Whispers have been going around for close to a month now that Amazon might be considering dropping its requirement for exclusivity for any title in KDP Select, and now Amazon is adding fuel to the fire.
Daniel Slater, Amazon’s Independent Publishing principal, was speaking at the Ninc conferencePorter Anderson quotes him:when he was asked about Kindle Unlimited (I just now read about it).
Slater pointed out that Kindle Unlimited is “a very new programme” — launched in July, in competition with other “all you can read” subscription services Oyster and Scribd — and said that Seattle is watching KU’s development and reactions to it carefully. “It might be possible that we’d look at that,” he said in reference to the controversial exclusivity component of the programme.
Is that real interest, do you think, or is it just the usual non-definite answer one offers when cornered?
If it’s the later then I am guilty of following Anderson into clickbaiting, but if it is the former then authors are going to want to pay attention.
One of the chief objections many authors have with Kindle Unlimited (and Kindle Owner’s Lending Library before it) was that it required authors to forgo selling ebooks in other ebookstores. Depending on the market, that could represent a lot of money. And even without the money, many authors have a principled objection to offering any single retailer exclusivity and would love to see that requirement go away.
So do you think this quote is real?
And does anyone have more information on what else Daniel Slater said?