Wow. This is a momentous occasion. My very first blog post.
And a momentous announcement to fill it. Avery J. Moon is leaving the Kindle Unlimited program and going wide.
The good news is that very shortly (within a matter of weeks), you will be able to find my work on every major ebook retailer. Hopefully, that will mean that readers everywhere can find me and read my novels.
The bad news is that my books will no longer be available to read for free via the Kindle Unlimited program. I hate that. I really do.
But I have my reasons, believe me. In short, KU has some very unscrupulous authors in it that are gaming the system to get credited for page reads without actually having readers READ those pages. That’s how we authors get paid… per page read.
To combat that, Amazon has come up with some kind of automated ‘scambot’ that is simply not working. Instead of taking out the bad guys, it is hitting a lot of innocent authors.
I am one of them.
I very much thank each and every one of my readers who has downloaded one or more of my books and read them through the KU program. However, in April, Amazon took back half of my page reads for the month of March. As you might recall, that was the month I released Separation Anxiety. I’m thinking my increased page reads from the new release, plus the fact that I ran sales on the first two books must have triggered (and greatly angered) the above mentioned scambot.
Please know that if the issue had stopped there, I would still be offering my books in the KU program, because all of you KU readers are absolutely awesome!
But Amazon added fuel to the fire. They threatened to terminate my account if it happened again. According to them, someone (or someones) that read my books in KU was guilty of manipulating page reads. However, instead of punishing the reader/s, they have decided that we authors must be the culprits.
Think about it for a minute. How can an author STOP someone from reading their book? Answer (other than taking the book out of KU) is that they can’t.
This left me (and a lot of other innocent authors, by the way) with two choices. Leave the Kindle Unlimited program, or risk having our entire account terminated.
Not much of a choice.
It is my hope that you will continue to read and enjoy my work, even though they are no longer available in KU.
I will keep writing, and my books will still be available in the Amazon store. They will also shortly be available at Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and Apple.
Again, my apologies to all my Kindle Unlimited readers. This was not a choice I made lightly.
Until my next post.
Avery J. Moon