Is there a way to "buy" my own book free? After I upload content into the store, I would like to try out how it really works getting the item through the store and seeing it on the iPhone and all that. But I obviously do not want to actually pay for my own item.
Is there a provision for this? How would that work?
There is a preview html copy you can download, but I don't know how accurate that would be. You can create a copy with Mobipocket and upload the prc file to your iPhone. Mobipocket allows you to register two devices to preview your titles on.
Well, that pretty much sucks. Seems like a part of Amazon's process that is broken if you ask me. Especially since their preview modes leave so much to be desired since they are completely inaccurate.
We are doing the MobiPocket previews. In fact, we have an in-house process that takes our content and automatically turns it into MobiPocket format, which is what we then submit to Amazon.
So we are happy with that part, but a) it is just a preview and not a way to check the real thing, and b) it just seems ridiculous that I would have to buy my own content back from Amazon. Seems to me that if I publish something and give it to Amazon so we can make money together, I should have the right to see my own stuff for free. Or at least, basic business-moral principles would suggest that that would be the fair thing to do...
There actually is a way to do this for a minimal amount if you wanted to test out the entire end-to-end process: Simply set the initial price at a low bvalue, say 99 cents (you may even be able to set it for 0.00, but I haven't done this), and then make a purchase. Doing this will also get you 35 cents back in royalty so your net outlay is only 64 cents.
Once you have done your test, you can reset the price to the higher amount. The only other downside is the delay we have been noticing that it takes Amazon to adjust prices and thus you may have lost revenue from the resulting low price remaining in effect for a while.