…and the Wrath of the Great God Amazon shall be visited upon yeez… be careful out there… #TBSU…

…I s’pose I should feel flattered… email correspondence today from the compliance brigade at Amazon flagged up a potential monstrous offence on the part of this ol’ Jurassic… it seems that my published collections of Blog Posts from this web page blog of mine, WELL I’LL BE BLOGGERED and BLOGGERED, have appeared elsewhere other than with the Amazon titles carrying the collections… another channel of access has been spotted contravening law/ROOL/regulation #such-and-such of the contract with them… I’m not allowed to be on Kindle Select Program while the material is in the public domain elsewhere… now I’ll give yeez a thousand guesses where that ‘other’ offending outlet is… yup, right here… it’s all on my very own web, well I wonder what relative of Einstein has twigged that a collection of my own blog posts might have appeared on my own web over the last several months???… yeez couldn’t make this stuff up if yeez tried… of course, on this occasion, the warning shot across my literary bow comes with no designated signatory… no-one (human) that I may interact with to sort this out in a matter of seconds… solution?… simply removing the culprits from the Kindle Select Program… result? Amazon and this old quill-scraper now have lost any potential earnings from these titles… we used to call this cutting yer own nose to spite yer own face… it may be, of course, that an ulterior motive lurks behind it all, the caricatures of my physiognomy may have proved too much of a contest for the pinups seen in other publications such as Hollywood Idols Magazines and the like… yes, that’s prob’ly it… I can’t imagine the Tom Cruises and Johnny Depps of the WURLD can compete with these… gaze on them one last time good people… those of yeez who already had the great foresight to download these already may find a fortune waiting for yeez in the (now) limited edition sales pages on Ebay…. see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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68 responses to “…and the Wrath of the Great God Amazon shall be visited upon yeez… be careful out there… #TBSU…

  1. Check out smash words…a few of my author friends use it To sell their ebooks, and say it’s easy to learn. Once you upload, it will format not only to kindle, but also to nook and a bunch of other e readers… these masterpieces will drive too many bidding wars on eBay elseelse wise…. whew… good thing I already got my copies!

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    • I’m resisting going away from Amazon ..so far on the crime thrillers , it’s been excellent for me, and it is simple … with only so many hours in the day to work with, I’m reluctant to spread myself any further… the blog post collections were a bit of a n afterthought anyway,,, it just struck me as amusing that my own blog should be the culprit! 🙂

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      • It is kind of funny. Better check your kilt for hidden cameras…they’re watching everything you do! Even type your blog entries!

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      • Ya’ know, if Amazon and its legal minions weren’t SOOOOO short-sighted, turf guarding, and rule-obsessed, they might realize the marketing and customer service value of having eBook excerpts on the blogs — not to mention the negative press that actions/decisions like this one generate. ::sheesh::

        I’m stunned they haven’t taken a fresh look at their P&Ps, actually, since their middle name seems to be REVENUE (and their first might as well be be Multi-click!). Hello? Free advertising doesn’t appeal?

        As a reader & unpublished writer I’m actually repulsed by their enforcement of this policy in this manner, inspired to drop my investigations into publishing on their platform since this is not their first decision I’ve found beyond reason.

        I used to be a HUGE Amazon fan, but buy less and less there anymore. With every post like this I read I avoid them for weeks and months. (I just unpacked a carton of the my 6-cup Melita coffee filters, so I’m good for at least 6 months this time, most likely.)

        Dumb, dumber, dumbest! And MEAN. Their loss, but shame on us if we don’t vote with our wallets!
        xx,
        mgh
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to transform a world!”

        PS. Will be sending a copy of my comment to them, btw.

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  2. Ah the pedanticness (SHOULD be a word) of this technowonderful (another word that should be) age 😀

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  3. Seumas, I think this can be worked out. Other authors have told me that in the same situation they have deleted the offending blog posts from their own blog site and reported that to Amazon and all is now well. Best of luck!

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    • thanks for this , Cynthia, but frankly it would mean deleting six months worth of blog posts, and I’m not prepared to do that… easier just to take the titles down… they were a bit of a ‘plaything’ for me anyway… the crime thrillers are the main items I want to focus on…cheers 🙂 ( plus so many of my blog posts get reblogged on other sites, they’re all over the place too ! 🙂

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  4. I wouldn’t have thought that the Amazon Select rules would prohibit using your own blog posts, in that you aren’t SELLING them here. Interesting interpretation…

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  5. So frustrating! Hope it get it all worked out quickly.

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  6. A foray into the amazon fora shows how disastrously robots administer stuff like this. Like the comment above, I’d recommend smashwords. they will distribute your stuff to kobo and ibooks too and though you may not make any sales there for a while, it’s worth having the outlets there – for these books at any rate. You need to download their style guide though, so you can make it all into a word document. But if it works for KDP it’ll probably work for them too.

    An alternative option might be Draft2Digital. They do pretty much the same thing.

