book…
Now… Look and think about this book listing on Amazon - (It’s NOT public domain). What is this book about and why do the customers like it (read the reviews)?
Iconic Political Figure!
Sooooo….. What Could You Do With This Information?
We know that people are interested in this book because it’s about Early American Architecture.
1. I would spend some time on AbeBooks.com and/or eBay looking for a public domain book related to this subject that IS NOT already available for free on the internet AND is not already published in Kindle format. Buy the book, scan it and format it correctly and publish it on Kindle.
2. Take a freely available book and add in enough to change it (for the better) at least 30%. You might annotate throughout the book and update all the images to something current. If the book is about American architecture.. and has old images – why not use wikipedia to search for current images?
I am currently recommending that you add in “annotations” to ALL Kindle books… it will protect you because your work is now copyright protected… AND Amazon will pay you higher royalties.
I hope I have helped Brenda (and all of you) with a few helpful tips to find public domain products that you can sell as a Kindle Product.
p.s. Make sure you read up about how to Use the Golden 40 to find your niche topic books. This is something very few public domain publishers are using.
Click on this link… If you are looking for more information about publishing on > Amazon Kindle -<