It’s important to understand exactly what is meant by the KU vs Wide debate. When deciding to self-publish for the first time, an important factor is who to publish with. Many of us will immediately think of Amazon, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the right choice.
Kindle Unlimited (KU) is Amazon’s exclusivity programme for eBook publishing. It’s a subscription service for readers that offers unlimited access to all KU books for a monthly fee. Signing up to it as an author means agreeing not to publish your eBook anywhere but with Amazon. Conversely, if you decide to publish wide you can publish everywhere--which can include Amazon, but without the specific perks associated with KU exclusivity.
Sounds a little confusing? Below, we’ve listed the pros and cons of both publishing routes. This is designed to help you feel confident that you’re making an informed decision that best suits your current needs and your long-term hopes as an indie author.
Kindle Unlimited – focus on the algorithms and reap short-term rewards.