    Cheers

    MTM

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    • …thanks , m’Lady, but it;s easier for me just to take the titles down… they were a side attraction anyway to the crime thrillers, which are the real thrust of my Amazon stiff, and they’ve been good to me there …

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      • Oh they are good on the whole. They base their whole ethos on putting things in front of amazon users that they’re interested in rather than putting things in front of them that people have paid to advertise. That’s why self published authors do so much better there than elsewhere. Kobo and co are still selling their front page space to the highest bidder, Amazon are showing each person the front page that their browsing and purchasing history suggests is most likely to make them click buy. Two different strategies and it’s very obvious which one works best long term.

        Cheers

        MTM

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    • I’m with you on that .. as I’ve said before, Amazon has been simple for me to use, and generous in the downloads , so I’m not gonna sulk for the sake of nuance:):) LUV YA!

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  7. A very interesting article Seumas, following your experience. It seems grossly unfair that Amazon should take issue with your own blog connections.
    I am a novice in this world of publishing, but do not feel encouraged to entertain Amazon just yet. I shall ponder my Blurb choice, for the time being.
    Thank you for alerting us to yet another peculiarity with this big world of conformity:)

    Eileen

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    • …hi, m’Lady, Eileen… I wouldn’t let the experience above deter you from using Amazon… the scenario above is quite unusual,,, for my crime thrillers, they’ve actually been very positive for me …:)

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  8. Cate Russell-Cole

    Seumas, they suspended one of my books because I just had promo on my blog (as you are supposed to). I gave them a large, angry slice of my mind and they backed down fast. As long as you have removed most of the posts, you are ok. They have no right to treat to fully dominate.

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    • Hello, Cate… It’s really easier to let the titles lapse, as they are not the main attractions in my backlist anyway… if I had to erase the blog posts from my web, it would mean six months worth of almost daily blog pieces, and I’m not willing to yield these from my web…I put a lot of me into them… that’s my domain! 🙂

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      • Cate Russell-Cole

        Fair enough. I tell you, Amazon… Me and that monster do not get along! (Yes, my grammar stunk there.)

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  9. You can’t win an argument with a crawler robot Seumas. 😦

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  10. The KS rules say that you can only publish (up to) a 10% excerpt of a book on another site if it’s included in their KS scheme. If you have unpublished your 2 books, can you not now re-publish them (leaving them out of KS) and have them for sale on Amazon as before?

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  11. For once in my life I am actually speechless! Blogger me! And the Great God Amazon has exactly how many brain cells? I’m glad I’ve got my copies on my Kindle type thing.

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  14. I had no idea! But what a conundrum – a writer needs to promote their book and how better to get people to buy it than with an excerpt that hooks the reader. Does seem like they’re cutting off their collective noses to spite the face, I’m guilty of this but it was before the book went up on Amazon,

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  15. Hi Seumas. At least you weren’t pirated! Or you were only pirated by yourself 🙂 I saw this post and was a little concerned about not being able to publish excerpts. This is what I found on the KDP FAQ page: “All content made exclusive to Amazon in KDP Select must remain for sale on our site only; it cannot be available for free or for purchase in digital format anywhere else, including publishing the content of your book on the web, including on your own website, blog, etc. However, you may choose to make up to 10% of your book available on other sites as a sample…” So it appears that limited excerpts are safe.

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  16. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    More Amazon madness – part 1

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  17. You can still have them on Kindle, just not Kindle Select, so it won’t be available in unlimited. But you can still keep it on KDP.

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  18. If books are in the Kindle store but not enrolled in KDP Select then it is my understanding they do not need to be exclusive to Amazon. This means that you could still have your work on Amazon (and your own site) provided it is not enrolled in KDP Select. Kevin

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  19. Seumas — I’ve just had an epiphany! Now I understand… Amazon has Mad Cow disease!
    Hugs my friend.

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  20. I don’t think you should take down your blog posts. It’s the principle of the thing. It’s your work, you should be able to promote it as you see fit. All of this is getting so out of hand. I think we independent authors should band together and develop our own site for selling our works and stop having to bow to the inexplicable whims of the Amazonian monster.

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  21. What a mess? Can life with Aunty A get any more complicated?

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  22. That’s bizarre, Seumas. Any number of books have been published from a collection of blog posts. Why on earth is Amazon being so crazy and tyrannical?

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  23. Just one more thing to worry about. 😦

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  24. Amazon seems to be Big Brothering a lot of people. I wonder how far things will go before things reach balance.

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  25. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    I found this on Seumas Gallacher’s blog and thought it was a very important blog post for authors – in particular for newbies!

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  26. Ah, Seumas, just another way for Amazon to say “Up yours!” and you can decide what. We writers aren’t free. I am now also on Smashwords as a backup, but like you, don’t want to sever ties with Amazon. I do enjoy your posts – refreshingly honest and colloquial!

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  27. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Wow, I didn’t know this! Makes sense though. And it is exactly what I have been telling a friend who is all over Wattpad. I asked “Why would people buy your stuff when you are giving it away?” Maybe this will convince her to save her best stuff!
    Sherrie
    P.S. Do you know about my debut novel?
    Historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about a young American woman goes to war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    The video my husband made for my novel. He wrote the music too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc

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  29. How ridiculous and petty, Seumas… they should be cracking down on the real plagiarists. And all the other scammers making a mockery of their system.

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