An open letter to @AmazonKDP on giving authors our DRM options back #amwriting

Dear Amazon,

You’ve made some changes recently to your Select program. You’ve added the Kindle Lending Library (awesome), the Bonus Pool (awesome, if you’re a big-seller), and you’ve added the count-down deals with promotional pages (awesome).

You still require exclusivity (not so awesome), but I guess I can understand the reasons behind that; or I would, if you’d give authors the right to change their DRM options.

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The short: Many authors would consider going Select / Amazon Exclusive if you let them make their books DRM Free after previously publishing the book as DRM enabled. 

The long: When Kindle was new and KDP young, DRM was the only option. After that, it was unclear how DRM affected things like sales, user-book ownership, compatibility with other devices and the ability for people to buy books on Amazon as mobi files and then convert them to epub, pdf or other. Many authors, myself included, now have books that are stuck with DRM.

I have 19 books published at KDP, 16 of which are stuck as DRM.

I would move ALL MY BOOKS into Select tonight if you would let me change them to DRM free.

Why? With DRM no longer a problem, I could encourage epub and pdf lovers, or those with other reading devices that don’t support the Kindle Ap, to go to Amazon, knowing that once they bought the Mobi there, it would be theirs to do with as they please – including convert, load, side-load, etc. Yes, I understand this opens my books up to being pirated or shared, but that will happen anyway. It doesn’t slow them down. It just makes the non-technical people who don’t want to use the Kindle ap unable to purchase my books from Amazon.

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Don’t you want people buying all their books from Amazon?

Do you realize, you are one of the last remaining vendors that only allows purchasers to get one format (mobi) , while other vendors allow purchasers to select alternatives like epub and pdf?

Did you know that a good many authors would be more open to going exclusive with KDP Select if they knew all their readers could easily read their books?

So, please, consider it.

Sincerely,
A KDP Author

p.s. Oh, and if you’d also consider allowing us to price our books for FREE without having to price-match, jump through hoops or otherwise harass your Tech Support team (love you guys), that would be awesome, too!

Review: Evolution – Hyperscape Project book 2 by Donald Swan #scifi #adventure

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Evolution
Series: Hyperscape Project
By: Donald Swan
Sub-Genres: Action Adventure

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Rating: 4 Stars

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Evolution is book 2 in the Hyperscape series, and it’s another great, fun science fiction adventure story. It begins a few months after where book 1 leaves off, with Nick Bannon now Admiral of the fleet as they battle the bio-mechanical Mok’tu. Arya is now the recognized Asirian queen. At first I was worried she would be relegated to the side because of this, but Arya isn’t one to allow herself to become a inactive character. My favorite character, Karg, has a strong storyline in this book, and Sirok is in it as well.

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Series review: Earth Ship Siren science fiction romance #amreading #scifirom

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The Earth Ship Siren (aka ES Siren) series by Momentum publishing includes three novella-length books written by three different authors. I will be reviewing each of the three books separately, in order. They all center around life aboard a space ship heading away from a dying Earth and towards a colonization planet. On board the ship are military personal, private citizens, and prisoners selected for their skills or for hard labor. Each book is a stand-alone, each has a different story to offer on board the Siren, and each did so with varying degrees of success.

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Review: Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott <<4 Stars>> #amreading #scifirom

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Escape From Zulaire

By: Veronica Scott
Sub-Genres: Action / Romance

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Rating: 4 Stars

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I greatly enjoyed the setting for this story. The planet Zulaire and its people resembled modern India in several aspects, including dress, religion, mannerisms and caste system. The caste system, and the mythology/history surrounding it, was a neat part of the story, and also acted as the center of conflict which moved the story events forward. The world building was exceptional and was the main reason I enjoyed reading the book.

