The following has started to appear on some books in the Kindle store:
Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
It did appear on at least one of my titles, through no action of mine.
I'm seeing questions from readers. Amazon states that "Most books" have [b]six[/b] licenses.
Are these "simultaneous" device in addition to one standard license (meaning the six licenses that people have most often), or are DTP books being limited to five devices?
My books have the same line added to them without my requesting those limitations. This, along with the elimination of discounts on DTP titles, is putting DTP authors at a disadvantage. Is that the plan?
I started noticing this on my books as well. However I don't see it as a bad thing necessarily. What is happening is that the Kindle is getting popular and their are now homes with more than one. If you and your spouse both have a Kindle that are on the same account you can download the book to both Kindles. However if you recommend a book to someone at work they still have to buy there own copy because they are not on your account. I don't see any harm in it.
It is a problem in that people with six devices (say, a three-Kindle family with the Kindle application also on three iPhones) will be able to view the book on only five of those six devices. It also sets our books apart from those books that are available for six devices. At the time I bought my Kindle, I believe all the e-books were licensed for six devices. I don't recall ever running into one that wasn't. I don't understand why Amazon has done this and I'd like to see them explain their thinking.
That part (simultaneous use on multiple devices on the same account) has always been true, ifreelance, and is one of the best things about the Kindle store.
However, Amazon has said "Most books.." have six licenses. The concern here is that the message is indicating to savvy Kindle users that our books have [b]fewer[/b] licenses than "most" books. They'd be getting 17% (roughly) less value from DTP books than from the typical traditional publisher title.
Five licenses may sound like a lot, but it's not that many. We have three Kindles and an iPhone in my family...so we've already used four licenses, if we put the same book on all four devices.
For newbie Kindle users the message may be a plus, since it more explicitly states the multiple license advantage. For experienced users, it makes it seem like we have chosen to offer fewer licenses than is typical. I've seen readers asking about it, so that's why I'm looking for the clarification.