Kindle software and ebook updates

 

For those of us to travel and/or have many books and/or simply enjoy the convenience of being able to transport and access documents via mobile device, the free Kindle software from Amazon.com helps us access purchased books via a reasonably good computer interface. 

As an author, I have several small ebooks that are available only via the Kindle platform. Their process for authors is efficient, and the availability via Amazon in many countries make distribution easy. It is not a perfect system, but it is quite good.

     For the smaller books that I format myself (ie *not* the larger books such as Inflammation Mastery and Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine which are formatted and distributed by a larger international publisher), I am able to make changes to the ebook document, and my understanding from the Amazon-Kindle pages of information was that such updates/corrections would be delivered automatically to readers who had previously purchased the ebook. However, Amazon has reported that the updating mechanism has had problems which resulted in their inability to send updates and that they were working on solutions. In September 2017 at the time of the publishing of Autism, Dysbiosis, and the Gut-Brain Axis, I made a few minor changes to the book document, and Amazon reported that they would not be able to distribute these automatically. 

From: Amazon.com 
Date: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 3:47 PM
Subject: Your Amazon KDP Inquiry

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At this time, customers who bought your Kindle book aren't able to download updates automatically. Our technical team is working on improving this process.

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Regards,
Kindle Direct Publishing

Not to worry: Any minor corrections are just that: of minor importance. Books are carefully written and proofed, but sometimes small typos still escape these filters and are not detected until the book is published and additional peer-review has had a chance to catch small typographical errors. In the unlikely event that any major errors are found, these will be posted on the website on the Corrections Page