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Advantage Scribd – Reader Data

1 Sep

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Though I’ve previously compared Scribd to Oyster, then Scribd to Kindle Unlimited, today and tomorrow’s posts approach comparisons between ebook subscriptions a bit differently.

I’ll take a specific feature important to me, and explain why a particular platform is better, again for me, than the other.

I reference the “for me” part so strongly because, despite rah-rah supporters for specific vendors, there are really more similarities than differences, but the tiny things that set one apart from the other, are often only important to some people.

In other words, except for things like (for readers) specific authors, or (for writers) specific enabling features, it’s seems more like personal preference to me.

With that said, below is why, with reader data, Scribd is far far beyond any other service’s info for writers, including Amazon.

Tomorrow’s post, in a book type where size definitely matters, Scribd and Amazon swap places in regard to which is best for file size. Important for books with large images. Essential for book files beyond a certain size.

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Data Points

Scribd has lots more data writers could have, but evidently something between Smashwords and Scribd blocks that info getting to us.

However, what info does get to us as writers, is very helpful.

I’ll give two examples from my July stats.

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In a subscription program, readers can and will come back to finish your book.

Since my own reading behavior confirms this idea, I figured I can’t be the only one who “tastes” a title, then saves it for another time.

Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

payout type: READ
viewed pct: 76
interact start: 2014-03-04
interact last: 2014-07-13
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I have “lots” of short stories and novellas on my Kindle, Scribd app, and iBooks (Apple) that fit how a reader responded to my very short story, “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink.”

Sometimes I forget I even have that short work, or I’m not in the mood for reading it, or I’m into other titles I’ve already begun. Any number of reasons. But the ebook is there, and it costs the reader nothing extra to maintain that title in their library, and read it any time convenient and desirable for them.

Thus, a reader sampled the beginning in early March, then came back mid July and read it.

I consider that a huge plus.

In many ways, it’s even better than a DVD via Netflix, that I’d need to have resent to me. It’s more analogous to their streaming service. Start, end, and pick-up a movie (or in this case book) title when I want.

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If a work is read quickly, you’ll know it.

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payout type: READ
viewed pct: 96
interact start: 2014-07-28
interact last: 2014-08-01
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This info is particularly gratifying, not only because it’s my latest work posted (also a short story, but much longer), but also because I was trying out a new way of structuring the story.

Here, instead of a direct narrative line, beginning to end, I have segments, like chapters. Because the slices within the story are so short and within a piece which itself is short, I simply used asterisks (vs chapter numbers).

I also jump point-of-views, adding perspective.

And I do these cuts and jumps fairly frequently and quickly.

I enjoyed this style so much, I applied to my newest work (on preorder) “One Night in the Hill Country” which is a novella.

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Seeing and knowing that a reader started and finished the work in a few days, was very encouraging and validating.

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Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? I Don’t Know – But I Have a Pen

30 Aug

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Setting a Purpose for Myself With the Arts

I’ve had the skeleton for this post a few weeks and this morning read an interesting post via Joe Konrath : The Opposite of Legacy. This is an excerpt :

I wonder if my blog isn’t just another form of validation. Have I traded my desire for acceptance by the legacy system for acceptance by the shadow industry? Has the thrill I once got from a PW review been replaced by the thrill of reading my blog comments, or being retweeted? Am I an activist for the same reasons I spent ten years trying to break into legacy publishing, because it makes me feel legitimate?

Maybe, just maybe, our time is better spent writing. By being the change, rather than bemoaning how others aren’t seeing the change.

We no longer need gatekeepers. Not legacy publishing gatekeepers. Not legacy media gatekeepers.

And we no longer need to keep telling them we don’t need them.

They don’t care. Neither should we.

And it prompted me to return to this post and finish it out.

I, like most people, care about a lot of things. And was finding myself spending more and more of my time commenting on various sites about the issues I cared about, and liking it more and more. Soon, I realized, very soon actually, I was spending more time commenting than working on my art, my writing. Stories.

