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Thoughts on adjusting to Kindle Unlimited as an author
December 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedThis post started its life as a comment to Nate's post on how authors are unhappy with Kindle Unlimited. It quickly grew to a post in its own right. I agree that Kindle Unlimited has not been a good thing for authors. I've seen the impact on my own sales. Before KU was launched,  I was on track to triple my income from last year. Looks like instead I'm going to do a bit better than doubling. Yes, that's disappointing. However, I decided when I started that I was looking at this long term, and I'm still having a way better...

Morning Links: Goodreads best books of 2014. Growing author discontent with Kindle Unlimited
December 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedGoodreads Best Books of 2014 (GoodReads) Announcing the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! *** The Obamas Go Book Shopping on Small Business Saturday (GalleyCat) President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book store Politics and Prose over the weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday. *** Money is Pouring into Media, but Will it Find the Value it Seeks? (GigaOM) As tech analyst Ben Thompson pointed out in an email to Stratechery subscribers about the news, one of the most noteworthy things about both of...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited numbers. Should libraries make their own eReader apps?
November 16, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited and the Only Amazon Numbers We Know for Sure (Dear Author) But since the announcement of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon has shared (albeit reluctantly as you will see) actual numbers which show the performance of one of its most recent consumer launches. *** Jane Austen's Fashion history: 200 Years of Cover Designs – in Pictures (The Guardian) It’s more than two centuries since Sense and Sensibility was first published, in three austere volumes. Things have grown rather more colourful since, with heaving bosoms, gilt-embossed curlicues appealing to different decades and demographics. Here are some of Jane’s many faces. *** The Author's Guild: Do More Than...

Fascinating look at sales numbers and effect of Kindle Unlimited
October 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedFantasy author Rachel Aaron has a breakdown of the sales of her latest book on her blog, and, though long, it's fascinating reading. While it's worth reading (in all its 5400 word glory), there were two points which particularly interested me. 1. Fixed ranking hypothesis I'm not sure I'm buying her hypothesis, but it's an interesting idea, if true. On paper, at least, I looked like a winner, and it's my theory that because of this, I was given extra visibility by Amazon in the form of a fixed ranking. And I don't mean fixed as in illegally fixed, I mean they stuck...

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Morning Roundup: Why tablet magazines aren’t getting better. Culture vs. Copyright
September 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

tablet magazinesAmazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK (Digital Book World) UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. *** Review: Culture vs Copyright (Indie Reader) CULTURE VS. COPYRIGHT is an intelligent, thoughtful and lively discussion of intellectual property rights and their purpose in the larger society. It is at very least a useful contribution to a vigorous public conversation about creativity and its rewards in a free society. *** Personality & Polish: In Love with Kitchen Libraries (Apartment Therapy) There's something so romantic about a library, especially now that we're cemented in the digital age where almost...

Kindle Unlimited launches in the UK
September 24, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle-based subscription reading isn't limited to the US any longer. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited in the UK. For £7.99, UK readers can now enjoy all the benefits of Kindle Unlimited. Nate at the Digital Reader reported last month that KU will be launched in Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month. If true, that will make three countries. If you're in the UK and trying to decide if you should sign up, check out my article on two months with Unlimited. I think it's an excellent service, even though it is lacking content from big publishers. There's still plenty there to...

Why NOT self-publish exclusively through Amazon?
September 19, 2014 | 7:50 pm

I first saw a post by Hugh Howey discussing the potential cost versus befits of going exclusive with Amazon a few days ago. I was thinking of saying something about it, but it kind of takes on added significance with the news about Barnes & Noble removing the “Download” button from its e-book library. Howey’s post is worth reading, but lends itself to easy summarizing. Essentially, Amazon provides a number of added benefits and incentives to writers who publish exclusively via Amazon either temporarily or continually: free giveaway days, or inclusion in e-book subscription services such as the...

Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Unlimited launching internationally, and more
August 26, 2014 | 10:49 am

There’s a new report going around today that Amazon will be expanding their ebook subscription service in the next couple months....

Cost-effective use of Kindle Unlimited
August 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedOne of the concerns when people sign up for subscription services like Kindle Unlimited is "will I use it enough to make it worth the cost?" Hugh Howey likens it to gym memberships where you sign up for auto-renewal and then never use it. I've seen lots of people note that you have to read 4-5 books a month, every month. to make it worth your while because so many inexpensive self-published books are in the service. All good points ,but if you're willing to do a bit of prep work, Amazon actually makes it easy to be cost effective, assuming...