David Watson wrote:
You people are incredibly stupid. A lightening strike nailed my hard drive, and I need my text back. If Amazon won't give me my own property back, then that is something I need to consider seriously.
There are other ways to self-publish, and Bezos doesn't need my money.
Any writer with an ounce of intelligence backs up their work in the cloud, or on a memory stick, or simply emails themselves their manuscripts.
And it's rather stupid to reply to a thread, where the last post was in 2015.
I don't mean any disrespect to anyone here on this particular thread, but buying your own book just to check the formatting or to make sure you catch any typos or whatever in the manuscript you uploaded is just stupid. Likewise, downloading a stupid mobi file and going through all of this nonsense with trying 'unpack' the damn thing like some fool is also dumb. All you have to do is to go to the author central site that Amazon has set up for self-published authors. Log into the site with your Amazon password, then scroll down the bottom of the web page and click "Contact Us". Once you do that, you'll see several text fields to choose from that allow you to let Amazon know that you'd like to have help with your book's content. After that is done, an option to have email sent you from the staff at kdp or receive a phone call from them goes live. I prefer to call, since it's faster. Once they call you, which usually takes a minute or two, you ask the customer service rep to send the latest updated version of your manuscript to whatever you use to read your kindle books, whether its a kindle e-reader or an app on an iDevice or Android device. They will be happy to comply. That's it, easy as pie, and a heckuva lot better than purchasing your own book. If you have to resort to that then you shouldn't have published the damn thing in the first place.
I'm just trying to help people who apparently haven't solved this issue, since the last post before mine was in March of this year. Hopefully this will put an end to this thread so they can close it and move on to something else.
All you need to be concerned with is whether my comment provided an actual solution to the issue. In the two years or so since this thread has been open, not one comment has offered anything constructive, understand? I'm the only one who offered a genuine solution to the issue so step off alright? Did you offer a genuine solution to the problem? No you didn't, and frankly buying your own book like some of these fools suggested, reeks of deceit and dishonor. Production and Word of Mouth is the only that works in this business not buying your own damn book or prattling on about it on social media. So shut up, because you clearly had nothing constructive to add to the thread.
If I had known that the KDP PDF download would not work after using Kindle Create and having no other copy, I would never have used Kindle Create. KC is a one-way street - at least in Beta - somewhere it said a work copy is provided. Not true. You either have everything perfect in MS Word before uploading to KC or you'll have to rewrite on Word any changes you made in KC. That to me renders KC useless and I am disappointed that now I have to jump through hoops just to get a work copy of my several Trilogy books with a release date for two books tomorrow. Avoid Kindle Create - it's not even close to being an effective beta program.
buying your own book just to check the formatting or to make sure you catch any typos or whatever in the manuscript you uploaded is just stupid.
Actually, it's NOT buying your book that's stupid. There are changes made in the actual publishing workflow, AFTER we have done our utmost. If you don't buy the book, you don't ever see what the purchaser is getting. And you also don't get your royalty or a pleasant bump in sales ranking. I always try to be the first person to buy a copy of every ebook, and whenever I upload a new version, I ask Support to "push" a copy to my Kindle archives, to keep my copy up to date.
I recommend that policy to everyone you have insulted here.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)