When I offered my novel, Shadows in the Stone, for sale on Kindle (Amazon.com), I was given the choice to enrol it in Kindle Select. I didn’t know a lot about the program but opted out of using because it didn’t sound good to me.
The basics of it is:
1) Enrol your book in Kindle Select exclusively. Which means if you have your book for sale anywhere else on the Internet, you must remove it before your book is entered into the program. Period. From what I understand, you can’t even sell it on your own website.
2) Lock yourself into this commitment for three months. Locked. Three months. No going back.
3) Your book enters into a borrowing program (I believe at a reduced price) which is supposed to increase downloads. But remember, it’s still listed with thousands of other books, so the competition is still there.
4) For two days during this three month period, you get to offer (think giveaway) your book for free. The idea is that thousands of people looking for a (free) good book to read will download your book and move it into a higher sales standing which should turn into more sales after two free days have passed.
The number one reason I chose not to enrol is because I hate limitations. Why would I willing accept to limit the sale points of my novel?
This morning I read another reason why Kindle Select may not be in the best interest of writers. D. D. Scott of The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing used recent sales numbers to make her point. To learn more, check out There are a Bunch of Nook and iTunes Readers Waiting For Your Books!!!
What do you think? Have you enrolled your books? Was it as successful as you thought it would be when you compared new sales on Amazon with loss sales in other networks? Would you do it again?
Coming Soon: A Short Story by Diane Lynn McGyver