sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2011

Warning to rookie indie authors (Kindle Direct Publishing)

KDP Select (Kindle Direct Publishing Select)
I received a rather convoluted e-mail/announcement through my e-mail from Amazon.  It was directed to all of us authors who have our e-books with KDP -- Kindle Direct Publishing -- and are straining to get our works out there and selling.
The catch sounds wonderful:  If you give Amazon exclusive selling rights during 90 days in their book lending program you get a chance to share a fund of $500,000 set aside.
I live in a country so small that all rats can be smelled.  Therefore, I've developed the special sense to smell a rat.  And as in all contracts, there is a small-print or clause:
"When you include a Digital Book in KDP Select, you give us the exclusive right to sell and distribute your Digital Book in digital format while your book is in KDP Select. During this period of exclusivity, you cannot sell or distribute, or give anyone else the right to sell or distribute, your Digital Book (or content that is reasonably likely to compete commercially with your Digital Book, diminish its value, or be confused with it), in digital format in any territory where you have rights."
Any contract that binds you to exclusivity can be almost equated to eternal -- especially if you turn out to be good.  We had an exclusivity - eternal clause binding the Panama Canal to the US.  It took us sweat, blood and tears over almost a century to get it changed.
In the KDP personal page all our books have a new slot to opt-in.  My humble opinion:  Do not touch it!
BTW, thanks to Linda Prather for providing the clause in Book Junkies.
One last thought:  No business hands out money for free!

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