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Amazon KDP Select only available to US Prime customers

Posted by Alana Woods on January 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Authors, did you know this?

Over Christmas I ran a promotion on my eBooks and noticed the Prime badge that indicates they are available in KDP Select had disappeared from them when searching under the ‘Books’ drop down menu. It continued to show if I searched under the ‘Kindle store’ menu.  I contacted Amazon and they replied to say that when they searched for ‘Alana Woods’ under ‘Books’ the badge was visible. After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing of emails I was asked to send a screen shot. I was then sent this message:

I looked into this and found that you are viewing the title from Australia. Since the borrowing of books are only available to US Prime customers, this feature will not always display on the website when publishers are viewing the content from a country outside the US.

I then went looking to see if this information is available and found this in the KDP Select option terms and conditions:


 2.2 Inclusion in Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program. Digital Books included in KDP Select will be automatically included in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program described in more detail here. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program will be available on and may not be available on international Amazon websites or to customers outside the United States. Your Digital Book will not be available through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program during any period when it is available for free in the Kindle store.

This would explain why, when I enrolled for the Prime free one month trial a while back, nothing happened.

I don’t know now, but I might have given a bit more thought to enrolling in KDP Select if I had known it was not available to anyone other than US customers.

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Reply Claude Nougat
10:21 AM on February 3, 2012 
It'sinteresting to see how Amazon spreads out beyond US borders with caution and...delays! In this area as in my others: for example, the Kindle Fire 3G is not available in Europe yet and I don't know when it will be.

I'm not sure why Amazon is so cautious and slow...Thanks to for the information! Udeful to know (especially for me since I live in Italy!)
Reply Rosanne Dingli
11:52 PM on February 1, 2012 
This is part of what I meant when I advised authors to watch and wait.

Details of this nature surface - always - when a project or product is brand new. KDP Select is not only idea-driven... it is competition-driven, and is bound to have creases that need ironing out. Besides - did we ever see a Beta stage in this?

Because Select requires exclusivity, I was not one of the authors to jump in. The "lick it and see" principle does not apply here. Not to cautious authors, at any rate. Leave it for the less experienced authors, I say. Many are seeing extraordinary results, but as they say in Italian - "Chi vince la prima..."

Let's watch this for a while longer and see what else emerges.