THE EREADING BLOG

02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Scribd Offers 10,000 Digital Comics to Subscribers

SCRIBED LOG-TBWhen I read this headline, my initial reaction was, "so what?"

Ever since ebook subscriptions were introduced I have asserted that they are not a money-making business model...except for the retailers offering the subscriptions, and to a somewhat lesser extent, the publishers themselves.  In fact, only self-published content creators with a solid fan base might make enough money to live on with the subscription model. 

As of right now that is a big "maybe". 

If recent accounts from top-earning authors on Kindle are to be believed, their income under Kindle Unlimited is taking a real beating.  Another recent story on Digital Book World examined the ebook subscription models of...

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02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

Categories:

Amazon Kindlescout to Begin Publishing Crowd-Sourced Titles

LOGO-1-Kindle ScoutAmazon is moving full-speed ahead with their plan to crowd-source at least part of the editorial and publishing process through their Kindlescout program.  Kindlescout is an interesting concept and is sure to appeal to some readers. The main concern readers and authors should have is whether this is another step toward Amazon's stated goal of essentially eliminating legacy publishing.  Not just as a competitor to their publishing initiatives, but as an overall business model. 

Contrary to some opinions, there is room for both the Amazon-type model and the legacy model.  That certain vocal parties won't acknowledge Amazon's intent should be problematic to anyone examining the current state of publishing.  No one is stopping any author from self-publishing on Amazon...

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