Yesterday I found an article shared by Cora Carmack that I thought would make an interesting discussion. It was in regards to the changes Amazon is making with their Kindle Unlimited program.
For those of you who may not be aware or know about the program, basically you are loaned or borrow books from Amazon for a monthly rate of $9.99. This includes many, but far from all ebooks available on amazon. basically you get a book, and when you are done, return it and get another one. Regardless how many books you read the cost stays the same.
I have yet to try it but I have heard mixed results from those that have. Many, myself included, aren't that into the selection. Many books available are indie authors and books are novella length. I have always been more a full novel gal plus I have so many other books that I own or my library has FREE that i just do not see it for me at this time.
Anyways, for authors they would get royalties every time someone read at least 10% of their book. so if they have a 60 page novella, click through 6 pages worth. this can be done simple through title page, and an introduction sometimes! While an author who wrote a full length novel, say 300 pages, their readers must get through at least 30 pages. So it seemed to possibly encourage episode stories or novellas more. Now please be sure, everything I state here is from what I understand of the program, mainly talking to others, so if I am off, I apologize and please feel free to correct me.
Now in July of this year Amazon is making a few changes. The first is that authors will now be paid based on pages read. So the more pages read, the more you get. This has mixed reactions based on cost to just buy the book, length, following, etc a book or author might have. Personally I feel it seems more fair but I do not know all the details that go into payout shares.
What i do not like is the second major change. To have your book be a part of the unlimited program, you must give Amazon exclusive selling rights. No more Smashwords, website sells or B&N. Only Amazon can sell you book. This I DO NOT agree with. Force monopolizing business is wrong. So yet again, Amazon being a control hog has me agitated with their antics.
So what do you think? With various sale prices, and length or material, how would you make it fair? Is is possible? Have you used Kindle Unlimited and if so what do you think or it. Do these changes effect your opinion?