I enrolled the e-book version of Willowtree in Amazon’s KDP Select on March 1 for 90
days. That means I had to remove it from other sites it is offered for sale. There are pros and cons of doing this, which is why I studied other authors views and experiences with KDP Select before deciding on this 90 day experiment.
For those who do not know what it is, KDP Select is, briefly, a program for Kindle Prime members to get many e-books from the kindle library free, or at reduced cost. It also allows members to borrow books from others. A pool of funds from the program is split monthly among participating authors with sales.
Since my book is in the not-best-seller catagory, I am using this as a publicity campaign, getting the title at least visible to the thousands of Prime members. Prime members can get it free right now.
I had to remove Willowtree from Smashwords because of the exclusivity of KDP Select, one of the cons. I love Smashwords, and have actually sold more e-books there than at Amazon. Perhaps the biggest reason for Amazon requiring the book be their exclusive, is the competition from Smashwords. Smash is not taking it lying down, they have recently announced that their books will be listed at Baker and Taylor, which is a big step forward.
That allows their e-books to be available through blio, an e-reading app packed with
many new computers and devices. Also e-books will find their way into libraries much easier through B&T.
Smashwords is also holding a “Read An E-book Week(3/11-3/17).” Authors may enroll
their books, discounted, for some good exposure and possible sales.
I love Smashwords and, barring stupendous results in KDP Select, will return to the fold.