Q. What Is Kindle Select?
A. Kindle Select is an exclusivity program that Kindle runs. If you opt to sell your eBook exclusively through Kindle, you are given some rather significant perks in return. These perks can be extremely useful for a new author, but ultimately the choice is yours.
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Q. What are your thoughts on Kindle Select?
A. I love Kindle Select! I've been exclusive on and off since the program was introduced, and my royalties almost double for being in the program.
Q. What do you mean when you refer to "The Extended Network"?
A. The Extended Network is just a simple way of referring to everyone who sells eBooks that isn't Amazon. This includes iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Google Play, and more.
Q. I heard that eBooks are dying. Is that true?
A. Not in the least, that's just a bit of industry scaremongering. It's a rumour spread by large publishing houses to try and encourage people to buy paperbacks for fear that if they buy eBooks they'll lose their collection someday. If eBooks are dying, nobody told my customers!
Q. So... what about piracy?
A. When eBooks first came out, everyone was freaking out about piracy, but now that we're almost two decades on it's not really a big deal. Yeah, you'll get pirated, but it won't hurt your sales at all. I know it sounds shocking, but let me explain. In my years observing piracy, I've come to realise that there are three different kinds of pirates:
1. The Hardcore Pirate
The Hardcore Pirate believes everything should be free, and he pirates as a matter of ethics. He would never pay for your book anyway. Hardcore Pirates are rare.
2. The Pirate Of Necessity
Like the thief who steals bread to feed their family, the Pirate of Necessity doesn't want to steal, but steals because they have no other choice. They are often students or the poor, people on limited incomes who cannot afford to buy everything that they want to read or watch. Many Pirates of Necessity are embarrassed by their actions, and use it as a way to try before they buy, because they can't risk spending their limited funds on things they might not enjoy. Pirates of Necessity can often be converted into loyal customers if they like your book.
3. The Sampler Pirate
Samplers aren't necessarily poor, but they want to know if they like something before they invest their money in it. Like the Pirate of Necessity, they can often be converted into customers if they like what they read.
The rise of Kindle Select has provided a legal alternative for both the Pirate of Necessity and the Sampler, meaning that book piracy is much less common than it used to be. Pirating takes effort. Why bother when you can just pay a nominal fee and read all the books you want?