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The Challenge

The usual big challenge, for me as probably for most writers, is integrating the social and personal issues deeply in well depicted characters and actions.

A good example, and a book I just finished reading, is Matthew Iden’s “The Wicked Flee.”

Human trafficking, drugs, teen prostitution, women’s issues.

It’s a powerful thriller-mystery well told.

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Thrillers

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Much as I finally gave up abstract painting in favor of a more impressionist style, because that was what I enjoyed viewing and seeing and having around me, so I am also working my fiction into the thriller genre.

Doesn’t mean I can’t still try to be stylistically challenging to myself: letting the dialog dapple the mind, descriptions tug at the heart and gut, craft river flow transitions – mixed with abrupt chapter changes creating counter-point and contrast, and characters that linger -

But I want the things that matter to me, to show up in my fiction.

And compel the reader to consider those issues.

Or, minimally, become aware of them.

As things people do.

And are.

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Thus, I wrote my first thriller, a novella, One Night in the Hill Country. (currently in PreOrder)

It includes issues about illegal immigration, romantic relationships, war, child abuse, family, and more.

But what I try to do is, show it, not tell it.

Short exciting chapters.

Multiple pov’s.

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Commenting, Swords, and Pens

Don’t get me wrong, I still comment. But more judiciously. Let’s hope I maintain that, and channel my very real concerns and interests into stories that will encourage readers into thinking more deeply about the problems they feel strongly about.

So, no, I don’t have a sword, but I do have a pen, and hope to put it to good use. (smiles).

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Review: Zoo by James Patterson – Pluses Minuses & the Cost of Reading

25 Aug
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Nearly a month ago, I posted a rare book review on Amazon, for James Patterson’s book Zoo. Shortly after, a huge flare-up in the continuing Amazon-Hachette negotiations blew up, with authors and readers and who knows who else taking sides.

I had been intending to post my review on my site, but decided not to til now. Things have cooled, I think :-)

For the record, as per my review, I definitely feel lower ebook prices are what “I” act on.

But/and/plus/additionally (smiles) I also believe the actual agreement on pricing between these two companies is, exactly that, between those two companies. I don’t think either entity should be allowed to or enabled to force the other to do anything. It must be an agreement between the two.

If I don’t like that agreement, I’ll do business elsewhere.

That’s part of the point of my review.

Beyond that, there is my own experience reading Patterson’s Zoo.

It has been very influential in releasing preferences for my own fiction work, and I’ve listed some posts in regard to that above. Only Matthew Iden’s opening scene in, The Spike, has held its impact in my mind as the first preview chapters of Zoo have, from two years ago. That’s pretty good in my book.

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http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KXRXIXDJCBE6

I purchased this at Half Price Books with a 50% off coupon last week because nearly two years to the date, I read the free sample chapters and was hooked. But hardback and ebook prices were more than I was (and am) willing to pay. Browsing through the store (my wife had already gotten a book for the grandson) I happened past the book among a slew from the author. Immediately I remembered the tension and remarkable clarity of suspense when I had read the sample nearly two years before.

I believe (and yes this might show how little I’ve read todate of thrillers) only Matthew Iden’s opening scene in The Spike has stayed as clearly with me. I had to wait for that one to come also, but thankfully a decently priced ebook was available.

The reasons I give this 4 and not 5 stars are enough that, if the drive of the story was not so strong, this would have been a 3 star.

But the story is that good.

On a minor but occasionally jarring level, some of the similes just didn’t make sense, or clearly didn’t fit the mood or tone of the chapter (and I do love those short chapters).

The rest of this review has some spoiler material.

A bit more bothersome was the repetitiveness of the animal attacks dispersed through-out the length of the book. Not that they didn’t fit as tension builders or the ending of the book, but that they seemed to simply be there to show another exotic locale. Another kind of animal. But felt like there was no heart in the chapter.

