Sunday, December 28, 2014

Is Amazon Turning On Self-published and Indie Authors?

Amazon is one of the best friends a self-published or indie author can have. Amazon gave authors a way to make their written works available to millions of potential readers, sold the book, in paper or ebook format, collected the money, shipped the book, and at the end of the month deposited the author's share in the bank.

Self-published authors are beginning to question, and question loudly, if Amazon is still their friend.

What has caused the change in attitude on the part of self-published authors?

Kindle Unlimited.

David Streitfield takes a look at why authors are unhappy with the Kindle Unlimited program in his piece titled Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses in the December 27, 2014, issue of The New York Times.

If you have books enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program and have seen a significant drop in your earnings, this article may provide you with some insight into why this is happening.