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July 21, 2014


Felipe Adan Lerma

Joe, very nice article; found it via The Digital Reader's Morning Coffee links -

Esp liked your first point, "Amazon just legitimized the model" - Scribd and Oyster, I believe, set the stage for Amazon to have to act, though I think they would have eventually anyway.

My own pref is Scribd, though I like Oyster also (have had subscriptions to both). And I'll sign up for my free month, and probably 1-3 months with KU because I like to compare. But other than Joe Konrath, not much more to read on that plan (for me). Gotta catch up my titles on Scribd and that'd I'd purchased first :-)

But most people don't count in the hundreds of thousands of indie titles (many reportedly on best seller lists) that are available on Scribd and Oyster, and not on Kindle Unlimited. Not to mention, as you say, the Big Pub titles not on KU.

Amazon's problem, with lack of titles to appeal for a subscription service is, I believe, due to one thing - its exclusivity on indies.

Not necessary anymore.

I say make exclusive deals with name individuals that'll draw attention - but the hundreds of thousands of titles available everywhere else but not on Kindle Unlimited? Naw :-)

But I "try" not to be a bridge burner, and placed one new short story on KU. I have titles on all 3 subscription platforms, and to libraries, though they don't seem to have shown up yet; still waiting on OverDrive to catch up their uploading.

Last note, re startup Scribd and Oyster being on borrowed time. Sorta agree. But don't forget, even as they are now, they're terrific take-over ready collections for folk like Apple and Google. Though I'd rather they stay independent.

Anyway, thanks Joe!

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