Kindle Unlimited: a few observations

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This is a post for writers.

Some background:

In July 2014, Amazon rolled out its Kindle Unlimited program. For $10 a month, Kindle owners in the US, UK, and some European countries can ?borrow? as many ebooks as they want. I don?t have a Kindle and if you?re interested in this feature, I suggest you go to the Amazon website and check it out.

In short, it?s a subscription service.

For authors, any book that is enrolled has to be exclusive to Amazon. For some, mega-selling authors, they sweetened the deal with a ?winners? pot of extra bonuses and they dropped the exclusivity requirement.

A lot of self-published authors reported big losses in sales numbers in July (I didn?t, but I seem to be in a minority). These were authors who were in KU and ones who were not. The theory went that all readers were sucked up by theā€¦

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