Amazon is shutting down its nearly five-year-old giveaway service in two weeks.
The retailer sent out an email today, informing authors and others who have run contests that the service is being wound down over the next couple months. The option to start a new giveaway contest will end on 10 October, and Amazon will end all current contests on 17 October. All outstanding prizes will need to be collected by the end of next month.
After careful consideration, Amazon Giveaway is retiring. Thank you for participating in the program. Our records show that you have credits from previous eBook giveaways. These credits can be used to create new giveaways until October 10, 2019 and customers can enter giveaways until October 17, 2019. You can also download any remaining eBook credits as Kindle claim codes from the Amazon Giveaway dashboard. Claim codes do not expire, and can be gifted through social media channels, or directly to fans, followers, friends, or family members.
Any unused credits that are not downloaded as claim codes will be refunded by November 30, 2019.
I heard about the EOL via KBoards and FB, and Amazon confirmed the news on its own site.
So tell me, have you used the service?
I never have, neither as a seller or a contestant. I've never found the offers appealing, although I do see that Amazon added Kindle ebooks as a prize option in early 2016.
What did you think of the service?