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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is a new library-like service where members have access to movies, Kindle books and free shipping for an annual fee. (One month free trial here)

Authors and readers alike are curious how this will play out, but so far there seems to be a lot of interest. I have enrolled one of my books, A Graceful Death, in the program which is called KDP Select. The initial period that an author, who has enrolled a book, is required to keep their book on the program is 90 days and the e-book cannot be for sale on any other site.

Note for authors: It takes several weeks to get your e-book removed from Smashwords.Com and Barnes and Noble. According to the Smashwords site, it may be a week or more before they remove an e-book once you have selected "Unpublish" from the dashboard. Smashwords then notifies Barnes and Noble and other sites, but it may take a week or more for it to be removed from those locations too.

If you have a Kindle, take a look at the program and try it out for a month, you may find it's something worth continuing. I'd be interested to know what Kindle readers think, please leave a comment if you've tried Amazon Prime.

I may enroll other novels, but I intend to see how this works out first. Meanwhile, look out for books that show Prime Members 0.00. The books that are available to Prime Members are still available for sale on the Amazon site so the only drawback for authors is that the book can't be for sale in digital form on Smashwords.Com or Barnes  and Noble.

You can sign up for your free trial and upload A Graceful Death here.


Candace said...

I don't have a kindle but if I had one I think the amazon prime membership would be worth it!

Just stopping by to say thanks for stopping by! :)

Helen Ginger said...

Hope you have lots of people reading and reviewing it and getting the word out!

Esme said...

I have an IPAD-and am going to check this out. The book you are currently reading looks good.

Rebecca said...

I love Amazon Prime! I get it free as an Amazon Mom- bc I buy diapers from them! I would fork over the money for it regardless...

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

I'll be following your experiences with KDP with interest Ann. I wasn't keen on taking my book off all other sites in order to participate in KDP. At the moment it feels too restrictive and a bit like bullying. I'd be very happy to participate in KDP...if I could keep my book for sale on other sites. I don't see what Amazon gains by making it obligatory for authors to remove their books from other sales platforms. Any thoughts on that?

Judy, South Africa

Cozy in Texas said...

Judy, I agree with you and I may not have tried it if I didn't have more than one book published. I currently have all my other books both on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.

Joanne said...

I chose KDP select on Jan. 3rd and let my book go "free" for the five days. I had over 1000 downloads, so folks have my book. What the heck! It's out there. I read J.A. Konrath's blog and it's all one huge crazy experiment.
Good luck on your book. I enjoyed it and I hope others do too.