When you use a free service such as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), do you know what you are agreeing to when you publish your ebook?
What rights do you have and what rights do KDP have when you publish your book?
As with almost all free services, the KDP Terms and Conditions you need to agree to are not written with your interests at heart. You do not sign an agreement and have no rights to negotiate any part of it. You simply agree. But how many read these conditions? My guess would be very, very few.
We have all become so accustomed to clicking the ‘I Agree’ button on so many occasions. Whether it be a software installation or update, a subscription to a newspaper, registration with a site or blog or any number of other services that are provided online. However, each time you click ‘I Agree’, you have entered a legally binding contract.
When you publish a book with Kindle, are you aware that you are agreeing to the following:
We are entitled to terminate this Agreement and your access to your Program account at any time.
We may, in our discretion, reformat your Digital Books, and you acknowledge that unintentional errors may occur in the process of reformatting of your Digital Books.
Then from within these Terms and Conditions, you will need to find the small link to the Pricing Page, to really understand what you are agreeing to. This is where ‘Price Matching’ is mentioned.
Then there is a novel twist to your agreement. If you scroll to the bottom of these pages you will find ‘Recent Changes’, which apply retrospectively to your original agreement. These changes are not sent to you, and you just have to accept the new changes come what may.
So beware when using services such as this. A little reading before you click, ‘I Agree’ could save you some heartache later. Well, except for changes that will be forced upon you later.