I am reblogging this post mainly for the link to the article “Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Their Noses,” reported in The New York Times by David Streitfeld on December 27, 2014. (To read it, click on the link.)This article interests me, and may interest you as well, because when Amazon rolled out the Kindle Unlimited sales strategy, I was skeptical, even though my book hasn’t been published yet. From reading the article, It appears I do have reason to be concerned, even though I am not clear how Kindle Unlimited has affected all authors. If anyone has a book on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Whenever an article or blog comes out in which an author grumbles about lack of sales, as author Michael Henderson did in this recent article about Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, it’s common for people to slam them as whiners who don’t respect reader’s choices to buy other authors’ works, or worse, to claim it’s because their work is obviously inferior.
I don’t like this.
Michael Henderson will probably do just fine thanks to the boost his sales are likely to get from the article—he’s at least picked up one good review from it—but I’d like to address a few points:
- Amazon has over 3 million eBooks available. It’s illogical to assume that any reader is able to go through that morass of brilliant and god-awful novels and decide which are good and which are not, in his or her opinion. Readers — and that includes every author I’ve ever known…
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