Monthly Archives: September 2015

Kindle Unlimited as a reader

KU

Nothing gets debate more going among the writer community than Kindle Unlimited.  The idea of exclusivity is completely unacceptable to many.  And then there are many arguments as to why exclusivity is good.

But from the reader’s perspective, I am a fan of Unlimited.  I spoke with a writer recently who is not a subscriber to KU because they’re aren’t authors that he knows.

Two things on this.

One, JK Rowling and Ian Fleming are two authors currently in KU.  You may know them better for their creations of Harry Potter and James Bond.

Two, the point IS to discover new writers.  I discovered Elwyn Tate, his book The Deep and Snowy Wood is wonderful.  I highly recommend it, wonderful picture book.

I discovered it, because of KU.

As a reader I recommend it.  I have been able to read many different types of books as well.  Books on stocks, picture books, sci-fi books, Kindle singles, I find that currently it is worth the $10 a month.

And as a writer, I notice that when people check out my books on KU sales increase as well.

For both the reader and the writer, that is a good thing.

 

 

Kindle Unlimited and the great debate over exclusivity

On August 15 writers got the first official notice of how much a page read is work.

pennies

$0.006 per page.

Some writers understandably were upset.  As a children’s writer it concerned me.  We children writers understandably have shorter books.  Plus, when a book is illustrated that means it costs more per page than a regular novel.  So being paid just barely over half a penny is hard to swallow.

But then I joined KU.

As a reader here is what I noticed.

I love KU.

Love it as a reader.

I discovered several other children’s writers that I may  not have read their books.  I have gotten peruse even more of a book than I would if I only downloaded 10% of the books.  And as a writer that means I am getting paid to have someone scroll through my book

And borrows lead to purchases.  I have seen that in my own data several times where a book is read through a few pages and then is purchased.  I also have seen an increase in purchases when page reads go up.

I briefly let The Dark Cloud Rises out of the exclusivity of Amazon, but the other stores just aren’t the same.  The saying goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  But when the other baskets are difficult to use and others have holes, then maybe you should keep your eggs in the strongest basket.

Seriously, how much longer is the Nook going to be alive.  I am suppose to publish on Nook, yet, they won’t take the same epub that Amazon and Kobo take.  I have go through manually and interest chapters.  Sorry Barnes and Noble, I already inserted chapters when I formatted the book in Indesign.  Not doing again for your silly rules.

iBooks, uploading to Apple would be cool, but they require me to own a MAC to be able to do that.  Or I can go through Draft2Digital and have them take a percentage from me from now until eternity.

Oh and speaking of the problem of exclusivity, Apple only allows readers to read iBooks on iPads or  iPhones.  Why there is no more complaints about that exclusivity in self-publishing circles is beyond me.

For comparison sake Kindle books can be read on Kindles, Android devices, the web, and oh yeah, iPads and iPhones.  There maybe exclusivity on writers for participating n KU, but there is no exclusivity on readers, and that’s the important thing.

I know some writers are getting good traction on Kobo.  I am not.  Kevin and the Seven Lions is downloaded 50-100 times a day.  How many downloads did the free book get on Kobo in July?

Zero.

Kevin as 93 reviews on Amazon and averages a 4.7 rating, and gives away over a 1000 copies in a month.  Kobo.  Again nothing.

That’s a problem.

So for the time being most of my Kindle books are still exclusive to Amazon.  And it’s not because they are mean and evil, but because they give readers a good experience, and the other guys just don’t seem to know what they are doing.