More About Amazon and Pushing Back the Publishing Date of Isaac’s Decision to an Unspecified Time

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.

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Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out
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6 Responses to More About Amazon and Pushing Back the Publishing Date of Isaac’s Decision to an Unspecified Time

  1. dorothypaula says:

    Smashwords announced on December 23, 2011 – “We launched a new beta feature tonight – gifting. The feature allows you to purchase any ebook with a price and give it as a gift. Visit any Smashwords book page and below the shopping cart icon you’ll see the “Give as a gift” button. Enter the recipient’s name and email address and purchase like normal. The recipient will receive an email with a hyperlink that allows them to claim the gift. Please report bugs to Thanks to Henry, Bill and Dmitriy (our ace tech team!) for creating this new feature. Until tonight, it wasn’t possible for an author to purchase their own book, or for customers to purchase additional copies of books they enjoyed for their friends. Authors, unless you want pay for copies of your own book, the Coupon Manager is the still the best way to distribute free copies of your book.”
    Ruth, this sounds great. Now we can gift books through Smashwords as Amazon. By the way, I stand behind you in your decision regarding KDP Select. Not for me. “Give me Liberty, or give me death.” (Patrick Henry – Virginia Convention – The American Revolution). 🙂

    • I’ll be sending you a Facebook message soon, but I wanted to say thanks. Give me liberty, indeed! Smashwords has been so good to authors and readers. It’s why I use them to publish on to places like B&N. I want to give them my support for all they’ve done for us. I’m off to message you on FB now. 😀

  2. dorothypaula says:

    Dear Ruth, I received your message. Thank you! I sent you a reply message. Christmas turned out nicely. My son came with his family (wife and two children) and we all joined my sister-in-law who continues my in-laws’ (God rest their dear souls) Christmas Day Family Reunion Tradition. How fast the children grow – nieces and nephews (my husband’s side) who I remember playing with toy trains and dolls, now are parents with children of their own, and one now is a grandparent.
    Hope you get my FB message.
    God bless you all and have a wonderful New Year. 🙂

  3. Like you, I’m a big fan of Smashwords and have more books up with them than Kindle. I’m keen to get as many readers on as many types of ereader as possible. It’s great they’ve introduced gifting now.
    I enjoy your books, Ruth, and I think your covers are wonderful.

    • I’m excited that they’re gifting books. I hear some authors criticizing Smashwords because they don’t do as much as Amazon, but Smashwords hasn’t been around as long as Amazon has so they can’t be. But really, part of the charm of Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo Sony and Diesel is that they aren’t Amazon. I like the differences because I think the differences can work to everyone’s advantage.

      Thanks for the lovely compliment regarding my books. 😀

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