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CreateSpace ISBNs are real, legitimate ISBNs. You can use them to distribute your book anywhere in the world. The key limitation is this: If your book has a CreateSpace ISBN, you must buy your copies from CreateSpace. That is, you can't use another printer to print books with an ISBN you got from CreateSpace. You can find the "details" here: https://www....


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As @rolfedh mentions: You are comparing a work from a publishing house with works from Kindle Direct Publishing. Different content sources = different legal contract. Amazon seems deliberately vague to help bolster its position on accepting or rejecting KDP works: Original Wording 1 Pornography : "We don't accept pornography or offensive depictions ...


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Amazon allows your parent to publish your book for you 4.1 Eligibility. You must have an active Program account in order to participate in the Program. You represent that you are at least 18 years old (or the age of majority where you reside, whichever is older) and that you are able to form a legally binding contract. A parent or guardian of a ...


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The problem with publishing short stories on Amazon is basically the same as the general problem with publishing --too much competition. With an almost unlimited supply of writing to choose from, what (other than personal friendship) is going to steer someone towards your work? That problem doesn't change if you change your pricing --or the length of what ...


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Klara, I share the same thought as you... When I personally see a book that is "free" I wonder why it is free. A person puts a lot of effort into things and to give it away freely would make me wonder if something is wrong. I have no problem with the writer giving away limited copies for free as a promotional gig, but to have it free indefinitely in a store ...


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The original question: "If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?" No. But I would add to what others have written above. Amazon CreateSpace (not including KindleSelect) does not restrict you from selling your book elsewhere. You just cant use their ISBN to publish the book ...


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I'm not sure it's the ebook buyers who are the silly ones here. Of course people judge a book by its cover, as they should. To navigate the thousands or millions of books on a real or virtual shelf, a reader needs a guide. A good cover will convey genre and hint at the story inside. It sets an expectation for the reader that this story will fall inside the ...


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Amazon's content guidelines are notoriously nonspecific. Offensive Content What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. I assume there are multiple reasons for this: Offensive material is hard to narrow down to a set of well-defined guidelines (your question demonstrates an edge case for a seemingly-simple "no bestiality" rule). ...


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Amazon doesn't reveal stats like this. However, in 2017, The Written Word Media did an estimate based on the KU pot payout to make an estimate, which came out at 2.5-3 million readers: 2.5 million readers in KU is a lot of readers, and because our calculations are based on pages read it’s likely that the 2.5 Million number represents the active readers ...


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The author retains copyright. Amazon does not claim to control or own customer reviews. Instead they claim a right of "sublicense" where they are allowed to republish the review forever. They specifically use the term "nonexclusive". They claim no IP rights over your review, just the ability to display it (and parts of it) in any form on any media. ...


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Serializing a novel has been done before - traditionally this was done as part of periodic publications (so you would get say a chapter per issue of a magazine) but it has been done outside this environment as well. The only recent notable example that comes to mind is Stephen King's The Green Mile which was released in six smaller volumes - this worked IMO ...


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Social media. Get your friends to share it on Facebook. Link to it on Twitter. Make an Instagram post. Write a little review on Tumblr. Use enough hashtags that people will be able to find it and post during a time of day when more people are online. Get people to review it on Amazon.


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You can create the files for an e-book yourself. Amazon provides free software to help you do this. Kindle books are in HTML, the language of web pages, with some variations. So if you're familiar with HTML, you can do it yourself. If you're not familiar with HTML, and aren't prepared to learn, there are automated tools to create a Kindle file from an MS-...


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I published my book at CreateSpace, too. If an order gets in, they print the book, ship it to the buyer and collect the money. Simple work.


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If you have or can get hold of a couple of pieces of software, one being Microsoft Word (any old version) and the other being Calibre (free to download here) then you can use the instructions on this website to create an NCX table of contents in your HTML file: https://litworldinterviews.com/2015/07/02/how-to-create-a-ncx-table-of-contents-for-amazon-upload-...


