The Chosen + KDP Select

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I really despise what Amazon is doing with this KDP Select thing. However, I do realize that since KDP Select, my sales for The Chosen have taken a major nosedive. Therefore, as an experiment I’m going to enter it into the program to see if it can help bring new life to the novel. I’ve already pulled it up from Smashwords (which was heartbreaking) so Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, etc. should all be pulling it from their shelves in the weeks to follow.

And so my love-hate relationship with Amazon continues…

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      KDP Select is the program Amazon is using to monopolize the e-book world. As an author/publisher, you sign up to this program under the contract that Amazon has EXCLUSIVE rights to your ebook. You can’t sell it anywhere else including your own website. People will be able to borrow the book for free if they’re an Amazon Prime member and Amazon gives you a small piece of the pool of money ($600,000) for each borrow you get. You’re sharing this pool with other authors and you don’t know how many authors there are in this program at any given time. Amazon also gives you 5 days to set your book for free. With all of those freebies, people are loading up their Kindles without a second thought and sales have been tanking for just about everyone who’s gone indie.

  1. I didn’t know much about the KDP Select program either. Thank you for the information. It’s actually quite scary. I’m still rewriting my book, but it’s good information for the future.

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      It really is scary. I honestly hate having to join it, but if it’ll boost my sales then I suppose it’s worth a shot…

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      As of right now, I don’t know of any other viable alternatives for indies. People sort of expect us to readily hand out our books for free and unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the best option to get our name out at the moment. And it is a shame, really. We work just as hard, if not harder than authors who get picked up by the major publishers.

  2. Now that the big six have pulled out of Amazon, Amazon is forcing small pubbed and indie pubbed authors to sign with KDP Select. Since January, all sales have died due to the programme. Many authors are giving up due to being forced to give away their books. It’s unfortunately a war in publishing right now. The only thing to do is keep going and brave it.

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      Amazon is evil. But there isn’t much we can do right now… Yet anyway.

      Thanks again for that post! Much appreciated. ^__^

  3. I have a love-hate relationship with KDP Select right now myself.

    Although, my book’s rank is far better under KDP Select than it was without it.
    My overall sales have not suffered going exclusive with Amazon.
    In fact, I am actually selling more per day, thus far than I did with Smashwords.

    I do believe though that after the 90 days are up, I may choose not to re-enlist my book.
    KDP Select will hopefully help me create more of a fanbase for my own work due to the advertising you get with it.

    I am sure in the short run, The Chosen, will benefit from being on KDP Select.
    The long run? Well…that may be a different matter entirely.
    The Stygian Conspiracy has already been on the program for about a month.
    I’ll let you know how it does overall once the 90 days have elapsed.

    -Kodai

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      Oh really? I can’t wait to try it then. I’m still waiting on Barnes and Noble to let go of The Chosen. They’re starting to get on my nerves. Every other place has taken it off their shelves, so to speak, except them. Ugh.

      Yes. Be sure to tell me what you think of of KDP Select!

  4. Oh I know how you feel,

    B&N really tries to hang on to ebooks.
    I don’t know why, but it takes them at least a week or two after notification to take it down from their website.

    I’ll let you know how I do with KDP.

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