Kindle-The Saga Continues
Posted by lbdarling
I popped my email this morning intending to check it quickly before making what will be my NEXT blog post and found a response from Kindle.
Yesterday, I sent them this short note;
The sales I’m speaking of are having been recorded as made in the United States. Could you please tell me what countries you believe these sales were made in? If this is going to be a problem, I will opt for a smaller distribution territory.
Today I got this;
For account security reasons, we’re unable to share specific information about our customers and their purchasing history. Thank you for your understanding of this policy.
Thanks for using Amazon KDP.
No, I don’t ‘understand’ and I wish your company would stop assuming that everyone does or even agrees with your company. I don’t believe asking to know what *country/countries* in which these sales were made would constitute any earth-shattering breach in ‘customer security’. In any event, I have changed the settings on the books I have with Kindle to select only the countries/territories which actually pay at the highly touted (yet not widely available) 70% royalty rate. I have kept 3 countries that pay at 35%. That should take care of this problem.
Thank you for your understanding of my Please Don’t Rip Me Off policy.
I know I’m not a huge best-selling author but I am a human being and I think I should be treated a bit better by a ‘business partner’ than what I continually get from Kindle. BTW, I absolutely loathe the “thank you for your understanding of this policy” utter bullshit! That’s their way of saying; “Shut up and go away now.” No one ever should ever assume another ‘understands’ or agrees with any policy. The closing line should read; If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Besides that, I already know the sales in question are in one or more US Territories because the offending sales showed up on the Kindle USA account. Not Kindle UK. Not any other “Kindle Country”. So what’s the big deal? I’m not asking for the name/address/phone number of those people. I’m just asking for the names of those territories.
Obviously Kindle wants to keep its authors in the dark. They do not believe in any way, shape, or form, that they should be honest and forthright with their authors/suppliers. Only the end customer counts in Kindle’s eyes. The rest of us peons along the way, the ones who bring the content to their site so they can sell it and make money, we don’t mean jackshit to Kindle. Just like with Wal-Mart and all those people in China, India, and 3rd World Countries making .70 a day so you can Save Money. Live Better, Kindle is more than willing to rip off their authors (probably other retailers on Amazon.com as well!) for at least HALF of what they should be getting so that Kindle Customers can Read More. Get Fatter. (Hey, their customers aren’t saving any money here, they’re paying the same price everyone else is. They ain’t Living Better for it.)
I’d like to think that if their paying customers were made aware of the way they treat their retailers people might get a little miffed but, just like Wal-Mart, they won’t care. They’ll shop there anyway.
I’m stuck with the bastards.
Lucky fuckin’ me.
I suppose I could dump Kindle. I could direct Kindle users to SmashWords and All Romance Ebooks…even to my own site…to download books in Kindle format but…they won’t do it. Simple as that. They’ll look at the information and go; What?
But that’s mainly because of this
Yes, as a country, we are THAT goddamn dumb!
One last time….check it out
|List of Countries Kindle Sells To:
| List of Countries Where Kindle Actually PAYS 70%
From the Kindle upload page…you know where you select your royalty rate and upload your stuff:
How do I identify my territorial rights?
If you hold worldwide rights, choose the worldwide rights option. If you do not hold worldwide rights, identify the specific territories for which you do have rights.
As you can see, the author is actually encouraged to sign up to be ripped off. Of course, they’re not telling the author that. Oh no. But they certainly make it look like ALL those countries pay at 70%. Why would anyone think they don’t?
How much will I make when my book is sold?
You can choose between two royalty options: a 70% royalty option and a 35% royalty option. For example, for sales in the US, if your book’s list price is between $2.99 and $9.99, you can choose the 70% option. The 35% option is available in the US for books with list prices between $.99 and $200.00. For complete information on royalty options, please see our Pricing Page and Terms and Conditions.
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Posted on 15/08/2012, in The Writer's Life and tagged amazon.com, kindle, kindle 70% royalty rate, kindle authors, kindle countries, kindle rip off, why you shouldn't use kindle. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.