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Friday, 9 December 2011

KDP Select - Amazon wants exclusivity.

What's the deal with Kindle? They want exclusivity with our books, is this goodbye to Smashwords and other e-outlets? Will this 90 days exclusivity become indefinite?  

They only want our E version, our paperbacks can be available anywhere we desire (can't help wondering for how long). But we won't be able to sell our books ourselves from our own websites any more. 



This, of course, isn't conditional with Kindle Amazon. We can opt in or out.

Check out: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/KDPSelect

This is a decision most of us have been mulling over this week.

So, questions we need to ask:

  • How would it work?
  • What would we get out of being exclusive to Kindle?
  • Is it easy to opt out once we opt in?
  • Is copyright still ours?
Who's decided already? Who's still thinking? What are your worries about this venture?


Check out Linda Rae's post who seems very opposed to the idea: http://lindaraeblairauthor.wordpress.com/blogs/new-to-be-or-not-to-be-indie-the-amazon-lending-library-program/


Writers' Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/


The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/16/amazon-kindle-lending-library-contract-authors


So many people are talking about it, and so far no one has anything good to say about it. But in all honesty, no one knows how it's all going to work out. And if you've an ebook gathering cyber dust I say go for it.
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