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Amazon does still do the price matching, and that is the only way to get your book listed as free on their site. The advantage of Smashwords is in distributing to Apple and Sony. If you go to your e-book's details page on Amazon, you will see a link that says "tell us about a lower price". You can click that link and provide them a link to the product page ...


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You can have it permanently published for free at Smashwords. Amazon used to do price matching, and this used to be the way to publish your book for free at Amazon. I am not sure if Amazon is still following this method, and no method could realistically be permanent in Amazon's ever changing business model. You will still need to check periodically. ...


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Amazon does not allow "permanently free" Kindle books. They want to make money. :D You may have seen what you think are permanently-free Kindle books, and though they were probably only running a free promotion via Kindle Select, who am I to say there aren't a few flukes out there? Perhaps you did — I have seen stranger things on Amazon. But regardless, ...


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Check your product descriptions for certain trigger words. See this comment: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/12/2013/amazon-is-making-it-harder-to-sell-bigfoot-porn-ebooks/#comment-155994


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This seems to be a moving target that tends to vary from time to time, but from what I have seen in various forums, there are some definite trends that seem to get a book targeted as "adult" content. First and foremost is the book cover, especially those that have images that are sexually suggestive or include varying degrees of nudity. How much is too much ...


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Most likely your source files aren't properly encoded. It's not sufficient to add utf-8 charset declarations, you'll need to actually save your source files as utf-8 files. (If you happen to use the old Mobipocket Creator, you'll also need to save all HTML files with a BOM (byte-order mark). If your source file is an ePub, open and save it with Calibre ...


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KindleGen supports both NCX pagelists and ADE page-maps. I.e., you'll have to add a pagelist/page-map and you'll also have to add page target markers in the (X)HTML files. Note that the official Amazon tools won't generate APNX files. However, KindleUnpack can generate them from a mobi file generated by KindleGen. You could also generate KFX files with the ...


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To answer your last question, no it should not be necessary to contact support to receive an updated version of an ebook. If a kindle account has chosen to enable automatic updates, these updates should just show up. Whether the Kindle device does this reliably is a separate question of course. Let's try to troubleshoot the obvious things. Let me say that ...


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Piece of advice. When troubleshooting, I would make your output an epub file to make it easier to see what is wrong. An epub can be unzipped (you have to change the file extension --- so you can examine the resulting HTML files). You can always convert from epub to mobi later if you need to. First, when using calibre to create an epub/mobi from an odt file,...


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Royalties from books purchased build up in your account until you meet Amazon's payment threshold. Amazon's payment thresholds are here - but seem to be about $100 USD or similar equivalent. https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A3E24YJK5O82TD Also, you get paid 60 days after the month where you exceed the threshold. And you must meet the threshold for each ...


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I agree with the main answer -- and in fact I have done it to make one of my books for free permanently. I just want to add that the Big 6 probably have separate side agreements with Amazon to allow a certain number of titles to be free. For example, lots of Harlequin novels and first volume of a sci fi series are free. I'm sure the bigger publishers didn'...


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