Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve just written a pure blog post, but I felt the need to do so now. There has been quite an uproar in the Kindle world over the Page Flip phenomenon. For those who aren’t aware of what page flip is:
Page Flip is a reimagined Kindle navigation experience that makes it easy to explore books while always saving your place. Page Flip is available on select Kindle E-readers, Fire tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS and Android.Save your place
Want to reference a chart or map on another page while you’re reading? Page Flip “pins” your current page to the side of the screen when you swipe away from it to explore other parts of the book. Tap your pinned page to instantly jump back to it.
Get a bird’s eye view of the book
Looking for a picture or a passage you’ve highlighted? Zoom out to get a bird’s eye view of the book and quickly find what you’re looking for.
Go ahead, explore!
At a glance, easily recognize specific pages as you jump around. Pictures, charts, your highlights, and the layout of each page are easy to see with Page Flip’s pixel-accurate thumbnails that automatically adjust as you change your font and margin settings.
Page Flip is available on millions of books, with more being added every day. On the Kindle eBook Store page for a given book, look for “Page Flip: Enabled” in the features list.
Sounds pretty amazing, right? The problem that some Indie authors have been finding, however, is that with Page Flip enabled they haven’t been getting accurate reports on their page reads.In fact, some have even report no page reads on individual book placed in KU. You could see how this could be a massive problem. Without page reads, and with exclusivity to Kindle, authors could be losing out on the very blood of their business that allows them to continue working. At the end of the day, whether we write for passion or for monetary gain, we are a business, and must act that way. The decision on whether this practice hurts the author has to be addressed either way. What did I do, then, to weigh in on this? I experimented.
I’ve got an amazing formatter, E-Book Builders, who happens to have a service for her authors to disable Page Flip. Not only is she the only formatter I have come across offer such a service, she does it right, and I’ve got the numbers to prove it. Gotta send all sorts o love to her for allowing me to try this and show the work. You’re the best, D!
I uploaded brand spanking new versions of my books of the Lost Series: One Hour Girl, Scarred, and Phenomenal, as test subjects on April 13th, 2017. It took about 12 hours for Amazon to upload the new copies and have them available for update and download.
My numbers on April 13th, so you can see.
Ok, so on April 12th you could see I didn’t have very many page reads, the day before I uploaded. On April 13th, I had a spike, and it tapered by April 14th. For those who needs some numbers, look here.
I then had a taper off, as will happen, and then a spike again this weekend. What I can say, the numbers for these particular reads jumped up the MOST during the spike. That is to say, the books without Page Flip were where my KNOLL/KEN page reads were from. What’s the answer to the question on Page Flip then? Don’t do it. Contact a formatter (I love mine, but I’m willing to share E-Book Builders with EVERYONE, and have to shout out Beyond Def Lit for sending me her way to ensure I had the best product, on top of cleaning my words) to make sure your book is getting everything it deserves. Look, this is your business, your readers, and your life. Take it by the horns with the same exuberance you jumped into Indie publishing. You won’t regret it.