Before going into the details of the procedure on how to know how many copies a book has sold on Amazon, I think it might interest you to know more about this possibility.
Well, you need to know that you can get official information about the sales of a book on Amazon only if you have published it yourself through Kindle Direct Publishing (self-publishing). Alternatively, obviously in the case of publication via casa editrice you will eventually have to ask the latter (if possible).
If, on the other hand, you're going to try and figure out how many copies a book published by another person, I have to "curb" your enthusiasm a little: in this case, it is only possible make estimates, which could clearly be inaccurate.
However, if you want to investigate the matter, later in this guide I will examine an interesting solution that could at least allow you to understand what is generally the number of sales recorded by the book market in certain countries.
In short, if you are interested in the topic, as I imagine you have seen that you have arrived on this page, you can continue reading the tutorial. You will surely find information that is right for you. In fact, I will analyze both the possibility of knowing the number of copies relating to a book published by you than to get one esteem linked to the works of others. Good fun!
How to know how many copies your book has sold on Amazon
If you have done the publishing your book on Amazon, maybe following my guide dedicated to the topic, you can get the official sales figures related to your work in a very simple way.
In fact, all you have to do is connect to the official KDP portal via browser, press the button Log in present at the top right, enter theemail address and Password related to your Amazon account and press the button Log in.
At this point, click on the button Report, which is located at the top, in order to access the section relating to statistics. Perfect, that's it: you will see gods appear on the screen graphics which accurately show the number of sales (or download) recorded over time from your book.
In the case of a eBook and you have decided to join the program Kindle unlimited, below you will also see the number of pages read relating to your work through the latter. A little further down the table of royalty which shows how much you have earned from the various countries where the book is available.
By pressing the key Genera report present below, you can also get a XLSX document with all the data in evidence. For the rest, there are several at the top filters that allow you to select what data to show in the charts. More precisely, you can select the market involved, theauthor (in case there are books published with different names), the format (eBook or paper), the title (in case you have published more works) and the time period to analyze. Just click the button Update to obtain the data relating to the selected filters.
In any case, if you want to get a "summary" of what happened in the past, I suggest you go to the card Chronology, using the appropriate box at the top. By doing so, you will get gods data relating to the entire period in which you have decided to publish books on Amazon. Of course, you will be able to use the classics filters also in this case, as well as obtaining a “total” document, by pressing the button Genera report.
I remind you, that there are other miscellaneous ones at the top cards, or Progressive month, Payments, Reservations, Promotions, Royalty for previous months e Advertising campaigns. Through these pages you can check all the others statistics related to your book, going beyond the number of copies sold.
For the rest, you can manage the publication and modification of your books starting from the page library, accessible by pressing on the appropriate item on the top left. In short, using the official portal of Kindle Direct Publishing is a breeze and in this way you can easily get all the official data of the case.
In any case, you shouldn't reveal them to other people, if not obviously in case of need. It is in fact personal data, which is best to keep to yourself (you are still referring to a commercial project, unless books are published for free).
Finally, as already mentioned in the preliminary chapter, in case you have published on Amazon through a casa editrice, in this case the most valid advice I can give you is probably that of ask for information directly to those in charge.
In fact, it all depends on the way the publishing house manages the publication, but obviously only the people you have entrusted to they will be able to tell you if you can actually get official information and detailed about the sales made by your work or not.
How to know how many copies another book has sold on Amazon
How do you say? You would like to know the sales of someone else's book on Amazon? I'll explain immediately what you can do.
In this context, as you can imagine, obtaining sales data can be complex. In fact, unless the author has published official information online for some reason, it is difficult, if not impossible, to access this rightly confidential data.
However, there are obviously methods to be able to at least make estimates relating to the number of copies sold by a given book. In fact, there are many online third party tools who promise to deliver sales numbers purely indicative depending on ranking position achieved by a work in a particular country.
However, pay attention to the fact that many of the portals trying to estimate book sales in general they make gross mistakes. My advice is therefore to use the AMZScout website, which at least seems to provide plausible data (although of course it is impossible to verify, as sales of other people's books are not public).
In any case, the portal does not allow you to track the sales of a single book by entering its name, but is simply based on the BSR (Best Seller Rank) made public by Amazon, calculating roughly how many copies a book could sell in a certain position in one month.
I want to reiterate that this statistic it may be inaccurate, but it allows at least to understand at what level more or less a book is “traveling”. Obviously, take this data with a grain of salt and do not use it to "judge" the works of others, as it is simply about estimates you should keep to yourself, simply designed to make you understand a little the numbers "moved" by the market.
As for thecity, you must know that the market related to our country clearly has much smaller dimensions than other "key areas" of the world. To be clear, place a few hundred copies or get a few hundred downloads (even free) in the first month of release of the book is generally believed to be a good result for the city. In the USA, for example, the numbers are obviously different.
For the rest, keep in mind that the tool mentioned above does not distinguish between eBook, paper book, various versions of the work and cost of the latter (there are different rankings for free and paid books). In short, I repeat once again that the data provided must be taken with pliers and you should only consider them for yourself, for pure curiosity.
In any case, once you have reached the portal I indicated above, you just have to choose(or another country of your interest) in the section Select Country, Books in the box Select Category and number of position in Amazon's Best Seller Rank. After that, just click the button CALCULATE SALES to get one sales estimate from the book.
find the BSR of a book on Amazon, I advise you to proceed from PC. In fact, from this platform you just need to reach the page of a book, scroll down and take a look at the statistic Position in Amazon's Bestseller ranking. The number you will find here is what you need to enter as Best Seller Rank.
Pay attention to the fact that, using for free the AMZScout portal, from time to time you may be asked to wait some time to obtain information relating to sales linked to a certain position in the BSR (Best Seller Rank). However, if you are only interested in taking a look at certain positions, you will not have any "problems".
In short, now you know how to obtain indicative information relating to the sales of someone else's book, although obviously with all the "limitations" of the case.How to know how many copies a book has sold on Amazon