Um, excuse me... what is exclusivity to Amazon?
Here's what's cool about it...
- Two promotional options: Kindle Countdown Deal or Free Days (up to 5) for your Kindle eBook. You may use only one of these options during every 90-day KDP Select period for your book.
- Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL). This is where readers can borrow your book at no charge but you still get paid (if your book is borrowed and read, of course). Your payment comes from a monthly lending fund that is split evenly among all of the pages read (KENP) across all Kindles worldwide that are part of this program.
- Kindle Matchbook. You may choose to give your ebook away for free or at a steep discount if a customer has already purchased the paperback. Incentive! ;)
- Updates and changes are easy to make and typically implemented within 24-48 hours within the US (it does still take up to 6-8 weeks for worldwide, but still... that's pretty impressive).
- When you do update your book files, especially the interior file, anyone and everyone who has ever downloaded/purchasded the ebook will receive an email update informing them that the book has been updated or revised. Those readers who ar interested will download the updated version.
- Amazon's ranking system and algorithms are mainstream enough to count for a lot but indie enough to figure out behind the scenes without having to be a coding genius. Some basic knowledge about keywords, categories, and
- Categories are not always what they seem (and may require some study/research). To get your book into more categories, simply call or email KDP customer support and... ask. ;) (Just make sure your categories are appropriate for your book; don't call them up and waste their time by asking them to put a thriller into the romance category.)
- Keywords can also be utilized in a strategic way. Use as many as you can without repeating any of them (so, for example, if you have already used "science fiction," there is no need to also put "sci fi") for best results. If you can, research your keywords as well (learning how to do this will also require some reading/Googling).
- Once you have uploaded and converted your files on your KDP account, you can download your Kindle file (a .mobi file type/extension) and use it as an ARC and free review copy. It can also be put into Calibre as a .mobi and then be converted to an .epub file with the click of a few buttons and minimal formatting issues.
Here's what sucks about it...
- You cannot offer your book for sale on any other platform.
- You cannot post a preview of more than 10% of your book anywhere.
- You cannot make your book free on any other platform, and you can only make your Kindle eBook free for up to 5 days out of 90.
- You're locked in for 90 days until it auto-renews... if you don't want it to, uncheck that box now! ;)
- Your readers who aren't on Amazon? They might miss your book completely! Aw =(.
- If Amazon makes program changes, you're at their mercy (and so is your book).
- There are lots of scammers and online marketers who practice shady self-publishing habits to play the system, so to speak. If you only have your books on Amazon and something crazy happens, your sales will stop completely. However, if your books are also available elsewhere, your sales won't see as much of an impact.
So... what do I do?
Whether you participate in the KDP Select program really depends on you, your preferences, your books, your readers, and your skill set or ability to outsource. You know me... I like to learn everything myself, but not everyone is built that way ;). If you are, though, head on over to Teachable and check out my new online course:
No Bull! Self-Publish Your Kindle eBook in 1 Week for FREE
I hope to see you in class! =)