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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Not A Comedy
« Last post by R. C. on April 04, 2024, 08:31:38 AM »
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The relevant part for this forum begins at 2:10.





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There are still many readers who are married to the paper experience. However, since they are also generally committed to trad, we don't notice them as much.

For me at least, the pandemic changed that a little. My paperback sales went up a bit, I think because people with more time to read were running out of reading material. It also helped that I published a couple of myth novelizations that were a little closer to lit fic than my usual. In any case, paperback sales have remained higher than before.

More important for us, there are some readers who buy ebooks but still consider the presence of a paperback as a sign of legitimacy.
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I do all my paperbacks simultaneously with the ebooks, because I want my own copy and I have a few people to whom I send print books. They don't read ebooks, and I'm not going to argue with them.

I used to, and then stopped without thinking about it.

My paperback sales are so negligible as to be hardly worth the effort.

But I like to keep the proofs. If something happens electronically, then at least they can be re-scanned. At least, that's the theory.

Plus, books on shelves is nice to see.
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Sorry they didn't even bother to check your track record, Tim. You clearly got a canned response.

I do all my paperbacks simultaneously with the ebooks, because I want my own copy and I have a few people to whom I send print books. They don't read ebooks, and I'm not going to argue with them.
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It's unfortunate that bad actors ruin the system for everyone.
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They only let me do 3 today.

I finished the rest of the covers, but it's going to take a while to publish everything now.
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I'm trying to catch up on my Paperbacks at the moment.

I had 17 to do, but there is now a submission limit of 4 a day.

After you've done 4, they won't even let you change and save the 5th one.

The pop up on that has a link to Help with the suggestion you contact them to get the limit removed.

I did that, although there is no specific place for that request.

It took them 3 days to get back to me denying the request in the interest of 'good customer experience'.

Apparently a section of a series without the paperbacks constitutes a good customer experience.  :icon_think: :shrug

I understand why they've put the limit on, to stop the flood of low content and bot drek, but this was 17 novels, listed, going back over a year in release dates. demonstrably not spamming.

Moral: Don't get behind in your paperbacks.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Iz must be importent nows.
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on March 13, 2024, 07:06:47 AM »
Probably more than one thread if I remember correctly.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Iz must be importent nows.
« Last post by R. C. on March 13, 2024, 05:17:19 AM »
From the 'Zon

"Congratulations! You've been selected to participate in KDP's beta for audiobooks. Starting today, you have the option to produce audiobook versions of eligible eBook titles using virtual voice narration. After publication, audiobooks will be live within 72 hours and distributed where Audible titles are sold. Today, just 4% of KDP eBooks have an audiobook available. Audiobooks with virtual voice can support authors in bringing new stories to customers on Amazon, Audible, and Alexa."

Wasn't there a thread about the "virtual voice narration"?

R.C.
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Slow load times on Amazon-related websites
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 29, 2024, 02:56:03 AM »
Pings look normal. But if I'm understanding the test correctly, it checks for a response. It doesn't measure whether the page loads correctly or not, right?

I tried testing using GTMetrics, and the homepage took around seven seconds to be interactive, twelve to load completely. That's on one try, so it's better than what I was getting in that sense, but that seems excessively long. When Amazon was working well for me, it was certainly loading faster than that.

If it is some kind of ISP issue, other people will probably notice it as well. I'll keep checking. But as I've said, there's no hint for trouble with anything non-Amazon.

Now I have to go doublecheck some bizarre problems on my own website.
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