Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

David Gaughran asks some great questions about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited — and seems to be just as undecided as I am. 🙂

David Gaughran

amazon_kindle_unlimitedAmazon launched Kindle Unlimited on Friday, giving self-publishers a big decision to make.

The long-rumored subscription service will allow users to download unlimited books for $9.99 a month, and reader reaction has been, from what I can see, overwhelmingly positive – especially because they will be able to test the service with a month’s free trial. Writers have been a little more cautious, for all sorts of reasons I’ll try and tease out below.

The main stumbling block for self-publishers is that participation in Kindle Unlimited is restricted to titles enrolled in KDP Select – Amazon’s program which offers various additional marketing tools in exchange for exclusivity. Author compensation will be similar to borrows under the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – a percentage of money from a fixed pool. The only real twist is that payment will be triggered when 10% of downloaded books have been read.

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2 thoughts on “Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions”

  1. It’s certainly got bunches of feathers flying everywhere that’s for sure. I wonder though … how many people read enough books in a month to justify spending $10(US) for an ‘unlimited’ amount of books? How many books per month does the ‘average’ person read? And pay $1 to $4 each?

    … I guess we’ll all be waiting to see what comes out in the wash.

    Interesting times, eh?

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