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[KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by Phoenix » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:48 pm

I recently unpublished my ebooks with Smashwords to enroll in KDP select. I have initiated a $0.99 countdown deal for my books. How long after initiating will it show on the Amazon sales page?
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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by danwiz » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:52 am

Enrolling your books in KDP select just a short time after removing them all from Smashwords could be a mistake. They (Amazon) have bots searching the web for books with the same titles as are enrolled in KDP Select. If they find one of those books available through Apple, B & N or wherever as an identical ebook, they get quite angry. This happened to me. I broke one of my books into a 3 Volume set and put the 3 Volume set up on Smashwords - they found them and informed me that I could not do this and that they'd give me 30 days to take them down and if they could still find them after 30 days then my book would be removed from the Select Program. Well, it can (and does) take about 90 days for Smashwords titles to disappear from ALL of the several places which they distribute to, so after 30 days my book was still findable by them (even by me through Google) on B & N and others. They DID remove my book from the Select program.

After I could no longer find my ebook (for sale) on Google, except at Amazon, I enrolled the title again. This was a long time ago, probably 2012 or so. I have heard that now they (Amazon) may actually ban you from KDP or something like that.
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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by Phoenix » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:42 pm

ooooops! I may be in a spot of bother then.

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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by Phoenix » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:16 pm

Actually, I was very surprised by a prompt reply to my inquiry with Amazon. I asked them politely if I had contravened their conditions by enrolling in KDP too soon after unpublishing my books with Smashwords. They told me they had checked and found my books were no longer for sale on Smashwords and made sure my books were enrolled in KDP Select. So, unpublished on Smashwords, enrolled in KDP Select after twenty minutes! No drama, no worry and even an apology from the Zon?

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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by danwiz » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:34 pm

Excellent! Excellent, indeed. Joe, when you do a search for one of your titles that was on Smashwords - does it show on any of the places that Smashwords distributes to, for example, Apple, B & N, etc.? I'm just curious as to whether Amazon is merely checking the author page on Smashwords nowadays or what. If they are just checking the Smashwords author page, then I could easily unpublish all of my Smashwords titles like you did, and get them back into KDP Select with a lot fewer headaches than I was anticipating!

How about if you go directly to B & N and do a title search? Please let me know. Thanks in advance.
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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by Phoenix » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:05 am

Dan'l, they said they checked Smashwords, not any other. I did do a check on B&N for you and could only find my paperback listed. No nook book. I would say that as long as you contacted Amazon to alert them, there should be no repercussions.
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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

Post by danwiz » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:09 am

Thank you for your time, Joe, I appreciate it.
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Re: [KDP Select] Countdown Deal

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