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Review: In The Devils Nebula by Anna Hackett <<5 Star>> #scifi #adventure #romance

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In The Devil’s Nebula
Series: Phoenix Adventures (Book 2)
By: Anna Hackett
Sub-Genres: Adventure / Romance / Treasure Hunter

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Rating: 5 Stars

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I’ve read one book previously by Anna Hackett – The Time Thief, and I remember enjoying it. I haven’t read the first book in The Phoenix Adventures series, but after reading In The Devil’s Nebula, I’ll be back-tracking and reading it (At Star’s End) while I impatiently wait for book 3 to be published. It was that good. I loved it.

Although I do recommend reading book series in order, I didn’t find myself lost or confused by starting with book 2. In The Devil’s Nebula is a wonderfully written space adventure full of treasure hunts, history, excellent world building, fun characters, assassin fighters and intriguing mystery. Oh, and there’s also a great romance! These are all the things I love to read in Science Fiction Romance, and that’s why it’s earned the 5-OHMYGAWDMOAR-Stars rating.

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Read an excerpt from Violet Haze, coming soon to the Corwint space opera series

Violet Haze – Caleb’s side-story

 

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In Violet Haze, we follow Caleb’s path to emotional self-awareness during the time period surrounding the Mechatronic rights movement. The events begin thirty years prior to the start of the series, and will follow Caleb all the way to his reawakening by Jenadri and Trip in Book 3, Tracing The Stars. His struggles to understand Organic emotions and the fight for equal recognition among Organics collide as he falls in love with Violet and learns of her connection to an underground Mechatronic movement.

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The street outside Franklin’s shop was vacant, the marketplace a block over nearly just as empty. Eyes followed them as they boarded the bus in silence. One expression held judgmental anger, but most held unexpected compassion. It was clear, from the whispers Organics forgot Mecha were quite capable of hearing, that the citizens of Easton were both appalled and unhappy with the rioters’ actions.

In a daring move, Caleb met one woman’s eyes as he openly took Violet’s hand in his. The woman’s gaze darted to the hands then back up to Caleb’s face as he let the expected wall of indifference fade. His bold statement was awarded by the woman’s smile. The whispers he heard as he left the bus, hand-in-hand with Violet, uplifted his hope that things would improve, despite the horrible actions of a few.

“Caleb,” Violet looked down at their joined hands as they walked. “People are staring.”

“Let them stare.” Caleb no longer cared. “Let them see, Violet. Let them know that it wasn’t just machinesthat were destroyed last night, but living beings with consciousness, emotions and people who cared about them. Let them not forget that it was murder.”

Violet took in a sharp breath, coming to a halt. He stopped with her, afraid he’d gone too far. Her grip tightened around his fingers as her other hand raised to his face. With a swift, graceful movement, she elevated to her tiptoes and kissed his cheek.

As her heels touched pavement again, Caleb felt his feet leave the ground. It was the most incredible sensation he’d experienced so far – beyond the strong heat of anger or the deep well of sorrow. This was something unimaginable. Indescribable. Wonderful.

“I-I…” Violet stammered, her fingers touching her lips. “I don’t know why I did that. It was an automatic response to the pride I felt at the words you spoke, and the way you hold my hand so openly. Is… Is thisaffection?”

Pulling their joined hands to his lips in a gesture he’d seen before, he kissed her fingertips with a smile. “I believe so, yes.”

His gaze dropped to her mouth as her thumb traced his bottom lip. The peck on the cheek wasn’t enough. He wanted more.

Pinning her hand against his chest, he slipped his arm around her back and lifted her upwards. The brilliant purple within her irises glistened in wide-eyed shock, her electronic pupils dilating as he held her close. With a sighing release of air from her core and the most elegant tilt of her head, she offered those lips to him freely, and he took them without a thought concerning the crowd who had gathered to stop and stare as two machines became more than the sum of their parts.

There was nothing mechanical in the nature of that kiss. No script written by the hands of Organics could so eloquently form such a perfect symphony. And, there was music. It filled Caleb’s every process, firing across his synapses in an electrical storm that seemed without end.

Publication date TBA –
But, I’m hoping sometime in September

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