“Something I think about frequently is the large amount of factors that lead to a book being covered or not. Most exclusion comes down to how much money there is, in one way or another. If a publisher can afford to get more advanced copies into the hands of more critics, it’s more likely that the book will receive coverage. On the other side, publications that have enough money and space to pay more reviewers will cover more books. Time, as they say, is money also, and I think time is an underrated factor.”
Thanks to Chris McMullen for providing this very important update.
What I choose to do with my own property (a proof copy) is my own business, not Amazon KDP’s business.
I will not be starting any new projects with them, now that CreateSpace is defunct.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS: PROTEST TO AMAZON KDP THIS USURPATION OF OWNERSHIP
What cheek! There is no end to Amazon’s brass neck!
WE are the authors. WE are the publishers. WE are the copyright owners, which includes owning the right to dispose of any printed proof copies in our possession in any way we see fit, whether we sell them as seconds, or as one-of-a-kind versions that someday may well become more valuable to their subsequent owners than ownership of an “approved” version copy that many other people may purchase.
Moreover, any subsequent owner of a printed book has the same right to dispose of his own property by re-selling it. This is a boon to authors, for while we do not realize any more revenue from a re-sale, we do get more eyes on our works. This is akin to the loaning of a copy purchased by a public library: A library is exercising its property rights by loaning what it owns, and the exposure constitutes advertising for authors.
DON’T LET AMAZON GET AWAY WITH LARCENY!
This theft also constitutes COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, because Amazon is falsely claiming ownership of the sole right to dictate the disposition of a copy of another person’s intellectual property, and thus that the revenue Amazon gained from the initial sale of the proof copy to the author constitutes the only revenue that can be generated by that copy of that work.
THIS FRAUDULENT BEHAVIOR MAY BE GROUNDS FOR A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST AMAZON.
I believe this action on Amazon’s part constitutes consumer fraud, larceny, and a form of copyright infringement, and thus may be grounds for a class-action lawsuit seeking an injunction, damages for lost revenue, and litigation costs. Authors in the hundreds, if not thousands (or even more, considering Amazon KDP’s volume of Indie author output) may have in their possession such ill-branded proof copies, and if they unite, they can put a stop to this practice.
For basic information about class-action lawsuits, see this website:
Ever since I made the switch from CreateSpace to KDP Print, when I order a proof copy there is a horizontal “Not for Resale” strip running across the front cover, spine, and back cover.
CreateSpace didn’t add this strip, but KDP does.
(To be clear, this is just for PROOF copies. Once you publish your book, you can order AUTHOR COPIES that don’t have this strip. It’s just the PROOF copies that are affected.)
Sometimes, that strip interferes with part of the cover that I’m trying to proof. In particular, it often prints over words on the spine or back cover.
My solution is to open the PDF of the cover in Photoshop, crop the image to just the back cover, and print the back cover on my home printer. Similarly, I crop the cover to take a magnified close-up of the spine text and…