Great article! I was shocked when I came across this on Kboards.The risk of getting banned at KDP (that too without been given a fair trial) far outweighs the benefits I get out of KU. I’m seriously considering going wide now.
This has happened to one author recently, but also to others (https://pjbayliss.com/2016/06/06/steal-my-books-please/ ) before this. Indie authors who participate in KU need to know of the risks. Spread the word if you can.
There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven. Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?
Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:
We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…
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