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The KDP Select program; just how wonderful is it?

Amazon.com announced the Kindle Direct Publishers Select program on December 8th; at least, that was when I got the email. The email itself is typical KDP email, bland and featureless but the message it delivers sounds enticing. Let’s examine it in a little more detail.

Initial impressions.

On the face of the offer, you get to promote your book on Amazon.com for free for an unlimited number of 5 day periods throughout the time your book is enrolled in the KDP Select program.

Your book gets a share in a fund allocated by Amazon.com for all Select participants.

Self-publishing vs. Big-house publishing

If you are a writer, you are probably considering whether to self-publish or go through one of the big publishing houses to get your novel out there. Lately, this is a choice that most writers have to consider seriously. While Free-eBooks.net and eBookEnvy.com do not have an official recommendation one way or another, I thought it would be a good idea to examine some the most talked about reasons to self-publish — or not.

It’s all about the recognition

Let’s face it: the big publishing houses (familiarly known as the “big six”) still have the respect and recognition

Book adaptions for the screen – silver or otherwise

It seems that there are more and more adaptations of novels to the screen these days. I have made the comment on occasion that adapted films feel like the creativity has gone out of Hollywood. And other cynics seem to agree with me on that point. The alternate point of view is that marketing an unknown story is just too difficult.

We have seen the phenomenal success of movies such as the Harry Potter series and the Twilight Saga and it’s hard to measure those against movies such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. While The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was not

If You Wrote a Book…

… would you give it away for free to share your message or your story?

We are always looking for ways to support new and experienced Authors, here at www.Free-eBooks.net.

While some authors are hesitant to post their work for free, others are enjoying the prestige, exposure and other benefits from being featured in front of our huge, online audience. Many writers and budding scribes love this type of low-cost and no-cost marketing technique to promote their books around the world.

We’d like to hear more from you, if you are an author, or thinking about being one,

How Do Authors Get Paid?

In the traditional publishing model authors can get paid in two ways, either a flat fee (a onetime lump sum) or on a percentage, or royalty, of each book sold. Then there is the increasing popularity of self-publishing. Here we’ll outline the differences.

When working with a publisher each contract will vary but there are common practices in the industry. Typically royalties for hardcover books are about 10% while 6%-8% can be expected for paperback. A new trend emerging is for publishers to pay authors based on net rather than the retail price of the book. A