By Derek Haines on Just Publishing Advice:
Why you should consider going wide in self-publishing
I have written before about the pros and cons of Amazon KDP Select but let’s talk about the advantages of going wide in self-publishing.
For many authors, it is a difficult choice to make, as, on the one hand, Amazon is by far the largest online book retailer, but it demands exclusive rights to ebooks to be able to gain access to Kindle Unlimited and a few promotional tools.
While many authors opt to self-publish exclusively with Amazon and do so successfully, there are many others who dislike the lack of independence it demands.
These authors understand that having all your eggs in one sales basket is restrictive, and if something goes wrong, everything goes wrong.
The ability to access multiple sales channels, to be free to use a range of pricing strategies and be able to access a range of promotional tools and opportunities is attractive to those authors who value their independence and see self-publishing as a business.
While it is a given that book sales on Amazon often make up a high percentage of an author’s income, there is no need to cut off this income stream to be able to go wide in self-publishing.
Stick with Amazon, but don’t be restricted
Amazon places no restrictions or draconian rules on self-publishing through its KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) service, other than what is noted in its standard KDP Terms & Conditions. As long as you don’t enrol in KDP Select, you are free to offer your ebooks in any manner you choose. There are, of course, no restrictions at all on print versions.
The only difference will be that the Kindle ebook version will not be available on Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL), and 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico will not be applicable.
However, apart from these few restrictions, a Kindle ebook published via KDP will be available for sale on every Amazon store and marketplace and will show alongside the print versions if they are available.
In other words, you can leverage the selling power of Amazon, but be free to open new sales and income opportunities.
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