John Locke ebook Amazon KindleI have to admit even though I am a bit of technology geek, I have been reluctant to buy a Kindle or any other electronic reading device. I am still a fan of ordinary printed books. While I regularly buy books from Amazon and have them delivered to Bali, I also enjoy browsing bookstores. I think it will be kind of sad if book stores close down in the same way CD shops largely have.

I only just purchased my first Kindle book. I don’t even have a Kindle reader, but Amazon have software which you can install on your computer. It was the title of the book that got me and I knew I just wanted to read it right away: How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months.

It was only $4.99 and most of the reviews were pretty good, so I thought what the heck.

The experience from buying the book online and making it available on my computer almost instantly is quite amazing and even though I am still kind of reluctant, I might even become a Kindle convert!

Ebook sales have now overtaken paper book sales on Amazon and the whole publishing industry is being turned on its head. It’s now possible for anyone to write and sell a book online, entirely cutting out the publishing phase, which is the barrier to entry for most new writers.

You might be asking what this has to do with Bali, but I know that there are many writers or aspiring writers living here. We all know that writing the greatest book in the world, is never going to sell, unless people know about it. “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months” helps to solve this problem by laying out a marketing plan how anyone can achieve similar results.

The tools that are used should be familiar to most people, Twitter and blogging, but it’s how this author uses them that are in my opinion quite original. While there are thousands of blogs and information on how to use Twitter for your business, I think what he says makes a great deal of sense and is done very succinctly without the usual bs. I also enjoyed reading his take on dealing with negative feedback and how he even uses that information in his business.

Even if you aren’t a writer, I think many of the ideas in the book can be used for marketing or even starting any kind of business.