Author Topic: Are you allowed to publish books within the same series both KU and wide?  (Read 274 times)

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As in, is it against the TOS to do so?

For instance, are you allowed to say, publish book 1 and 2 of a series in KU, then book 3 wide, book 4 KU, book 5 wide, etc?

I know (or I should say, I strongly suspect) this would upset readers and probably lead to a lot of negative feedback (1-star reviews, nasty emails, bad word of mouth on social media, etc) and probably even lead to customer complaints to Amazon itself, but is it against the Terms of Service as far as you know?
 

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As in, is it against the TOS to do so?

For instance, are you allowed to say, publish book 1 and 2 of a series in KU, then book 3 wide, book 4 KU, book 5 wide, etc?

I know (or I should say, I strongly suspect) this would upset readers and probably lead to a lot of negative feedback (1-star reviews, nasty emails, bad word of mouth on social media, etc) and probably even lead to customer complaints to Amazon itself, but is it against the Terms of Service as far as you know?
The terms of service says nothing about series exclusivity as far as I know, only book exclusivity. But yeah, it doesn't seem like a way to customer happiness.


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As in, is it against the TOS to do so?

For instance, are you allowed to say, publish book 1 and 2 of a series in KU, then book 3 wide, book 4 KU, book 5 wide, etc?

I know (or I should say, I strongly suspect) this would upset readers and probably lead to a lot of negative feedback (1-star reviews, nasty emails, bad word of mouth on social media, etc) and probably even lead to customer complaints to Amazon itself, but is it against the Terms of Service as far as you know?

Each book is treated individually. So, like my trilogy (which I only have the first two finished) has one book, the first, that is wide, but book two is still in KU and will come out of KU in June sometime. At that time I'll go wide. The only time I would say to "watch out" is if you stick all your series books into a box set. If you do that and then try to put the box set into KU, you will run afoul of the TOS if you have some or all of the individual books out wide. That's why when my trilogy is finished, I will offer a box set, but it won't be in KU.
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KU readers get very very upset when part of a series is not in KU.

Yes you can do this, but its not a good idea.
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