Even though Amazon keeps expanding the budget for the KDP Select program, $1.5 million by the time of this writing, to entice more authors to join it, I just don't see the benefits. The way it is supposed to work is that it is supposed to allow you to reach a whole new audience a.k.a their prime members and bargain shoppers. But, I haven't been able to get a single sale, I mean, borrow, from one. Meanwhile, I have been selling well through Amazon's regular channel.
I wouldn't care about any of this if Amazon didn't make you only sell your books on their site when using KDP Select. I really think Amazon understands that most Indie authors don't benefit from this program. That's why they entice authors to join not by results, but by giving them five days to promote their books for free.
Hell, the only reason why I get involved in their KDP Select program is because of the free book promo capability. Some swear that this is worth it all. Especially those writers who have a series of books, and make their first book free. Me, I just don't think it is worth putting your eggs, books, books about eggs, whatever, into one basket for ninety days.
I know that Amazon is the best book distributor for Indies write now, but is it really worth turning down Sony and Apple?
I know other writers who say that it isn't about the borrows you can get from KDP Select, it is all about the five day free promotions you get for participation. That allows your books to be placed on lists that grant more exposure. But, it just doesn't seem worth it to me.
What do you think?
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