Beginning this week, I will be removing the ebook versions of my work from sale at all retailers except Amazon. While the print editions will continue to be available from other storefronts, for the foreseeable future the only electronic editions will be Kindle ones. This is not a step I take lightly, but I have not seen sales numbers on the other retailers that would justify giving up what being exclusive to Amazon offers. In the meantime, please be assured that you do NOT need a Kindle to buy and read my ebooks (more on that later) and that I fully intend to return my ebooks to wider distribution in the future.
There is a potential upside to this move, but only if you’re not militantly anti-Amazon. In fact, if you subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited program or have access to the Kindle Lending Library through your Amazon Prime subscription (you did know about the Kindle Lending Library, right?), you’ll soon be able to borrow my ebooks as part of those programs (and compensate me for every page you read in the process ;-). I’ll also be scheduling more sales and giveaways as a result of this narrowed market focus (watch this space).
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"What if I don’t have a Kindle?"
No problem. Amazon makes Kindle apps for almost every tablet, smartphone, and computer.
"But what if I don’t like the Kindle reading experience?"
Every book I sell (and have ever sold) is DRM-free by choice. You can use freely available software like Calibre to convert the Kindle editions of my books to a variety of formats, enabling you to read them wherever and however you like. That includes converting to EPUB format for reading in your favorite ebook app (iBooks, etc) or on devices that don't have Kindle apps available (such as Kobo or Nook).
But I really, REALLY hate Amazon and don’t want to spend any money supporting them!
Technically, that’s not a question. But send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can work something out.
What if Amazon isn’t available in my neck of the globe?
Hit that email link above.
But I despise reading books on an electronic device.
Again, that's not a question. Also, I already answered this above. But to repeat... My print books will continue to be available on every market they were previously available on. You can even walk into a Barnes & Noble (gasp!) and ask them to order my books for you. Alternatively, if you pester your local library, maybe they can order a copy or two for their shelves.
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I think that about covers it. If you have any questions or concerns, hit me up on email or social media (links in the footer below). I know this isn’t great news for some of you who love platforms other than Amazon, and I do apologize for that. Sadly, this is the state of the ebook market today. I wish Amazon didn’t require exclusivity to play with their toys, but at the end of the day, they have the best toys and the widest reach. I don’t like it, but this is the best business decision for me at this time.