In mid 2019, Amazon released new updates to their KDP reports beta (which now appears to be available to almost all users). This is exciting news for anyone with books published directly on the Amazon platform. If you are selling your own books, you know first-hand how hard it can be to easily and accurately access sales data. And, as many of you know, this is the kind of problem we’ve been waiting for Amazon to fully tackle.
Well… hopefully this is it! In this post we’ll give you a quick overview of what’s new in KDP reports and how it could impact authors. The new KDP reports dashboard is still in its early stages but gives an easy-to-read overview of estimated royalties, daily sales, KENP reads, and more. Since the new KDP reports dashboard is directly connected to KDP, it should be the most accurate way for you to track your Amazon sales. Bottom line – the new reports include feature enhancements that are value-added to authors.
If you’ll use KDP Reports Beta, keep reading to learn more about:
- Simple, clear graphs display book performance by assigning each book a color of it’s own.
- The layout is beautiful and user-friendly.
- A royalties estimator that calculates the amount of money you are expected to earn this month by taking your past KENP payout rate into consideration.
- Authors can view Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library page reads by custom date and by book title.
- Overall, this enables authors to gain a more accurate understanding of how much money they’re making on books.
As you can see in the image above, this is the dashboard that will greet you when you visit the KDP Reports Beta website. From here, we can see our estimated royalties, sales, KENP reads, and our top-earning books. If you continue to scroll to the bottom of that page, you’ll also see…
The top formats (Kindle, KU, paperback) and marketplaces (the US, China, etc.) that book sales are coming from. Pretty cool, right?
Of course, there’s much more to the Reports Beta than what is included on the homepage. Don’t forget that on the left side of the page you can access an in-depth sales report, your KENP page reads, and a royalties estimator.
The Royalties Estimator is the crown jewel of this new interface. Currently, it is capable of estimating how much an author will earn in the current month. This page can be updated to estimate royalties from just one, several, or all books (even in different marketplaces or formats).
As this is a Reports Beta, expect even more updates and features to roll around to this dashboard in the future.
Let us know what you think about the new reports in the comments below!