Amazon IS cracking down on Public Domain! This is actually very Good News in my opinion.
You have walked in your favorite book store and found a few books that look like interesting reads. They are a not too expensive and you purchase them all.
You get home with your new book selection... and check your mail box on the way in the door.
What's this? A coupon for your favorite book store - the store you just left - where you can redeem this coupon and get each one of the books you just brought home FREE. You are not a happy camper.
Now... consider this:
You've got these books in your hand and you notice something about them. They are different than the FREE versions. They might have some or all of this content:
- A complimentary audio version.
- A complimentary video version.
- They are actually a compilation of the authors works.
- They are a compilation of similar content in your favorite topic.
- They are revised and updated with your rewritten content (and you have added comments or other content found elsewhere).
- They have added images - graphics - lists - worksheets - guides.
- The title - format - and content barely resembles the FREE version.
- The books you just paid for are worth every penny - because they are BETTER than the free version.
What You Have Purchased Is Considered A Derivative Work!
Yesterday - I got this great question:
I was recently listening to a webinar by someone selling a course on how to sell books for Kindle on Amazon (I did not purchase the course). They talked about buying PLR books & rewriting them to sell on Kindle, they said to stay away from public domain (there was a place when uploading the book that you check whether it's public domain or your own content) because Amazon is cracking down on public domain, do you know anything about this, whether or not this is true?
I know exactly which webinar this was mentioned. It was a webinar hosted by James J. Jones about publishing PLR books on Kindle.
I contacted James about this:
This is Debra Conrad from Public Domain Treasure Hunter and I'm a bit concerned about James sharing the idea that using Public Domain on Amazon is NOT a good plan.
I've been flooded with questions from my readers that are also loyal fans (as I am) of James Jones. In fact I first found out about Public Domain from James years ago!
I understand that James PLR product is what he is promoting with these webinars - but I'm a huge fan of combining PLR and Public Domain content to create unique products to sell on Amazon with CreateSpace and for Kindle.
In fact I have many of my readers who are doing just that!
Using easy to find Public Domain content from the free archives is NOT the path I suggest to my readers.
I suggest using the harder to find (newer) Public Domain content (like the books found on my Best Public Domain Books site) as my main focus. But... many of these members are concerned about and feeling discouraged by some of James comments about Public Domain.
James is a well known and trusted figure in internet marketing... and I'm sure he knows the value of using Public Domain content in a variety of ways.
I would hope that James would clarify the reasons behind his comments so that I can relive the concerns of my readers.
I got a response from James right away...
I tell people to not upload Public Domain works into the Kindle DTP Platform because amazon only pays 35% royalty on PD Kindle works. However, if you are modifying the PD then you are creating a unique work and its no longer PD. Most people don't want to bother doing this so i tell them to just use PLR instead.
I'll be sure to put in that caveat the next time I talk about PD.
You can quote me if you want.
Are you with me so far? Amazon has said NO MORE Public Domain content - and if they do allow you to publish they will only pay your a 35% royalty.
IF You Create Something that is considered a "Derivative" work...
then it's no longer Public Domain and you can publish away!!!
If you publish something considered a Derivative - you get the FULL Royalty.
That was yesterday. Today - I sat in on 4 hours (2 Webinars) about publishing on the Barns and Noble NOOK platform.
Barns and Noble Nook Publishing doesn't have a Public Domain "section" for publishers! They will allow all works - Public Domain AS IS content (at the time of this writing) and pay 70% royalty!
That's what I call Good News!