The Oddity Of Amazon Author Central UK

The Oddity Of Amazon Author Central UK

As I live in a country that does not have its own Amazon Kindle Store, my default store is Amazon Kindle US, so when I check my ebooks, it is always from their listings on the US store. As an author, I also naturally have my own Author Central page on Amazon, and from there I can check rankings and reviews. But quite by accident this morning, I made a very odd discovery. I went to my KDP Dashboard and

You Are With Amazon – Or Die

You Are With Amazon – Or Die

I have been doing a lot of hand wringing recently about moving all of my ebooks into Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, and by doing so, granting Amazon exclusive rights to my ebooks. I wrote about this in my last post, Should I Publish Exclusively With Amazon? Yet my dilemma is small fry compared to the decisions that major publishers have to make each time their distribution contracts come up for renewal with Amazon. The latest battle of the giants was

Should I Publish Exclusively With Amazon?

Should I Publish Exclusively With Amazon?

I have been self publishing for a very long time, well before the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007, so I think I have been around the block a few times. Over the years, and particularly during the last eight years, I have have had a love hate relationship with Amazon, and in particular with their policy of demanding exclusivity for enrolment in their KDP Select program. While I have been a firm believer in making my books, and ebooks

Why Enhanced Ebooks Are A Flop

Why Enhanced Ebooks Are A Flop

From day one of ebooks, there has been the expectation that they would develop quickly into more than just an electronic text version of a traditional book. Being an electronic data file, an ebook has the possibility to include images, video, audio, interactive maps and any number of other multimedia components that we all take for granted now when we access the Internet or use apps on our smartphones and tablets. So why do ebooks still look exactly the same as

With Age Comes What?

With Age Comes What?

With age, one is promised that wisdom comes, but in my case, this last couple of weeks has delivered a dose of inescapable reality. Wisdom perhaps may have arrived, well possibly; but it’s hard to know, as I am having trouble confirming the fact. Either in fact, or in writing. Let me explain. I received two books from friends in the last fortnight, and of course, I looked forward to reading both of them. However, when I opened the books and thumbed through

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