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Steve Campitelli

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Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 1:11 AM
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Is there any time during a file update that a book file is unavailable? I.e. when I upload an updated mobi to bookshelf, is there any period where the file is not available to buyers?

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Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 1:35 AM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
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Steve Campitelli wrote:
Is there any time during a file update that a book file is unavailable? I.e. when I upload an updated mobi to bookshelf, is there any period where the file is not available to buyers?

No, not unless you have unplublished at some point (which you don't need to do). It should just flip from the original to the updated version when Amazon flick the switch. They'll email you (usually) to let you know when that is.

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Steve Campitelli

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Re: Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 1:40 AM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
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Thanks Julia

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Re: Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:52 AM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
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For ebooks, the switchover is seamless (some people may be getting the old version even as others are getting the new one). For paperbacks, the book may go off sale for several hours.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Steve Campitelli

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Re: Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:03 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Cheers man

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Scott Reid

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Re: Availability during updates?
Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:54 PM   in response to: Steve Campitelli in response to: Steve Campitelli
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The above said, there really does appear to be a drop off in sales for a day or two after I make updates. The book is available, but how it shows up in search results and Amazon's algorithm for exposure may be disrupted until the system works out where your book should be with whatever changes you've made.
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