The problem with Kindle is one of perception. Some love the ubiquitous, all-platform access to ebooks and how Amazon drives cheap prices. Some hate the leasing-not-owning Kindle EULA and how Amazon endangers the livelihood of many book professionals.
I try new ways of sharing my works all the time. One thing I settled on a couple years back has never changed, though: if you buy my books on Kindle, I’ll give you a DRM-free ePub format copy of that same book, to OWN NOT LEASE, for FREE.
Email me a screenshot of your receipt to receive an ePub of that title. Is this the right balance? Is there a better way? Let me know in your favorite social media stream.
Serials are back, big time, and now I’m testing the waters, too. Starting right from episode one, all instalments of my serial space opera adventure FARLOST now include text as well as audio.
Years ago, authors like David Wellington pioneered serial storytelling online, but fans and followers had no means to support the serial adventures or the authors directly. Podcast fiction had the same limitation.
Ugly truth: artists need to be paid, but even popular text and podcast authors using the internet have long relied on advertising dollars and donations.
Still on the promotional and ‘for the love’ side we have serial fiction portals like Wattpad attracting millions of readers… but now we also have Amazon’s Kindle serials connecting serial fiction with a built-in, paying audience.
For now, I’m offering FARLOST free each week as both words on the screen or words in your ear! But I’m curious how people are responding to fiction on the instalment plan – be it instalments of time and interest, or coin of the realm.
Who out there are reading online serial fiction? What are you reading? Are you supporting artists, directly or indirectly? Shout out in your favorite social media stream and let me know!