I’ve had some questions about Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP); specifically KDP Select, and Kindle Unlimited. If you stick a book in Select, it’s automatically available in KU, but of course you need to be Amazon-only. For many authors, giving Amazon an exclusive means give up the cash they’re making elsewhere.
Amazon sent out an email this morning, saying that they were adding another $6 million to the March fund, making a total of $9.33 million. Some authors predicted that the borrow rate will be around $1.30 to $1.40 for the month for books at the end of March. With a further tip-in from Amazon, it will be interesting to see what it is. 🙂
Short ebooks make sense for KU
In KU, you’re paid when a reader reads 10% of a title, so many authors are publishing serials, short stories and short nonfiction in Select, to take advantage of this.
K. Matthew is conducting an experiment:
“The Experiment: Remove over 100 titles from all other retailers and enroll them in KU”.
Very brave, and a fascinating post. 🙂
Should you go Amazon-only?
That’s the question. If you go broad, that is, publish your titles everywhere, you can’t enroll your books in Select/ KU. It means delisting books you’ve published elsewhere.
Only you can make the decision. If you do opt to go exclusive, use Book Reporter, and watch your stats. A month isn’t a good trial. You’ll need to get stats for several months; three months at least.
My opinion? I’m lazy. My own books, under various pen names, get enrolled in Select, and I forget about it. Going forward, however, I’ll be going broad on all full-length titles, and KU on shorter ebooks.
We live in fascinating times. If you’re just starting out in self-publishing, write some short ebooks, and then give Select/ KU a try. You can publish bundles broadly later.
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