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kdpadmin

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Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 19, 2012 9:58 PM
 
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The goal of the Kindle Direct Publishing Community is to provide an environment where members, no matter how new or experienced, can freely exchange thoughts, ideas, and knowledge. The Community is a dedicated support tool, and we place tremendous value on the information exchanged by the Community. Users of these forums are expected to follow the guidelines that are in place across other Amazon websites, including Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=16465311

The following guidelines are critical to our goal and pertain to any content (including, but not limited to, text, images, videos, URLs, and references) within the Community. Please help us maintain this constructive environment by following these guidelines and encouraging your peers to do the same.

[b]-Participating in Our Community-[/b]

Kindle Direct Publishing is proud to provide this Community for you to get answers to your questions, collaborate, air your opinions about using our platform, discuss industry news, and create a professional network.

Honesty
Speak your mind! We want to hear what you have to say. What are our strengths? What can we do better? Help us support the Community more effectively by giving us honest feedback about the things we are succeeding at and constructive criticism about the things we can improve.

Respect
Say what you think, but please say it constructively. We encourage you to be open, but cannot accept use that demonstrates disrespect for others or offensive behavior.

Productivity
Use web real estate wisely. Have a question? No matter how complex, ask away and challenge your peers! However, please do not intentionally post content that demonstrates little or no relevance or disrupts the effective use of the forums in any way. Please communicate only in a manner that respects the time and energy of your peers.

Members may contribute:

• Posts that are topic-specific to the board and the thread.
• Questions that challenge your peers.
• Relevant knowledge, ideas, and experiences.
• Ideas for new features.
• Honest feedback about the things we are succeeding at and constructive criticism about the things we can improve.
• Posts with external website links and links to images as long as they are relevant, helpful, or if they provide an example for discussion relating to the Kindle Direct Publishing project.
• Posts announcing or requesting feedback on content created through Kindle Direct Publishing. Limit the promotion of your project to one thread.

While we appreciate your time and participation, we respectfully request that you follow some general guidelines on what not to post:

• Do not post images or remarks that are profane, obscene, or spiteful.
• Do not post content that demonstrates intolerance for or is insulting to other groups and individuals.
• Do not intentionally post content that demonstrates little or no relevance to Kindle Direct Publishing issues, or disrupts the effective use of the Community in any way. Use the Community tools only in a manner that respects the time and energy of your peers.
• Do not post advertisements or solicitations for external web sites, contests, paid service offerings,contributor or customer reviews, or other solicitations.
• Do not solicit Kindle Direct Publishing members on the discussion boards to be your potential customers.
• Do not post repeated announcements of a single topic or respond to a thread with the sole purpose of resurfacing it to the top of the discussion board, also known as bumping.
• Do not include phone numbers, email or physical addresses, or other personal information in your posts, images, or videos.
• Do not post threads that do not relate to the topic of the board.

If you would like to tell us about a specific problem with your Kindle Direct Publishing account, please submit a support request by visiting our Contact Us page.

[b]-Kindle Direct Publishing's Role in the Community-[/b]

Our team is actively involved in the Kindle Direct Publishing Community and we will regularly browse this forum, however, we cannot read every thread and post. For that reason, we rely on the Community to help us enforce the Community rules.

To protect your privacy and security, we will not reply to individual questions about specific titles or accounts here. Please contact us through our secure Contact Us at the bottom of each page for specific questions that need our attention.

We will continue to post relevant updates and news for our members here. Please check back often to stay abreast of what is happening at Kindle Direct Publishing.

As a team, we think a lot about which new features to build next for you. We will continue to use this forum to get your ideas and to gauge your interests. This will help us in launching new technologies and offerings within Kindle Direct Publishing.

Kindle Direct Publishing reserves the right to remove, edit, and determine the appropriateness or value related to content at its sole discretion, without notice.

Your use of the Kindle Direct Publishing Community is subject to the Amazon.com Conditions of Use.

Edited by: kdpadmin on Oct 26, 2012 3:34 AM

bronxvillage

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 12:57 AM   in response to: kdpadmin in response to: kdpadmin
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what brought this on?
camellifolia

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 9:21 AM   in response to: bronxvillage in response to: bronxvillage
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I don't know but I don't like these 2 restrictions:
1. "Do not post advertisements or solicitations for external web sites, contests, paid service offerings or other solicitations"
and
2. "Do not solicit Kindle Diect Publishing members on the discussion boards to be your potential customers.

What? No more people offering to format or make a book cover? No more lists of places where we can put our books out so someone might see them and buy them?No more letting each other know that we have a new book available for fear that we are soliciting other members to buy our books?

I found a person to do my bookcover on this forum. I'm very happy about that.
I answered a request from someone on this forum to give an interview and have my information put out there in hopes of gaining a little recognition. KDP does not offer that kind of exposure.

I'm sure there are many, many others with many other examples of positive experiences from 'External" sources.

We were already restricted from the customer forums, why not just let us alone? Now I do agree with respect and honesty and removing Trolls, but even that kind of thing doesn't usually last too long before the instigators grow tired or bored and move on.
stealthmunchkin

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 9:50 AM   in response to: bronxvillage in response to: bronxvillage
 
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I suspect it may have to do with a thread from earlier this week, which has now disappeared, in which amongst other things an 'author' made death threats against me for pointing out that his 'book' was twenty pages long and full of elementary mistakes.

