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The Amazon issue and the Kiss Chronicles ebook

June 26, 2013

I’ve been putting this off for a few months, but I’ve run out of fight on this subject: I’m going to make the Kiss Chronicles ebook available on Amazon.

The catch? I can’t post it for free. I have to post it for the minimum price, which is $0.99, and that’s the reason I’ve refused to put the book on Amazon before now.

This book is supposed to be free. Hell, it’s built into the story that the book is free — I’m going to have to add a special note to the Amazon edition to acknowledge the issue. I want the money going to charity, not into Amazon’s pocket or mine. But by not having the ebook on Amazon, I’m encountering headaches:

  • The biggest nightmare, limited accessibility: Several people I know have had horrible trouble getting the .mobi file (the Kindle format) that they download from Smashwords to work right on their Kindle devices. If people can’t access the book, they can’t read it. I want people to read it.
  • Lack of visibility: By not being on Amazon, the ebook has decreased opportunities for visibility and searchability. That’s just one more handicap that my book doesn’t need.
  • Reduced reviewability (not a word): Many review sites don’t accept submissions or requests for reviewing unless the book is available on Amazon.
  • Apologibility (really, really not a word): Time after time, people ask me whether it’s available on Amazon. And I have to keep saying, “no, I’m sorry.” I don’t want to have to apologize for that any more.

So I’m going to do this because Amazon is a Goliath, and I have to play its game. BUT. But but but. Butt. See, the thing is, Amazon strives to be competitive about pricing, so there’s a chance that, sometime after I post my book, it could bump my listing down to free because the book is available for free on other ebook retailer sites — especially if users complain (directly to Amazon, and I sincerely hope not in the book reviews). And I can encourage my readers to go to Amazon only if they can’t get get the Smashwords .mobi download to work.

So, what does that mean for the money? Well, until the book becomes available for free (if I can even get that to happen), I’m going to consider the $0.99 charge the Amazon Inconvenience Fee™ for readers with Kindles. I’d still like the readers to donate money or time to a cancer charity in exchange for the read. For my part, I don’t expect to make any significant, appreciable profit via Amazon purchases. If I were to make a few bucks, some pocket change, that would cover a small portion of my blog upkeep. On the off chance that I were to make some sort of significant profit, after Uncle Sam takes a cut for taxes, one of the first things I would do is finally give my cover artist a fair, flat price for her work, ’cause she originally donated her time with the understanding that the book would be for charity. After that, if more money continued to come in, I’d split the money 50-50 between blog upkeep and book-support expenses and cancer charity.

*sigh* Anyway, I’ll let you know when I get the ebook onto Amazon.

In much happier news, I’m delighted that I’ve had a guest post featured over on Dangled Carat (a blog on relationships, hosted by Hilary), with five fun facts about kissing: Your kiss, your kiss is on my lips…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hilary - Dangled Carat permalink
    June 27, 2013 7:08 am

    I am sorry that the fee charged goes against your goal, but I for one am very happy. I am dying, dying, dying to read your book and no matter how hard I try I have issues on Smashwords getting the book to my kindle. As soon as it is on amazon I will be one of your first purchasers!

    • June 27, 2013 9:15 am

      I am so sorry, and I HATE that it gave you so much trouble! Knowing the struggles that you had was the final straw that moved me to make this decision. I’ll start on formatting/tweaking the book for Amazon tonight, and I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live, which should be sometime next week.

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