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The Amazon Game: Are Books Disappearing from Amazon’s US Site?

Lately, indie authors have noticed something hinky with Amazon’s e-books. They seem to be disappearing from the Amazon US site.

When my novels fell victim to this crime, I tried to find them via my Bookshelf in KDP. Here’s what I found, using my novel Poison Pen as an example:

I’d never seen this “feature” before, but today I noticed that when you hover over “Live” on your KDP book, you get this:

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When you click on “See title availability details” you get this:

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When you drill down into “View details” in the row pertaining to Amzon.com (notice the Status for it says “Limited availability”), you get this:

PP_USAvailability

Notice how in Canada it says “Unavailable”?

Scroll back up to the image with the Availability Report for Poison Pen. Notice how the row for Amazon.ca says “Live”? When I view the details on that, I see this:

PP_AmazonCAAvailability

It seems Amazon isn’t removing e-books and making them unavailable for purchase. They are mucking around with visibility depending on the country you’re in. This is causing frustration amongst authors who want to check their pages on countries they don’t reside in.

What’s scary for us non-US residents is the fear that users searching for books to read will no longer find these books in the search results. I’ve often searched in Amazon US for something and then clicked on the CA link to view it on the Canada site. Now that I understand (I think) what’s happening, I’ll do those searches on the Canadian site.

I’ve also noticed that direct links will get you the book’s page in the US even if it’s unavailable for you to purchase there.

While this new feature *cough* bug *cough* will take some getting used to, we’ll have to see how it shakes out and affects sales.

Amazon: unilaterally moving the goal posts for authors once again.

Injury Shortlisted for Best Book Award

InjurySo excited. I received this notice from ReadFreely and would like to politely beg, I mean, request you to please vote for Injury:
 
Hi Val,
 
At ReadFree.ly we’ve started an exciting new competition to crown the Best Book We’ve Read All Year. And Injury has made the shortlist….
 
…So what do you need to do? Nothing really; you’ve already done the hard part, you’ve written the book. However, you may wish to encourage your fans to visit our site and vote for Injury: there’s a link on our homepage, or they can go here – http://www.readfree.ly/bbwray2018/ ….
 
If you’d like to read Injury, you can download it here for #FREE: https://www.books2read.com/injury
 
Thank you for your help and support!

The Experiencers Discounted for Limited Time

The ExperiencersIf you’ve ever wanted to read The Experiencers, now is a good time to get it. The price for the e-book has been reduced to .99 for a limited number of readers. After the promotion, it’ll return to its regular price of $2.99.

It’s available for download through various retailers.

Synopsis

Assassin Michael Valiant deals death without question on the orders of the Agency. He knows it’s all in the name of duty and the fight against terror, particularly at a time when the earth is as close as it’s ever been to self-destructing.

But Michael questions his agency’s motives when he’s ordered to silence a group of UFO enthusiasts who look less like terrorists than they do housewives and nerds. His attempts to uncover the truth arouse the suspicions of his partner and boss with tragic consequences. Michael finds himself running for his life and dragging his intended target along with him.

Can he save them both, or will the Agency and the aliens find them first?

A new age science fiction thriller that delves into existing UFO and doomsday weaponry conspiracy theories, The Experiencers keeps readers riveted with non-stop action while the characters struggle to control destinies that may have been determined lifetimes ago.

Author Ian D. Moore

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Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

My first novel created originally as a short story, this book crosses the realm of scientific warfare with the greed of shale gas fracking producing horrific results. A multi billion pound energy company chooses a sleepy secluded purpose- built town to drill beneath in the quest to find shale gas. A freelance reporter and the mysterious leader of the town residents committee team up to fight the corporate giants who unwittingly unleash one of science’s fiercest creations into the atmosphere, turning tens of thousands into mindless zombies intent on one thing and one thing only……..KILLING.

The race is on to find a cure and save the population inbetween a quest for power, bribery and corruption. The story features very graphic scenes of violence, explicit love scenes and an edge of the seat storyline culminating in an end with a twist you won’t see coming. If you’re into your zombie stories and revel in a bit of blood, guts and gore then grab yourself a cuppa, kick back and enjoy the ride, you’ll LOVE this!!

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About Author Ian D Moore

A trucker based at Goole Tesco DC, fledgling author of Salby Damned. I live with my partner of two years in Selby, North Yorkshire but am originally from Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham. Now aged 43, I have two sons of my own and another step son and step daughter, all of whom I love dearly. Having written short stories and poetry for many years, I was challenged to write a story for my sister Helen which lead to the first novel being published. It has been a learning curve but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am now working on another novel, but all in good time ;’)

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YOU’RE NOT ALONE Anthology

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Author Ian D Moore Spearheads Anthology for Cancer Support Charity

An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care. Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers and bloggers – all of whom have a place in our acknowledgements.

You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work. 100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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