I published my first eBook in March 2015 on Amazon, thinking it was a great idea.
Little did I know that in doing so I wouldn't be able to sell it anywhere else.
You see that's the problem, for anyone out there trying to make a living from selling their own eBooks you need to find your audience and spread your net wide at the same time.
The Biggest Problem Selling Your eBook Through Amazon
When you sign up to Kindle Direct Publishing, your automatically put on their select program which seems wonderful. All of those customers at your fingertips through Amazon. If only it could be that simple. You'll notice when you start inputting your eBooks details that at the very top of the page is a box with a tick in to include you on the Kindle Select program.
I recently decided to put my eBooks back on Amazon, so I unticked that box thinking it would take me off their select program and able to sell them anywhere I wanted (including my own website).
I was wrong, Even though I'd taken the decision to untick that box Amazon still put me on its select program.
Where Does That Leave Me?
That's a good question, because where does that leave anyone who has a blog of their own and wants to reach out to as many customers as possible?
As a writer I love the freedom of having my own platform to sell on as well as other companies to sell from. I don't mind taking 70% royalties, but what I do mind is the fact that I've been mislead by Amazon in thinking that I can untick a box and be automatically taken off a program I didn't want to be on in the first place.
By Saturday 26th November I'll find out if Amazon will allow me to sell my ebooks with them and on other platforms.
This is a subject I'll continue to cover throughout my blog. I'd love to hear if anyone else has had any problems with Amazon or any other publishing platform.