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Amazon recently announced changes to its KDP policies, to make it easier for authors to earn higher royalties on their books by helping them sell more copies and, in turn, make more money from each book sale. So what are these new changes, exactly? What impact will they have on author revenue? And how can authors take advantage of the new policies? This article gives the latest information on Amazon’s KDP changes and their implications. If you’re an author or aspiring author, read on to learn how you can potentially increase your earnings under the new KDP policy.
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What Amazon Has Proposed
Amazon has proposed several changes to its eBook self-publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). These changes are part of Amazon’s ongoing efforts to protect authors and publishers from piracy. The aim is that Amazon can be more transparent and provide better guidance on how best to avoid making mistakes that might endanger intellectual property rights. It is important for all parties involved—authors, publishers, retailers, and readers—to understand these new policies so they can continue to enjoy the benefits from eBooks without harming anyone’s copyright or breaking any laws. Here we look at some of Amazon’s proposals relating to Content data; Restrictions; Rights metadata; and Risk assessments. As always with business decisions it is essential to understand what effects your actions have on yourself as well as your peers, partners, and clients; you may be required by law to comply with certain rules regardless of whether you have written permission from other parties. Therefore take time not only to familiarize yourself with these policies but also seek legal advice when necessary before going ahead with publishing your work as an eBook via Kindle Direct Publishing or if you plan on selling your books via bookstores around the world such as Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, etc.
Amazon has officially changed its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) policies for 2023, with implications for international territories. The biggest change for would-be authors is that rights to non-English language translations will now be held solely by Amazon on a per territory basis. Previously, rights were split 50/50 between author and publisher, with both able to offer translated editions. Now, only Amazon can do so—and it is free to set whatever royalty rate it likes. Some territories may be unaffected by these changes: Norway (Amazon’s home market), for example, already forces all eBooks onto a single platform (Google Play) regardless of language or publisher, using Google Translate as a fallback.
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How Will This Affect You?
As you may already know, Amazon is planning on making a change to its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. In short, they want books that are free to be no longer free and books with prices above $2.99 to sell for at least that amount. The reason they want these changes made is that they believe it will make people happy since a majority of authors will always choose their price points over 100% royalty. How well do you think Amazon has analyzed what effect their policy change will have? Do you agree with Amazon's new policies? Why or why not? Are there ways you can see either side coming out ahead? As more information about KDP policy changes becomes available, try to keep an open mind as you evaluate them from various angles.
So, What Can We Do About It?
Well, it’s hard to say. Many KDP users will likely accept Amazon’s new policies. After all, many authors are dependent on Amazon and receive a significant portion of their income from publishing on KDP. Not only that, but even if most people don’t like Amazon’s changes to Kindle Unlimited, they may not have many alternatives—it’s easy for them to adapt their strategy given that there aren’t any major competitors to offering an e-book marketplace today. However, though we can’t be sure what options authors will have once Amazon restructures its fees in 2022, we know at least one option is readily available now: self-publishing services. There are dozens of companies out there specializing in helping people publish books. By using such services, you can distribute your book yourself without having to worry about dealing with what were previously quite a few headaches (the biggest being pricing). In addition, many self-publishing services help writers submit books to retailers directly; so if you want your book published on both KDP and Apple iBook's (for example), these services should allow you to do so. Plus, self-publishing services offer distribution options similar to those provided by online stores like Apple and Google Play Books... All told?
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How New Author can Get the Benefit
To improve the quality of their books, new authors should stick to best practices and established authors. One way for them to do that is by joining book-specific Facebook groups and mailing lists (like these for romance authors or YA) where they can ask questions, receive feedback and learn from veterans in their genre. Most of these sites will allow you to subscribe with your email address and will send new threads as they arise. If a group has a private forum, you may need to request access first; once you’re approved, it’s worth bookmarking that page so you can find it easily later. As long as you take advantage of what’s available, there isn’t much cost involved—other than your time.