From Obscurity to #23 in Amazon Kindle Paid Books

What happens when the rulers of a country ban a book?


A sales explosion, that is what.

Once the government of South Africa said they were going to ban this book, its ranking on the Amazon Kindle Paid Books list jumped to #23.

The President’s Keepers” was released on October 29, 2017. It is about the dirty politics of South Africa and a corrupt government, written by a person who has a ringside seat to the action.

The sub-title of the book is “Those Keeping Zuma in power and out of prison”. 

On the first print run, the publisher printed 20,000 copies. When it hit store shelves in South Africa today, it sold out on day one.

The South African government, more specifically the National Security Agency in South Africa, knee-jerked and made a public declaration that it was going to ban the book. 

This book that had been doing reasonably well  on Amazon shot up to #23 in the Amazon Paid Kindle Books Ranking on Friday (November 3rd, 2017).

If you love stories filled with political intrigue, you are going to love this book. Do check it out.

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What can we learn from this as book authors?

If the desire to read the book is strong enough, consumers don’t think $15.49 is not too much to pay for an ebook.

The perceived value of the book has to be higher than the perceived value of the money asked in exchange for the book. If the perceived value is there, the price does not matter.


Bill Platt
Ponca City, Oklahoma USA

The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Rest of Your Life

If you have been reading my stuff for any length of time, you ought to know that I “notoriously” do not write fiction. LOL

I also don’t read fiction, nor do I watch much fiction on the television (except for NCIS and Dr. Who)…

So, it should come as no surprise to you that I have never read anything written by Neil Gaiman…

However, I do know who Neil Gaiman is… He is one of those people who continues to influence me to see my role as a writer in a very positive light…

In May of 2012, he gave a commencement speech to the University of the Arts.

Do yourself a favor… Get out your headphones, turn on the sound, and give Mr. Gaiman twenty minutes of your time…

You will be glad you did!!

Bill Platt

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.