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While a great many people speak English as a second language, and can thus enjoy reading a novel in English, the majority of people for whom English is the native language live in the US and the UK. (There's also Australia, Canada, South Africa and several others. However, Canada's population, for example, is half the UK's, and 1/10th of the US's. Australia'...


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Yes and no. I don't think many people purchase a book because of the cover. The cover will not give you direct sales (maybe a couple...). But imagine that you are looking for a book. Either knowing you want to buy something now or just browsing and seeing if something catches your eye. You're wandering through a bookstore where there are a couple ...


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If the amounts are small, and the relations between you are friendly, I'd think the simple solution would just be to have the amounts deposited in one bank account or the other, and then periodically -- monthly, once a year, whatever -- count up how much was deposited and the person who owns that account transfers half of it to the other. Amazon gives you ...


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As stated on a similar question on Quora, you can publish in multiple places if you publish with KDP. If, however, you publish with KDP Select, as stated in the terms and conditions, you cannot publish elsewhere: When you include a Digital Book in KDP Select, you give us the exclusive right to sell and distribute your Digital Book in digital format while ...


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You should check into the requirements to get an ISBN in your own country. In many countries you can get one for free, which will then be your own that you can use as you like. For my first book, the publisher gave me an ISBN of theirs. For my second book, I bought a block of 10 ISBNs from Bowkers, the American distributor of ISBNs. I think it cost me $250 ...


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One Missed Opportunity You could even put a link to your book on your StackExchange profile. It is very free and I just checked yours for the book. Unfortunately it was not there. Create a Blog Create a blog, start writing free articles and give them away and then give away the book there too. Create Web Site With Short Link Create a web site like ...


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Coming to this question 2 years after it was posted, I find the following: Of a total of 11 reviews, there is 1 5-star review, 1 4-star review, and 9 1-star reviews. Nothing in-between. Of the low reviews, some are clearly against you because of your positions. We will be attacked by the world and by the devil, we do not need these kinds of attacks ...


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Are they truly not marketed? They in fact are often marketed, though not in the conventional way! There are lots of sites out there that are used to advertise e-books on various e-book marketers, often by placing free chapters or short stories there. If a person likes the style, these reading samples often contain a link to the full book on Amazon in the ...


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People who call themselves experts aren't usually experts. Those bloggers bragging about how they just put a book on Amazon and it sells like gangbusters? They're leaving out part of the process. Maybe that "anonymous" name they're using is the same as one from an author that sold very well (could be their own book, or not). Maybe the book got found by ...


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According to my partner, who is an author on Amazon, "Romance" or one of its sub-genres is the correct category for work that contains graphic sex, but isn't correctly "erotica" (which is, apparently, just sexual). Science fiction or fantasy with graphic sex is "paranormal romance" or "speculative romance". Action novels with sex go under "contemporary ...


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Is it really true that many ebook buyers are silly enough to purchase a book simply because of its cover (and blurb) without first sampling the actual writing inside the book? I wouldn't use the word "silly" here, personally, because people have to wade through a ton of available material. There is a hierarchy of what people will find interesting when ...


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Are you talking about a cover for a paper book or a Kindle? For a paper book, you have to decide on a page size, and then the dimensions of the cover must match the page size. If your pages are, say, 6" x 9", then your cover had better be 6" x 9" or you have a problem. The thickness of the spine is determined by the number of pages in the book. Amazon ...


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I haven't heard of it. When you can get whole books for free, and many books for 99c, this seems an unlikely route to successful marketing. If any piecemeal approach has a chance of working, I'd suggest giving away 3 chapters for free, as a free sample of the writing quality, with a payment for the rest of the book. There are some authors using a scheme ...


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Most answers say "it's not a good idea" and that's what I'm going to say as well, but offer an example. Besides commercial or professional work, I occasionally visit fan-fiction platforms as well. And there, serialising a full work like you are asking about doing is pretty standard - a precious few only start sharing after they are done with at least the ...


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IANAL but I would suggest looking into legal actions for this. I mention this because deleting or removing reviews directly hurt your ability to make money and also your reputation. If people only see bad reviews, they will not buy it and may recognize your name later down the road with another book and avoid it as well. You may need to find a lawyer who ...


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