Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes. When you buy a Kindle Serial, you will receive all existing episodes on your Kindle immediately, followed by future episodes as they are published.
Wait for it.
This is from the:
A minimum of two episodes in a Word or text document. Each episode should be a minimum of approximately 10,000 words. We’re open to considering projects with more or fewer words per episode, where it makes sense. The complete book doesn’t need to be already written.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me. If you do a ten-episode book, you’re selling 100,000 words for a measly $1.99.
If you’re not getting that, here’s a slide from Bezos to help you with the word count math:
Bezos has just lowered the floor for eBook prices again.
I don’t see any reason for any writer to do this.
Right now, we don’t know the writer’s cut.
Even so, do you really want to help make eBooks have a maximum price of $1.99?
That is just suicidal.
And to invoke the name of Dickens?
His life must have been like this, having to do serials:
It’s one thing if a writer decides to sell a book for $1.99.
But for Amazon to set an official price like this is not in the best interest of any professional writer.