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sejintenej

For those of you who sell via Amazon

For their Prime members (including those with a free short term Prime use) Amazon is "lending" books, magazines and comics for one month each. The list of such books is said to be changed regularly. I haven't noticed any of the Forum's authors this month but for the future .......

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/amazon#deal38192

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@sejintenej

Never having looked at the TOS details on the matter, I suspect it only applies to authors who join the Select program (i.e. they submit their stories to Amazon Prime where they only receive fractions of a penny for each page read). The problem with Amazon Prime, is that few authors are submitting books for Prime members to read for free, thus the selections are pretty hit or miss. :(

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Crumbly Writer

Never having looked at the TOS details on the matter, I suspect it only applies to authors who join the Select program


No, the Select program is different. If you choose the 70% royalty option, you're automatically in the lending library. A person who buys your book can lend it to people.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Switch Blayde

No, the Select program is different. If you choose the 70% royalty option, you're automatically in the lending library. A person who buys your book can lend it to people.

Those are different things. The "lending library" is limited to ONE other person, usually a family member, and is limited but given enough time for someone who doesn't start reading immediately to read it. It doesn't allow Prime members to read your book for free, as that's an author selected option (whether they want to release their books to Prime readers). That's because most of the major publishers—and the authors they represent—don't want anything to do with free book giveaways. If Amazon pushed the issue, the major publishers wouldn't allow Amazon to carry ANY of their books, essentially shutting down the entire Amazon book market. After all, who'd go to Amazon if you couldn't find the books you're interested in?

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