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Do you need to sign up for Amazon Kindle KDP Select?
Registering with Kindle KDP Select and getting Amazon KDPS e-book exclusiveness is always a pain. Recently there have been many discussions about the new Amazon features, Kindle Unlimited, which is available to writers who have chosen KDP Select. Allow me to begin by going all the way back to the beginning of KDP Select.
At the time when you were offering your e-book for free during the five-day three-monthly period, these freebies were scoring toward sells, thus increasing the sells standing and imaging of a book. Thats was enough for me in those early days to give my exclusiveness to Amazon, and I made a lot of sells from the rise in my ebooks' ranks.
Soon after the launch of this great advertising medium, Amazon cut the sale rating of an eBook from one give-away to 50% and soon thereafter to 10%. As a result, tenx the number of e-books had to be switched off in order to reach the corresponding rise in the retail rating. Meanwhile, the notebooks I had taken away from Smashwords, Apple, B&N and many other online vendors had all dropped their ranks and it took them two years to get back after I left KDP Select and was released on Smashwords again.
Kindle KDP Select's other annoying disadvantage was that although I had deleted my e-books from the Smashwords release, Amazon became a policeman because it kept emailing me warnings (bordering on threats) that my e-book was being sold at an arcane little merchant, and if I hadn't had it deleted, my e-books would be deleted at KDP Select.
New to self-publishing, you need to know that Amazon really wants you to stand up for them. Cause KDP Select is a swimming Pool Amazon struggles with. It is interesting to notice that in Amazon's advertising about KDP Unlimited, she says, over 1,000,000,000 e-books are available. That number is about the number of e-books inscribed in KDP Select and it was the same selling point, and almost the same number that it used when it was prime lending launched a few years ago.
Each of these work on a bundle of cash that is at Amazon's sole discretion every single week and then covered by some secretly secretive formulas that is always without secret, far below the license fee that you would normally get at your eBook's list upkeep. When I was a member of KDP Select, Prime made about half of a regular sales with a loan.
It was my judgment that it was in favor of Amazon, and certainly not mine. None of the main publishers I know of have signed up for either Prime Lending or Kindle Unlimited, but Amazon needs a swimmingpool of eBooks to fend off the competition. I' m saying it's another example of writers being used to combat Amazon's marketeer-war.
KDP Select is not only a campaign funds for e-books, but is also used as an instrument to punish writers who are publishing in KDP but refusing to join Select. In some Kindle stores around the globe, your license fees are halved. Do you want them published?
In my opinion, it is much better to open the publication as much as possible and not to give your copyrights to a publishers. So if you only release on Amazon KDP itself, would you be stupid not to be registered with Select, as your royalty will be doubled in some Kindle Stores, and what do you have to loose with KDP Select e-book leasing and subscriptionservices?
Well only about half your regular toll per e-book if it is loaned, rented and reread by anyone who pays $9. 99 per month, but only if they are reading more than 10% of your book. Now that' s the general principle, but as I learned in the past, Amazon's regulations can be changed over night.
However, I have to say that I am an Amazon and KDP fan and the great possibilities that the self-published writers have had. To get another look at Kindle KDP Select, you can see this Mark Coker story at the Huffington Post. There' s no right or false answers, except that you need to be conscious of what your book market is about.
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