If there’s one service for authors that I absolutely, 100% think is worth the money more than any other, it’s Book Report.
Because Amazon’s KDP reporting interface is the worst piece of shit I’ve ever seen from an online company (their affiliate program’s interface is a close second!) and Book Report just makes it so, so easy to get the data you need to make important decisions about what’s working for you, and what isn’t.
#1. The data shown is so, so useful
Data is one of the most important things in business. If you don’t know where your money is coming from, how can you make good business decisions? Before I had BookReport, I had a bunch of books in KU that I didn’t realize were only making around $2-5 a month in the program. So, as soon as their 90 days were up I took them out of KU and moved those books wide again. They’re now making in the $10-$20 a month range each, generally.
I mean yes, it’s possible to keep track of individual book results using the original KDP interface, or the monthly reports. But once you get a pretty big backlist of 50+ titles, it becomes really, really tedious to track every single book.
#2. The graphs are really pretty.
Not gonna lie, this is a major plus for me. I like to go in every few days and randomize my graph chart colour, just for fun. Not only are the graphs pretty, but they can give you a pretty good idea of overall trends. I mean, look at this one. With just a really quick glance, I know that one book has made about 60% of my money today, two books around 80%, and four books around 90% of my income for the day. What is this telling me? Well, in my genre, new releases are king. Release early, release often. My chart might look very different to someone who specializes in, say, WWI thriller novels. They might have far more of an even spread in earnings. But regardless, this chart pops up every single day when I click the book report button, and I automatically get a good idea as to where my money is coming from.
#3. I can’t imagine how they could make it easier to use.
Seriously. I have a link for Book Report in my bookmarks toolbar, I open up the KDP reports page and click it, and everything is there. And once you’re in the Book Report interface, there are four tabs that do everything for you. Four.
#4. It’s cheap
At $10 a month, it’s so affordable. I think it might be free for people who make under a certain amount of money a month, as well. Either way, the data they provide, in such an easy-to-read format, is worth the fee alone. I save literally hours of messing with Excel sheets every month thanks to the easy to read Book Report.
Anyway, if you want to try it out (and believe me, you should!) they offer a free 14-day trial. Try BookReport by clicking here now. This isn’t even an affiliate link or anything. They’re that good, I don’t even want anything from them for this promo. They’re that amazing.