I’ve gotten a couple of questions regarding my last post, so I thought I’d clarify things. 😀
As of right now, I am still planning to publish future books on Amazon, but before I publish anything else, I am going to have a lawyer look over Amazon KDP’s Terms and Conditions. My main concern is whether or not Amazon will slip in a clause (worded in a way that isn’t apparent since contract lingo can be confusing to me) that would allow Amazon the right, at any time, to require me to unpublish my book everywhere else. No such clause has existed before, but Amazon updated their Terms and Conditions earlier this month when they launched KDP Select. I understand that they added the terms for KDP Select, but I’m wondering if there’s something else they also added.
Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, I’m delaying the publication of Isaac’s Decision. I’ve decided I won’t announce when I’ve picked a publishing date when I figure it out. I have a reason for this, and that reason is that someone stole three of my books back in June and published them on Amazon. Why give the thief a heads up? And just so the thief knows (in case he/she is reading this post), I do have Isaac’s Decision copyright protected. It’s finished. And I still have the number of my copyright lawyer (great guy, by the way). I just haven’t published Isaac’s Decision yet and won’t until I’m ready.
Some authors say I’m paranoid, but I had to battle Amazon to get the last stolen book (out of 3 total) removed. Amazon ignore me for a month as I sent them notices they were selling stolen material. They finally listened to the copyright lawyer who called them on my behalf, I am not optimistic about Amazon’s concern for protecting authors’ copyright. I’d rather be paranoid and have nothing happen than throw caution into the wind and find out I should have been paying close attention to things. You know what I mean? As my mom always said, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
But regarding Kindle readers who enjoy my books, Smashwords does sell mobi files of books for authors who authorize them. I authorize all formats on Smashwords (always have) because I want my books to be accessible to everyone, whether they have an ereader or not. This is also why I don’t want to make my books exclusive on one place. If B&N or Apple was requiring this, I wouldn’t join their program either. Currently, B&N and Apple do not have an exclusive option like KDP Select. Will they ever come up with one? Who knows? But I’m opposed to the idea regardless of where this is happening.
So this is not a “Ruth hates Amazon” stance. It’s a “Ruth doesn’t want to limit her books to only one segment of the population” stance. By the way, publishers are not under the exclusion clause with Amazon. They can be in KDP Select and sell their books other places. It’s just indie authors who can’t. This also strikes me as unfair and highly suspicious, and yes, I’m taking some flack for my position. But hey, if I don’t stand up for what I believe in, then what good are my values? Opposition only makes one stronger.