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Marketing a Book as FREE via Kindle Unlimited is my biggest pet peeve at the moment.
What exactly is Kindle Unlimited?
It is a new service that allows you to read as much as you want, choosing from over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks. You can read on any device. It’s available for $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime.
Why is my pet peeve? Look at the description of KU. IT COSTS $9.99 A MONTH. What the hell about that screams FREE? Not a damn thing.
I wondered about the authors and if they get any money from ebooks readers checkout from Kindle Unlimited and @PhantasmicReads pointed me to the answer below.
Royalties in Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners’ Lending LibraryYou’re eligible for royalty payment from Kindle Unlimited (KU, or Abonnement Kindle in France) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) for pages an individual customer reads in your book for the first time. A customer can read your book as many times as they like, but we will only pay you for the number of pages read the first time the customer reads them.It may take months for customers to read pages in your book, but no matter how long it takes, we’ll still pay you once it happens. This is true even if your KDP Select enrollment period has expired, and you choose not to re-enroll.
I also wondered about ebooks checkout from the library and if authors receive royalties from them. Alexandra Haughton directed me via Twitter . . .
So while I’m sick of seeing this kind of marketing I can understand why authors would use it to get people to read their books. But as someone that does not pay for Kindle Unlimited, these books are not FREE for me. I tried KU once and 90% of the books I would read I found within my library system so it’s still not for me.