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October 28, 2013

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Michael W. Perry

Different strokes for different folks.

In my case, I don't want to join a subscription plan because that would mean I'd feel compelled to read more to get my money's worth. I saw that when I did some proofing for Microsoft Press. They gave me an office about 50 feet away from snack area stocked with a host of free drinks. Until I made myself stop, I was driving home each day utterly waterlogged. Just because I didn't have to pay, didn't mean I needed to drink it.

In short, I've enough to read with what's on the Internet and what I can get from a public library. I'm also a writer, which means I have far less time than I like to read just for fun. Subscriptions aren't for me.

--Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer

Anne Hill

I agree Joe, Byliner's model is the one to watch. Funny that you should posit it against the Kindle singles model though, because they have such a robust offering of Kindle singles! Just type in Byliner in the Amazon search and you'll see all their bestselling long-form content, very nicely branded too IMHO.

I spoke with Byliner President Deanna Brown a couple months ago and she said they were preparing for a very noisy marketplace in the year to come, as more companies experiment with the dual subscription-and-ebook model. It makes me wonder what Medium has in store for all of us...

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