Training #344 – Hot Seats

This hot seat session started out with a notice that Amazon has updated their policies about title changes for your ebooks.

Here is what the page said previously:

eBook

You won’t be able to change the Digital Rights Management (DRM) setting you chose when you set up your eBook. You also won’t be able change the publication date after you publish your eBook. The Kindle Store automatically enters the date you first published your book through KDP. If you make significant changes to your book content and want the publication date to reflect the date of the new version, you can resubmit your revised content as a new book. To improve the shopping and reading experience for customers, if you significantly change your book title or author name when submitting it as a new book, you’re required to include the following disclaimer at the top of the description field: “Previously published as [book title] by [author name].” Significant changes to both book title and author name aren’t allowed.

Here is the new language that they included on the current version of the page:

eBook

You won’t be able to change:

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Publication date: The Kindle Store automatically enters the date you first published your book through KDP
  • Title and/or Author name: If you make changes to your main title and/or author name after publication, your eBook will be considered as a new book, you will need to upload a new submission.

To improve the shopping and reading experience for customers, if you significantly change your book title or author name when submitting it as a new book, you’re required to include the following disclaimer at the top of the description field: “Previously published as [book title] by [author name].” Significant changes to both book title and author name aren’t allowed.

You can read the full text on this page on updating your book details directly from Amazon.

We also covered a lot of questions and hot seats in this session:

  • Frank Leuck’s question about whether you can publish to other retailers if selling on Kindle.
  • Eileen Stein’s question about whether the BookBaby services are worth outsourcing some publication tasks to.
  • Tamarila Shelton’s hot seat for her non-fiction children’s animal book on book publication schedules, appropriately targeting your reader, and cover branding and design.
  • Nathaniel Ziomek’s question about whether to speed up a launch schedule to get a book out before Christmas.
  • Sandra Jean’s question about whether to bank books and hold them to release on a schedule or to release books all at once.
  • Larina Orecchio’s question about asking friends and family to buy each of your books each time you launch a book.
  • Chai Rai’s question about how to collect the email addresses of customer who purchase your book.
  • Carolyn Drew’s question about offering a download directly on the thank you page rather than in the first email after they optin to your email list.
  • Tobias Ebel’s question about getting a live link inside of your Kindle book to your optin form.
  • Angela Orecchio’s hot seat for her children’s halloween picture book and optimizing the cover and title.
  • Sandra Jean’s question about optimizing a book title.
  • Barry Borges’s question about finding an illustrator with a specific style.
  • Nathaniel Ziomek’s hot seat for the pre-order of his children’s manners book and launch strategies.
  • Lauren Daniel’s question about building a launch team.
  • Julia Martin’s questions about pre-order dates and launching without a pre-order.
  • Faith Nelson’s question about communicating a discount price in your description.
  • Tobias Ebel’s hot seat for the pre-order of his children’s rhyming book about vehicles and leveraging an international audience.
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