The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About

Another case of Amazon unresponsiveness. :/

David Gaughran

On Monday, I found out that some bug hit a German e-book site causing the reactivation of long-dead listings, including one of mine, putting myself and some other authors in breach of KDP Select’s exclusivity rule.

Amazon pounced into action and cancelled my Countdown deal which was scheduled for this week, screwing up a carefully planned promotion. And despite pledging to resolve the matter and restore the promo, Amazon has not done so.

I’m going to go through what happened in detail so you can be sure that I acted correctly at all points – because there is a lot of shadiness going on at the moment – but feel free to skim some of the details if you wish.

Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible had never been in Select, so I decided to throw them in for one term as an experiment at the start of July…

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2 thoughts on “The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About”

  1. What I don’t get is why the Zon is being so tone deaf about this issue. Sure, it’s not big enough to hurt their bottom line yet, but this snowball is only going to get bigger … le sigh … I guess the answer is, as usual, when one asks these kinds of ‘why’s’, 42.

    1. Simple: they have too much of the market. No one can compete, and many authors still earn more being exclusive with them than wide. Which means they have no real interest in their content providers, only the consumers.

      And we are back to a similar paradigm as we had in traditional publishing …

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