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LUKE BAKER

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Republishing book after switching from one publisher to KDP
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 4:17 AM
 
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Hi --
I originally published my novel, Dateline Baghdad, via Booktango (I know), which made it available on Kindle via Amazon.com, .co.uk and lots of other e-book outlets.

The book sold well and earned good reviews, but then Booktango fell out with Amazon (for reasons that are still unclear to me) and all its books were pulled from Kindle. Since then, I have closed my contract with Booktango and republished the book using KDP (which I probably should have done in the first place).

I have two questions -- Does anyone know if the reviews I earned previously will be 'attached' to the new edition of the book on Amazon sites?

The book is completely unchanged, same title etc. And because it was previously available on amazon.com and .co,uk, I have 12 or so reviews on one site and 10 or so on the other. Is there any way of consolidating all reviews in one place, or so they appear all together on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk?

Also welcome any marketing tips people may have. thanks a lot.

Luke Baker
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Re: Republishing book after switching from one publisher to KDP
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 4:46 AM   in response to: LUKE BAKER in response to: LUKE BAKER
 
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It's a completely different book to Amazon, so the reviews likely won't transfer (lots of books have the same title, so that won't tie them together). You can try asking Amazon to switch them, but don't be surprised if they don't.

Now you can enter the exciting world of getting customer reviews, just like the rest of us. Woooooo! {Lots of threads about that already, so look around.}
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Republishing book after switching from one publisher to KDP
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 7:35 AM   in response to: LUKE BAKER in response to: LUKE BAKER
 
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When you do get reviews for your books, the U.K. reviews will not migrate out of that store. The U.S. reviews might migrate to another store, but if they do they will be all the way to the bottom of the page where no one will see them and they will not contribute to your rating.

BTW, If you chose Select, be sure to have documentary evidence on hand to prove that you terminated your contract, that you now have control over them, and that you specifically ordered your previous publisher to remove electronic copies of your books from all stores and websites. Just in case, you understand.
Notjohn

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Re: Republishing book after switching from one publisher to KDP
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 8:13 AM   in response to: LUKE BAKER in response to: LUKE BAKER
 
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Does anyone know if the reviews I earned previously will be 'attached' to the new edition of the book on Amazon sites?

It won't happen automagically, because your edition will have a different ASIN than the publisher's version. However, you can use the Contact Us option (bottom of this page, right side) to ask Support for help. Give them the ASINs and explain the situation. I think that will work.

Is there any way of consolidating all reviews in one place, or so they appear all together on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk?

No. Reviews are unique to the country in which they were first posted. (Though Amazon.com reviews appear on the UK site and some others. They are segregated and aren't counted in the average of stars. For example, if you have eight five-star reviews on amazon.com but no reviews on amazon.co.uk, the UK store will not show a star rating for that book.

Good luck! -- NJ

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