Monday, November 21, 2016

The Problem Self Publishing With Amazon

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.

Read More About Self-Publishing: A Bloggers Guide: My Experience  so far Selling eBooks OnlineHow to Self-Publish on Kindle: 3 Simple Steps to to Publish Your eBook


  1. I went through the same thing with Kindle Select. From your bookshelf you can manage your KDPselect and uncheck the auto renewal which renews every three months. I experimented with taking all my books off KDP Select so I could publish on Smashwords and Kobo. Out of 4 books listed simultaneously on Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords I sold exactly 1 book on smashwords in several months. At least on Amazon KDP Select they were getting read occasionally. As a self published author of genre fiction, I found my best bet is to stick with Amazon. Now I am publishing my books in hardcopy with CreateSpace to extend my market to non-Kindle users.

    1. Thanks for your comment Christine. It's really difficult because Amazon has the biggest platform out there. I'm putting my ebooks back on Kobo and Nook Press as well. It's great that you can use CreateSpace to publish paperback copies to.