A completely non-Fiverr issue here but one which I would be interested to see if anyone else has been impacted by.
A couple of years ago, I needed an ebook. I knew that the book I wanted was considered public domain. The thing is, I wanted a decent ebook version so I decided to pay 99 cents for one on Amazon. What I quickly realized, however, was that hundreds of ‘publishers’ were releasing public domain works on Amazon which had been run through an automatic ebook converter. The result? Completely unreadable books which just frustrate the hell out of readers.
So… I had an awesome business idea. I decided to start releasing public domain titles, the USP of which was that each was formatted to the same high-quality standard as an ebook published by a big publisher. And it worked! In fact, my public domain books averaged more in sales than my own books.
There is just one problem. Over the past few months, sales have flatlined. What’s more, I’ve just noticed that this is likely because Amazon has started collating reviews for public domain titles.
What this means is that when I look at one of my own or one of my competitor’s public domain ebook listings, reviews have no bearing on the actual book format being offered. Worse, in some cases, previews of books revert to the highest selling ebook formats, not those which are offered on the listings which are actually being looked at.
It’s really upsetting. Amazon has effectively just decapitated my niche! The only question is why?