Sunday, December 18, 2011

Amazon's KDP Select Program Attempts to Squeeze Out Competition

For those authors considering Amazon's KDP Select program, this is their response to my question about NOOK and iPad versions.

"When you choose KDP Select for a book, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of your book’s enrollment in KDP Select, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. Similarly, you cannot offer a sample or teaser on any platforms. If you are an author or publisher you'll have the remove the book from sale from other sales channels to participate in the KDP select program."

Thus, Amazon confirms their intent is to squeeze out their competition. If you're an author or publisher my advice would be to steer clear of the KDP offer and hope Amazon doesn't insist in the future that you ONLY publish through them. I suspect, however, this is their ultimate goal. EJ

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