With authors protesting right and left, the new payment terms for KDP Select are probably proving less popular than Amazon would like.
Amazon's decision to shift from paying authors each time an ebook is loaned in Kindle Unlimited to paying by the number of pages read by Kindle Unlimited subscriber is rubbing some authors the wrong way, but luckily there is a solution.
Indies Unlimited reports that Amazon is letting opt out of the program without a penalty.
The indie author world was aflutter with talk June 15 when Amazon announced it was changing the way it paid authors who joined the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program. The changes (which involve compensating authors based on the number of pages a reader completes) left some saying they wanted out of the program.
Amazon, having anticipated this, announced that authors who were unhappy could exit the KDP Select program early, if they wanted. Under the program, authors agree to sell their eBooks exclusively at Amazon.com for a 90-day period. Generally, if you violate the 90-day exclusivity, all sorts of woe awaits you (I give the exact details further down in this post).
Indies Unlimited reports that they exchanged emails with a KDP rep who told them that authors can opt out.
All authors have to do is follow the instructions on the relevant help page in KDP:
If you no longer want your book(s) to be included in KDP Select you may unenroll from the program bycontacting us with the ASIN of the book you would like to remove.
There's reportedly no deadline, and authors can list their ebook elsewhere as soon as they have received a confirmation that the title has been removed from KDP Select.
Not having a book in KDP Select, I can't confirm this first hand, so I would strongly urge you to confirm the details before taking any action. You don't want to pay a penalty for the bad info, so it's best to inquire first and get a policy in writing.
So tell me, have you tried to opt out? I'm not expressing an opinion either way, just curious as to whether authors can get out of KDP Select without a penalty.
Did it work?
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