Amazon can keep your royalties,
read the fine print
I often hear new authors make statements like "I wanted to pull out of KDP Select, so I just published on Smashwords (or any other venue). Amazon sent me a letter saying I was removed from KDP Select. It's no big deal. I re-enrolled later." This statement can cost you way more than you know. KDP Select requires an exclusivity agreement for 90 days and according to the above terms, they can keep your royalties for breaking your commitment.
If you decide you no longer want your book enrolled in KDP Select, according to the Terms and Conditions, the book is still considered part of the program and is not to be sold or distributed elsewhere until the 90 day enrollment period has expired.
In the event you break this agreement, not only can Amazon/KDP keep your royalties but you can owe them money!
What can I do according to the contract?
- You can distribute/sell your paperbacks-- KDP Select only pertains to digital format, not audiobooks, hardcovers, or paperbacks.
- You can give your book to editors & quality control people
- You can promote the book with a FREE promo or a Kindle Countdown Deal (5 days in a 90 day period)
What can I not do?
- You cannot give your book free for reviews (unless you gift it through Amazon--read my last post on that).
- You cannot sell your ebooks on your own website or any other retailer.
- You cannot un-publish the book then sell it elsewhere until the end of the 90 day period.
According to this, you are NOT permitted to email a copy of the book. Period.
This agreement was updated 1/2015. Previous edition stated "for professional editorial reviewers". If you notice the updated version states "editing, proofreading and helping with other quality improvements." My guess is that authors claimed "professional reviewers" meant bloggers and others for product reviews, not editing services.
I honestly do not know the answer to this one. The old rules said that as long as you showed no more than 10% which is equal to the "free preview" on Amazon's site, it was okay. I have seen no such provision in the updated terms. Something else that is interesting is that two authors told me they had placed the excerpts on Bookdaily and Wattpad before publishing on KDP Select. The books were declined by KDP until they were removed from those sites. The weird thing? Those sites only allow 30,000 characters. I'm not sure if they think this is violating the public domain clause found below.
What if Amazon removed my book and I just open another account? This is a violation as well.