SORRY, A KINDLE EDITION FOR YOUR STATE IS NO LONGER ALLOWED (THANKS, AMAZON!)
(But California, D.C., Texas, and 30 other state editions are still available for Kindle)


FROM THE AUTHOR: The state edition you attempted to order is no longer available for sale. On November 16, 2013, Amazon.com notified me, the author and publisher, that I could no longer sell 18 of the state editions of my series of Kindle e-books on Amazon.com. Prior to that date, I had offered Kindle editions for sale, for each of the 50 states and D.C. This series has been published in print format by my previous publishers or in electronic formats by me every year since 1981, updated annually in most cases.

This series has long been a standard reference guide to state business regulations and taxes for small businesses, utilized by SBA offices and SCORE chapters and available in almost every library in the USA. The print versions sold over 1.2 million copies nationally from 1981 through 2004, and I have self-published the series since then in various electronic formats, and as Kindle e-books since 2011.

But no longer.

Amazon informed me that, under the Kindle Publishing Guidelines, some of the 51 editions (one for each of the 50 states and a D.C. edition) were too similar in content. Their rules were apparently designed to prevent someone from publishing a single book under multiple titles, to try to increase sales.

It is true that most of the content, such as federal taxes, business laws, and environmental laws, and general advice for small businesses, such as site selection, is the same in each of my state editions, and that information typically makes up about 80% of the content of each edition. That is necessary, since a business is subject to the same federal laws in every state. But we only publish separate state editions because the state laws are vastly different in every state.

We appealed this decision (to no avail), pointing out that the analyses of state taxes, business laws and regulations, and business conditions in each state, and contact information for all key state (and federal) tax and regulatory agencies in that state, is all completely different in each state edition. But Amazon has its rules, and large bureaucratic corporations aren't flexible when dealing with small firms like mine, so our Kindle series is largely kaput, despite the countless hours of research of state laws and writing we have put into creating and constantly updating this series over several decades.

We still offer my "Starting and Operating a Business in California" Kindle e-book (and editions for D.C., Texas and 30 other states) in the Kindle Store, but we have had to stop publishing the 18 states Amazon "banned." The 18 discontinued state editions are: ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MT, OH, OK, OR, RI, TN, UT, VA, and WI. We apologize for the fact that we can no longer provide editions for every state.

For ordering information on the remaining state editions that we are still allowed to publish on Kindle, click here.


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