I received an email this morning linking to the changes in the Amazon Associates Agreement. I have never used free book promotions as a business model, but know many who have. I have been envious of that model, actually! It’s super smart. Promote free books every day through your affiliate link and get paid on the other things they buy as well.

That’s no longer going to fly, according to the new agreement:

March 1, 2013 version
The following is added at the end of the sub-section:

“In addition, notwithstanding the advertising fee rates described on this page or anything to the contrary contained in this Operating Agreement, if we determine you are primarily promoting free Kindle eBooks (i.e., eBooks for which the customer purchase price is $0.00), YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN ANY ADVERTISING FEES DURING ANY MONTH IN WHICH YOU MEET THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
(a) 20,000 or more free Kindle eBooks are ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links; and
(b) At least 80% of all Kindle eBooks ordered and downloaded during Sessions attributed to your Special Links are free Kindle eBooks.”

I am sad for those who’ve spent a lot of time building this business model up. I understand it from Amazon’s point of view. What are your thoughts?