Round Up: Kindle Unlimited Has Ended Western Civilization

5269903600_30a50cee6e_bWe're now on day two of Amazon changing the rules for KDP Select, and judging by the response from some parts of social media the world has come to an end.

Before I go out and enjoy the skies raining with blood, I thought I would take a few minutes and round up several of the responses I've found today.

I usually do excerpts and commentary in my round up posts but this time I will merely include the links.

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11 Comments on Round Up: Kindle Unlimited Has Ended Western Civilization

  1. Two points to consider:
    1- Under the old system, not only did a 5K short story earn as much as a 100K novel but also a 5K short *abandoned* after 500 words earned as much as a fully read story of any length. Fair? I think not.

    2- Under both systems, a full *rental* earns the KU author more than a tradpub paperback *sale*. Under the new system a 50K novel, fully read, will earn the author more than a $9.99 tradpub ebook (and the paperback, too.)

    • Yes. I caught that detail from TPV after this post was published. I went back and added a link to PTV for just that reason.

    • This is one reason I didn’t do this. My novels are 150k to 300k. One of those 300k books took me 25 years to write. The other, I am re-editing.

      I am not interested in competing with people who dash off 5k words in a day and throw it up there. I throw away more words than they write.

    • That ^^ said, I haven’t like the exclusive requirement Amazon has. I’m not getting sales anywhere else, so I’m not as squeamish about that as I have been, althoug I do want a BookBub ad (the Holy Grail), and wider availability seems to better your chances. I don’t actually know if that’s true, though.

  2. It’s interesting that there’s so much gloom and doom about the supposed losers with no one observing that it’s really a zero-sum play; it’s the same total amount of money so if some get less others will get more. Is it really obvious that the incentives are being altered in a way that is unfair or counterproductive? Why do people who claim to be professional authors feel that they cannot adapt?

    I understand the problem of the author who fears her backlist will now earn her less, but not the one who says it’s no longer worthwhile to write more books.

    • The real problem is that the new method incentivizes writing stories people actually want to read, instead of ones that they glance at.

  3. Just noticed that item 5 in the bullet list is shameless self-reference, a sort of literary Klein bottle. 😉

  4. There’s fear in the Land of Oz. In traditional publishing, packaging is most important. Have a snappy cover and a catchy title and a first page with a hook and you get a sale. Too many KDP/KU authors followed this idea for borrows. Now KU 2.0 stands everything on its head. Now authors get paid not merely if the package is opened, but only if the reader/borrower reads (and continues reading) the contents of the package. I don’t know whether the idea is totally new or not, but not only some KU authors must be trembling, but also traditional publishing that relies on packaging to sell books of any kind. It will kill their business. The idea that authors/publishers will be paid only for quality terrifies them. The gatekeepers will be twisting their knickers trying to denigrate and discourage this. Meanwhile we have too many hawkers who seem to have trouble with decimal points.

  5. Any author who doesn’t like the terms can opt out. Sell from your own website. Sell on terms you like. So Amazon took some of the cookies off the table or rearrange them. Don’t like it? Leave.

  6. Sturmund Drang // 4 July, 2015 at 1:15 pm // Reply

    “Any author who doesn’t like the terms can opt out.”

    I detest this argument under every guise I find it. It’s the same one as:

    “If you’re gay and you want to be married, move out of my state.”

    “If you don’t want to work for a dollar an hour, start your own company.”

    “If you don’t like GMOs, grow your own damn food.”

    Amazon is part of a community, part of a country, part of a world. They have an obligation to that society because that society provides them the environment to thrive.

    If you don’t like my argument, then don’t read it.

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