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Amz has been less than responsive to a glitch it put on one of my e-books.  It's a middle book in a series.  Now it's gone, disappeared, not anywhere.  I've been a month trying to get it back - even wrote to Jeff dot Amz ... got two responses a week apart, both times telling me they are looking into it.

I've decided to remove my ebooks and go with D2D, maybe?  If so, my choice is to leave my books already with Amz, and just go D2D with the new novels (two, Jan and Feb release) ... does it make sense to go with all e-books at D2D, and just leave print at Amz.  I'm wide with Amz, but that doesn't do much aside from USA and UK, few Au. Would it make more sense to put all e-books with D2D?

I'm in Select, so will run out in Jan, and not renew ... So choices are wide open. 
Mostly, I'm burnt out on lack of customer service, and Amz making changes that I'd prefer not.

For, example. New Author Page transferred some of my books and info inaccurately. Have no clue what this new company running it means. But it's equally non-responsive to the errors, just tells me to go in and fix it all.  Not my error!!    Ranting a bit, but upset about it, and Amz in general.
 

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going with d2d is not wide because you could get your account banned with d2d. the better choice is to go direct with the main wide platforms like apple, bn, kobo, google, etc. use d2d as a last resort.
 

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Amz has been less than responsive to a glitch it put on one of my e-books. It's a middle book in a series. Now it's gone, disappeared, not anywhere. I've been a month trying to get it back - even wrote to Jeff dot Amz ... got two responses a week apart, both times telling me they are looking into it.

I've decided to remove my ebooks and go with D2D, maybe? If so, my choice is to leave my books already with Amz, and just go D2D with the new novels (two, Jan and Feb release) ... does it make sense to go with all e-books at D2D, and just leave print at Amz. I'm wide with Amz, but that doesn't do much aside from USA and UK, few Au. Would it make more sense to put all e-books with D2D?

I'm in Select, so will run out in Jan, and not renew ... So choices are wide open.
Mostly, I'm burnt out on lack of customer service, and Amz making changes that I'd prefer not.

For, example. New Author Page transferred some of my books and info inaccurately. Have no clue what this new company running it means. But it's equally non-responsive to the errors, just tells me to go in and fix it all. Not my error!! Ranting a bit, but upset about it, and Amz in general.
Another choice for you is like this:

* Publish to Amazon by yourself (Existing books and new books)
* Publish to other platforms through D2D (Exsiting books and new books)
 

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You can let D2D put your ebooks books on Amazon, so there's that. As long as none are blocked, and your account isn't terminated, they'll do that, for their typical cut.

Listen, no site is perfect. Mistakes happen, glitches happen. Amazon seems weird right now, but they'll straighten up. The virus is causing all sorts of issues with things. Going from one place to another isn't going to change that. All any of us can do is make a choice, and work with that choice.
 

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D2D takes a 10% cut on sales. If you're selling few books, this is likely worth it for the lack of hassle uploading to other retailers. And they also do a great job helping authors get promos on Apple.

That said, once you're selling lots of books, that 10% adds up fast. Like others, I advocate uploading directly to the major retailers (Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Nook, and Google) and just using D2D to sop up the smaller sites and those you can't reach on your own.
 

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LUO BAI said:
Another choice for you is like this:

* Publish to Amazon by yourself (Existing books and new books)
* Publish to other platforms through D2D (Exsiting books and new books)
This is what I am doing, and so far it is working well for me. Smashwords is another option for going wide, but I always struggled to meet their formatting requirements, so for me, D2D + Amazon works better.
 

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going with d2d is not wide because you could get your account banned with d2d. the better choice is to go direct with the main wide platforms like apple, bn, kobo, google, etc. use d2d as a last resort.
Clarify, please. Not sure what that means.
 

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Clarify, please. Not sure what that means.
OP here ... Yeah, me neither.

But a general statement about individual wide distribution and the myriad of tech requirements.

My experience tells me individual wide distribution takes a significant amount of time, especially if one is less than tech astute. If one spends a percentage of revenue on Ads and Distribution specialists, it more than makes up for the hours we spend "Not Writing". Personally, I'm a writer, not a tech expert nor a social media expert. Advertising and Promotion is a separate profession, and best done by professionals in that field, assuming you chose the right pro for it.

I understand some writers can do both successfully. I'm not one of those, and would rather share the revenue than give up the time it takes away from my creative side. JMHO ... Boxer 44
 

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But a general statement about individual wide distribution and the myriad of tech requirements.
Do you mean formatting to different retailers wide? Is that what you mean by tech?

If you want the easiest way to go wide, throw an ePub on D2D. Or create one with D2D's software. You can even use D2D for Amazon, so everything goes through them. When you get used to their site, it doesn't take much more know-how than using Amazon. Then you're wide. This is the easiest way to do it and, from your comments on time and "not writing", D2D may be the way to go for you for everything.

That being said, the best way to go wide is to learn how to plug your book into as many independent retailers as possible. You'll get a better cut (like ^^aimeeasterling said) and more options for marketing. I have my books direct on the following: Amazon, D2D (mainly for Apple), Smashwords, Kobo, B&N and GooglePlay.
 

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I started dropping KU last fall. and taking the ebooks wide through D2D. One important factor to me is their access to the Library market. I left the books on Amazon, and just did a wide edition for D2D. Their Books 2 Read links that I use in my adds show all retailers, including Amazon, which I do not access through D2D.
https://books2read.com/ap/8Zj2D8/AG-Kimbrough
I've also found them to be good people to work with, and their support (email & phone) is responsive and helpful.
They don't have access to Google Play yet...
 

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I started dropping KU last fall. and taking the ebooks wide through D2D. One important factor to me is their access to the Library market. I left the books on Amazon, and just did a wide edition for D2D. Their Books 2 Read links that I use in my adds show all retailers, including Amazon, which I do not access through D2D.
https://books2read.com/ap/8Zj2D8/AG-Kimbrough
I've also found them to be good people to work with, and their support (email & phone) is responsive and helpful.
They don't have access to Google Play yet...
Amz did resolve the conflict I had with one novel - and initiated my 'look around' - took them a month though :(

KU drops off next month. I'll probably go with D2D on wide distribution, and leave Amz as is, and same with two releases coming January and March. Altho, I'm wide in Amz too, so, not sure if I need to drop that if going wide with D2D ... will find out.

Seems no though, although as I think it, Amz only goes wide with print, not e-book? Anyone know?
 

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If you use D2D but also have a direct account on, say, Amazon, how does that work? Does D2D automatically merge with any existing accounts or do your books get duplicate listings?

I'm thinking of going wide as KU is not working well for me and I also have issues with Amazon limitations.
 

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If you use D2D but also have a direct account on, say, Amazon, how does that work? Does D2D automatically merge with any existing accounts or do your books get duplicate listings?

I'm thinking of going wide as KU is not working well for me and I also have issues with Amazon limitations.
When you go with D2D, you choose which outlets you want your book to be offered on. Amazon is just one of them, so you don't tick the Amazon box and D2D won't publish to Amazon.
 

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Going direct is not this huge, time-consuming task that so many authors assume.

It's a one-time upload. Generally it takes me well under an hour to upload a book everywhere.

One hour of my time. Vs, uploading to d2d once---and then paying 10-15% every month on all sales.

That's $150 for every 1000 in sales. Every month.

For that one upload.

I do well over 10k a month outside of Amazon, so for me that would be over $1500 monthly.

I'd rather spend that one hour and save a boatload of money.

Just throwing some numbers out there.....not sure if everyone does the math before making this decision.
 
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