I Earned More From Medium in 7 Months Than Writing 8 Kindle Books

The Kindle books were written over around 5 years

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

I wrote my first book for Amazon Kindle in 2012. Within around 5 years, I’d written 8 books. I made a grand total of $4,500. It’s taken me just 7 months to earn that amount on Medium.

I love Medium.

Kindle books

For those of you that have written books, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s not an easy process. A lot of hard work can go into it. As well as writing the book, you need to edit it, get the layout done, and get someone to design a cover for the book.

You might also have to do some keyword research up front. You’ll definitely need to put some extra effort into getting the book listed. You’ll need a description that helps sell the book and will need to use specific keywords to help the book get found.

If your book is a success, I’m sure it would be well worth all the effort.

Think of doing that 8 times, which is what I did.


If I compare the above to writing here, it makes Medium feel like a walk in the park.

I can sit down for 30–60 minutes and easily knock out an article or two. I don’t need to do any keyword research. I don’t need to get a cover designed. I don’t need to write a description.

I just write the article, add a free image, add 5 tags, and click publish. Done.

Comparing earnings

As already mentioned, I made around $4,500 from my Kindle books. I no longer have a KDP account, so I can’t check the exact figure.

Here are my Medium earnings for the last 7 months — from November 2021 to May 2022.

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If my math is correct, that’s a total of $4,855.43. I’ve averaged just over $690 a month. If I kept that up for 5 years, I’d earn over $41,000—almost 10 times what I earned from my Kindle book.

This is why I’ll probably never write any books for Amazon Kindle again. I will, however write a few for Gumroad.

If you’ve written for Amazon Kindle and Medium, how do your earnings compare? My guess is that the majority of writers would earn more here. I could be wrong, though.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Kindle books I wrote, you’ll love these two articles.

Here’s How Much I Earned From Writing 8 Kindle Books

I Wrote A Kindle Book In Just 4 Days, With These Results

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