Horror in Kindle Unlimited: two status changes

I have many horror titles in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription reading service for ebooks.

Two short story collections, though, will be exiting KU before the end of this month (October 2021):

Hay Moon and Other Stories: Sixteen Modern Tales of Horror and Suspense
I Know George Washington: Five Dark Tales

These two collections comprise some of my oldest stories. Hay Moon contains stories that I wrote between 2009 and 2010. The stories in I Know George Washington were written in 2015 and 2016.

The reason for the change is: I want to make the stories in these books available here on my website. Both of these books will still be available on Amazon for purchase, though, in either ebook or paperback format.

Why are these two titles coming out of Kindle Unlimited, though? If you aren’t an author/publisher yourself, you might not be aware of the rules of the program: Amazon requires all titles in Kindle Unlimited to be exclusive in electronic text format. That basically means: they can’t be available anywhere but Amazon if published in electronic, text-based form.

This is a double-edged sword. On one hand, this rule ensures that subscribers to Kindle Unlimited are legitimately paying for content that they can’t get elsewhere. Otherwise, Kindle Unlimited would fill up with public domain works (like the complete works of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens). All of Wattpad would be in Kindle Unlimited, too. This would dilute the inventory over there.

On the other hand, though, the exclusivity requirement prevents publication in some legitimate venues that could serve additional readers. If I place a book in Kindle Unlimited, I can’t publish it on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, or Apple Books. Nor can I publish it here on my website.

As a writer/publisher, I am generally happy with both Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. But there are situations in which the rules of the program conflict with something else that I want to do with a title, and this is one of those times.

Never fear, though, I plan to keep all my other horror titles in Kindle Unlimited, including my new horror series, The Rockland Horror.

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