Updating your books to their latest versions

One benefit of being self-published is that I am free to revise the content of my books without preparing a new edition. Every week since their date of release I have made important and minor revisions to all my books, adding material, editing for grammar, style, clarity, emending and amending. Whispering of the Protogenos, for instance, now has a dozen new pages compared to the “original” edition. I owe it to my readers to offer the best content I am capable of writing and correct any mistake or weakness my books may contain. I am told Walt Whitman revised Leaves of Grass (first published in 1855) multiple times until his death in 1892.

What does it all mean to the reader? If you liked one of my books, you certainly want to own the most complete, improved edition without necessarily having to buy a new copy every so often; and this can easily be done.

For all Kindle digital versions of my books, you can have updates automatically performed for free by amazon.com

How to have your Kindle books automatically updated:

  1. Go to Amazon.com (or to your own country’s Amazon domain)
  2. Go to “Manage Your Content and Devices”
  3. Switch to “Settings” tab
  4. Find “Automatic Book Update,” and turn it on.

If you do not want Kindle to automatically update your digital content, you can keep the automatic option off and update your Kindle book(s) manually:

  1. Go to Amazon.com (or to your own country’s Amazon domain)
  2. Go to “Manage Your Content and Devices”
  3. Check your Kindle books list.
  4. If any book has a newer version, you will see the “Update Available” button on the right side.
  5. Click it to replace the original book with the newest version.

I enrolled all my books in the Kindle MatchBook program. If you bought a paperback version on any amazon store, you are entitled to the most recent digital copy at a substantial discount. When you log in to amazon.com check the page for the book you already own, and you should see an offer such as follows:

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In the example above, if you had bought a hard copy of Whisperings of the Protogenos on amazon.com (or on your own country’s Amazon domain) you could purchase the most recently updated digital version for less than $2.