Personally, I like the rules about not soliciting for custom here. I don't think anyone minds posts of the "my new book's out!" type, but some people constantly spam the forums, and they make the signal/noise ratio awful.
saxon21

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:09 AM   in response to: kdpadmin in response to: kdpadmin
 
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Their stadium, their ball, their rules. Oh well, I'll discuss this with the noids and see if they still want to play.
tracihilton

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:16 AM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
 
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The noids don't charge. I'd say they're all good. ; )

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:17 AM   in response to: kdpadmin in response to: kdpadmin
 
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Well, I guess I will not be posting at this board much, if at all, anymore.

Amazon is foolishly shooting themselves in their own foot. The authors here are also readers so this is a very large base for possible customers as well as giving aid and support to and for other writers - but Amazon doesn't want us to say anything about our books apparently or have threads where others can add their books as well.

My blog site has pictures of my book covers, blurbs, excerpts and URLs which would take a customer directly to Amazon to buy the e-book - but Amazon doesn't want me to mention any external sites.

Okay Amazon, have it your way, but you're making a really BIG mistake.
therrimouse

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 11:17 AM   in response to: camellifolia in response to: camellifolia
 
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Only now, KDP has deigned to post on this community what I told people LAST WEEK about the changes to the guidelines, tightening topic allowances, and so on, and people laughed me off the thread. You can tell them for me that they are only now learning what I found out then. Cassandra I am not.

If that is KDP's position about communication through the forum, then it is now a closed forum and there is no point in my continuing participation. I will be going elsewhere, and I suggest that anyone inconvenienced by these guidelines do the same. If there is no possibility of free expression in order to share information which may be of a vital nature, then the thought police have indeed taken over. Good luck to you all.
joeveramu

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 12:11 PM   in response to: kdpadmin in response to: kdpadmin
 
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These rules that I've copied below are very pertinent and I don't see why we indies can't abide by it.
I don't see the forum as a place where indies spam it with endless book promotions. This should be done in our sociual network sites.
Joseph

Do not post images or remarks that are profane, obscene, or spiteful.
• Do not post content that demonstrates intolerance for or is insulting to other groups and individuals.
• Do not intentionally post content that demonstrates little or no relevance to Kindle Direct Publishing issues, or disrupts the effective use of the Community in any way. Use the Community tools only in a manner that respects the time and energy of your peers.
• Do not post advertisements or solicitations for external web sites, contests, paid service offerings, or other solicitations.
• Do not solicit Kindle Direct Publishing members on the discussion boards to be your potential customers.
• Do not post repeated announcements of a single topic or respond to a thread with the sole purpose of resurfacing it to the top of the discussion board, also known as bumping.
• Do not include phone numbers, email or physical addresses, or other personal information in your posts, images, or videos.
• Do not post threads that do not relate to the topic of the board.
psychicvampire

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 12:33 PM   in response to: joeveramu in response to: joeveramu
 
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I'm glad these were posted. I had no idea we could not post our own book promotions to let our fellow authors know about them. I was also not aware that authors could not go to the other forums to post a bout their books to kindle customers. I've never gone to the other forums but still it's good to know.

I know I'm guilty of telling authors about write to breathe. Didn't know we couldn't do that either. SO thanks the update.
saxon21

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 12:42 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
 
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Hey, you can stop packing. Traci says we're good to go.
Really?
Yes, really.....You look disappointed.
I was looking forward to moving to California. You know that is national headquarters for noids.
Yeah but there is a glut on the market out there. Everyone has four or more.
I was kinda hoping for a potential Academy Award Winner.
They have ten noids each.
Oh.
loricgram

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 1:24 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
 
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I don't see how this is bad thing...

The only real "changes" are that you can't openly be a jerk and you can't spam everyone with ads for your book.

Most people in this thread can attest i'm one of the first to complain when something is done wrong, stupid, inaccurately, or otherwise inconveniences me in any way, shape, or form.

This? This is just cleaning up what had essentially become an unruly mess.
aussiewriter23

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 1:44 PM   in response to: therrimouse in response to: therrimouse
 
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Perhaps what KDP needs to do is create another single forum specifically for authors here to promote their work, and for artists, proof-readers, reviewers, interviewers etc to offer their services.

Not every author has the talent or the time to create visual masterpieces as cover art, or fine tune their words into harmonious prose. It would be useful then if KDP created a marketplace environment for artists/writers/proofreaders etc to come together and share ideas or services so a better end product can be downloaded to Amazon and be bought by customers.
bronxvillage

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 1:50 PM   in response to: kdpadmin in response to: kdpadmin
 
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The only problem I have with these new rules is, there is now no way someone can prove how many books they are selling. Other than that, I never understood advertising your book here. The little promotion that I do, I try to do it where I can get the most potential readers for my effort.
ignaciodemure

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Re: Kindle Direct Publishing Community Guidelines
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 2:09 PM   in response to: bronxvillage in response to: bronxvillage
 
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spot on bronxie, trying to hawk your work here is like trying to sell ex-lax at taco bell. but who cares? what i would like to know is: what if you find something or someone's book interesting, can you ask them where to find their stuff? will they be allowed to post an answer?
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