I ‘m not sure about anyone else out there, but I find it challenging to keep up with Amazon and all its policy changes. Isn’t Amazon a store? Do brick and mortar retail outlets change their policies as often as Amazon? If so, I think their vendors would consider alternative outlets. We as Indie authors don’t have many options. Of course we can upload our books to Smashwords, B&N, Kobo (you can do this independently of Smashwords btw) and ilovebooks, however Amazon is still the meat and potatoes of the eBook distribution world.
Since Amazon changed my category to non-fiction (hello sorceresses are fictional), and didn’t say a thing, I often check my sales page. A few days back as I scrolled down the page to check the current details, I noticed the absence of my little bubbles. Oh where did they go? Not a one in sight. My tags are gone, how could they do this to me? I liked those tags, mini maps to roads linking to my genre. Poof, up in smoke and not even a mention from the big A. Okay, I suppose as a little Indie I should be keeping up with all of this somewhere, but where? I don’t mean IU, heck if it wasn’t for IU we’d all be out in the cold (bows and kudos EM). So I decided to write KDP and hear what they had to say and was surprised to receive a rapid-fire response.
While tags appear on most items, you may not currently see them on the detail pages for Kindle books. Tags for Kindle book detail pages should be fully restored very soon.
From time to time, we test both new and existing features on our website to determine which characteristics or services drive customer purchases and satisfaction. During these test periods, certain aspects of our website will appear differently to various customers, or to the same customer on different computers or browsers.
We’re continually fine-tuning our presentation to provide our customers with the greatest value, selection, and information for their online purchasing decisions.
I hope this helps. Thanks for using Amazon KDP.
First, what does most items mean? Why would Amazon need to restore them at all, who understands their tags better than the author? I can only imagine what Amazon will come up with next. Tags are there to help our readers sort out the intended purchase. Am I missing something? At times I’m not the brightest bulb on the planet, but this makes no sense at all.
Rumor has it that the removal of tags would even out the playing field between traditionally published authors and Indie authors. Far be it from me to question such an absurd remark, but was the playing field ever even?
So, we sit back and wait. Yes, Amazon is the biggest game around; however there is a new player coming to town and its name is Wundr eBook platform. Maybe, just maybe, things will start to change. It is a remarkable journey; we are making history. Someday way down the road we can tell our grandchildren, “I was there when it happened.”
In the meantime please give me my tags back Amazon and stop messing around with a good thing.
Aron Joice is a published songwriter and an Indie author of The Lost Children of Managrail series. The Rising, book one in the Ya Fantasy, is currently available, and book two Vanished is soon to be released. Her novella The Land of Beautiful follows close on the heels of Vanished. An adult historical fiction is also in the works. Aron is passionate about the arts and rescuing animals. You can learn more about Aron on her blog, FB Fanpage, and her Amazon Author Central page.