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Kindle Unlimited

That is, is it worth it to the Author?
Kindle Unlimited (KU) is a subscription service. With Kindle Unlimited, customers can read as many books as they like and keep them as long as they want for a monthly subscription fee.

Author Jon Cronshaw recently asked the question, “Is there anything (beyond the usual wide versus KU debate) that makes wide or KU better?

Author Brian Meeks responded, “That’s a really good question. I’m not sure I can speak to your genre, but I do have some thoughts.

Over the last six months, I’ve noticed something. The conversions I track across all 5 genres in which I write, have changed. It used to be about 50% sales and 50% KU downloads. That’s not the case anymore. The shift has been toward KU.

My data shows 40% sales and 60% KU downloads. This tells me that more people are joining KU and enjoying it like we all do with Netflix. It also makes me think the shift will continue.

There’s one other point that often doesn’t get mentioned. It’s that the MOST voracious readers, naturally, gravitate toward KU.

I hope these thoughts will help you a bit. Good luck.”

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8 thoughts on “Kindle Unlimited

  1. mimispeike says:

    This is a topic I am seriously interested in. Is this the service where you get paid per pages read? Where can I see a list of what is offered? What kind of audience do they have? Are they those whacky Romance readers? (Who would snub a smart-ass talking cat.) Do they have much literary fiction? Would I fit in?

    Who has used KU? I would like to hear from you.

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  2. mimispeike says:

    I see that KU requires exclusivity, I cannot, for instance, post my PP episode because it is on my website.

    I suddenly see the true value of Facebook. I hit an interesting headline expecting to to sent to an article. Instead, I was sent to a sign-up page for the LA Times.

    I can do that for my site. A good headline, hit it, bam! – you’re on my site. The digital equivalent of bumper stickers. Maybe better than bumper stickers.

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    I have to say it. I hate Kindle. There’s something about a book in your hand, that you can highlight passages in, and make notes in the margins. (I make lots of stars, and arrows, and exclamation points.)

    As far as reading goes, I’m an old dog who can’t (and doesn’t want to) learn new tricks.

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    • Perry Palin says:

      One of the kids bought my wife a Kindle a few years ago. We live in the country at the end of the internet line (when we moved here the only service available came with a telephone landline), and downloading a book at home never worked. She could take the device to the library to download books, but since she’s in the library, why not just borrow a book?

      Like you Mimi, my wife and I both prefer a book in hand.

      If I had the Service Manual for my 1942 9N Ford tractor on Kindle, I’d drop the thing on the shop floor and I’d be lost. When referencing Making Strip-built Fly Rods from Various Woods on a Lathe, I have enough problems skipping back and forth between pages and images without having to manage a device with a little screen. Reading fiction? I like print on paper.

      Even if I don’t like to use Kindle myself, the question is will I sell more books if I put mine on Kindle? Maybe I’m missing out on some sales. But I don’t know people in my target readership who ever mention owning one of the things. Maybe I’m missing out, but maybe not.

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  4. GD Deckard says:

    I agree with Mimi and Perry 🙂
    A common thread in life has always been that most of us prefer the simple solution. I prefer a book because I don’t have to charge it and turn it on before I look at it. I prefer a landline phone because when it rings, all I have to do is pick up the receiver and say “Hello.” No need to finger-search buttons on a small screen (or charge it.)

    The people who told us that computers would simplify life are the same entrepreneurs who told us that pay TV would be commercial-free.

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    • I do prefer reading a hard copy but I’ve also got used to the kindle. Especially useful when travelling. However I’ve fallen into the trap of downloading more than I can read…
      I haven’t put my own books on KU – I get quite a few sign ups for the permafree who prefer epub. But I guess 80% are mobi for kindle, so I’ll no doubt give KU a try one day. Not until I have more books out there, though, so I can use both with different titles. KU might make sense in terms of numbers, but it still feels a bit like capitulation to the behemoth.

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