Good information and lots to think about in this article. In order to be part of Kindle Select and be involved in Kindle Unlimited, you have to cut your e-books off from other avenues like Smashwords and other e-book distributors. Each author must decide for themselves what route to take.

HOWEVER… this only effects e-books. Print versions of our books would still be available through Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.

Still e-books seem to be what’s popular with their cheaper price tag. So much to think about…

David Gaughran

amazon_kindle_unlimitedAmazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make.

The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below.

The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select – Amazon’s program which offers various additional marketing tools in exchange for exclusivity. Author compensation will be similar to borrows under the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – a percentage of money from a fixed pool. The only real twist is that payment will be triggered when 10% of downloaded books have been read.

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