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Amazon news that might actually be true

New reports suggest that Amazon is considering launching an Oyster-like “Kindle Unlimited” service that would allow readers, for $9.99 a month, unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of titles.

The really exciting thing about this for Amazon fans is that it appears that they’ll include audiobooks, too. That’s pretty cool.

This is something I’d be very interested in, depending on the contract terms. A Kindle Unlimited program would be a great way to introduce readers to my work; the real issue is how often those readers would venture outside the program for their books.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

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ltwelve2
Jul. 16th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
If you're an author, doesn't this look absolutely horrible? Genuinely asking. It looks exactly analagous to music streaming, and that model has caused artist royalties to crash and burn. I might not be looking at that the right way--and of course, the devil is in the contract details--so I'd really love to have your thoughts.
burger_eater
Jul. 16th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
It's all about the contract. Oyster pays if a customer reads 10% of the book, and that's fine by me.

With Spotify et al, the problem is that the payments are so tiny. I'd only sign up for the program if the payments were worthwhile.
seawasp
Jul. 16th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
What does Oyster pay if the customer reads 10%?
burger_eater
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oyster and Scribd pay 60% of list price if readers complete a certain percentage of the book. Scribd's terms put an upper limit on that payment.
seawasp
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds fair to me.
ltwelve2
Jul. 17th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
That does sound pretty fair, actually.
7leaguebootdisk
Jul. 19th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, I see it on their web page. I don't see that many of the books I've bought in the past month are on it though. I spend more than $10 am month on books, so it would be a goo deal for me, if I wanted to get completely into the amazon ecosystem. I'm thinking about switching to Kobo or something, just to detangle a bit.
burger_eater
Jul. 20th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
I dunno. You only borrow the book, you don't get to keep it. For that, a library will do better by me. But then, I'm lucky enough to be part of an excellent library system.
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