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.
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.
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.
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!