Complicating these same chapters (but not all the animal attack-kill scenes) was the easy question, if the world was finally hearing of these attacks, wouldn’t the characters that were killed (policeman, hunters, etc) have (1) been more prepared and (2) had a cell phone to call for help.

And when a mitigating tactic via smoke, or any other air dispersement) was discovered, why weren’t the military and police (especially) and regular folk, not outfitting themselves with smoke bombs, etc?

And at the end, with seemed totally believable to me just watching human behavior right now, why wasn’t the initial corrective measures simply quickly forcibly reinstated? With smoke and air dispersement equipment already in place, in case the experiment had failed?

That said, the parts that worked, with were most, and the thrust of the story, and the similes that worked, were all so extremely powerful and well done, they literally dragged all the above problems, and myself, straight through to the end. I liked it. I really really liked the book.

It was my first from the author, and definitely won’t be my last. But only at a good price. (smiles)

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First Impact on my Fiction : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

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Current Impact on my Fiction, new Novella, “One Night in the Hill Country”

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I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

22 Aug

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Short Chapter Shifts

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Several factors have led me to feel comfortable trying something new out in my fiction.

Not that trying new things is entirely new for me :-)  The related article titles above both have nice examples of creative play.

Series within series

Prose and poetry

And my first 1st-person pov fiction since the early 90s

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I first found I liked short chapters reading a 50 page preview of one of Patterson’s books, Zoo. Couldn’t afford the ebook, so had to wait for State of Fear by Michale Crichton to get another fuller taste of this form.

And being a subscriber on Scribd, I found “lots” more of Michael’s work, including his first books, written as John Lange. http://www.scribd.com/michael5crichton

And Joe Konrath’s book “A Shot of Tequila” gave me a strong taste for scene shifting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Konrath

No, basically I’m talking about these things being new to me, esp in terms of writing my own fiction.

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Grandma and Grandpa Do Lunch in Austin

Where in previous fiction, I worked to build word-based transitions from pov to pov and scene shifts in the story (Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel is a good example) – now, in this new story, I broaden the povs expressed, increasing the shifts in scene.

Since it’s a short story, the scene shifts are within the larger continuous scene of the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking four of the grandchildren, or trying to, to lunch :-)

I find the result similar to watching a half hour television show with multiple characters of interest, like The Middle (one of my wife and I’s favs).

Scene or pov shifts have a small space and asterisk notation.

I add the latter ( * ) because I’ve noticed that, while reading on my iPhone, if the space break between scenes or pov shift are at the bottom of the flip page, sometimes the next section seems to start immediately, and the space break isn’t apparent until you realize there’s been a shift.

Essentially then, I’m working cinematically.

I think I’ve been trying to write like that, for quite awhile. “The Old American Artist” my first novel since 1983, has short chapters and even bounces back and forth on two time-lines, the past and present, til they meet near the end of the book.

What I want to do now, is do it more cleanly, more clearly – oh, and have a lot of fun :-)

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New Mystery-Thriller Novella

As a tease (I plan to do a lot more posts on this) I’ll mention that I’ve finished the second write-through of a new novella, my first longer mystery-thriller since “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” which is a short story.

The new novella, possibly named “One Night in the Hill Country” has over 70 chapters and is running just under 30,000 words.

Below, are previews of both short stories mentioned earlier: “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” and “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

21 Aug

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I’ve a Guest Post on Andrew Knighton’s Site :-)

I’m very glad to say I’ve my first guest post on another person’s site, Short Chapters, My Growing Preference

As proof of the internet’s reach, even for folk like me, Andrew’s located in Northern England, and I’m situated in Texas (though currently visiting Vermont, my wife’s home state.)

Shorter segments has been my growing preference, both in reading and writing, for a while. And mimics my usual poetry length of one page or so.

I get to go into all that in this short piece. Please go by if you can and say hello (smiles.)

Excerpt:

Whether I’m reading shorter chapters or writing them, I’m finding more and more I really enjoy how they encapsulate micro moments in a story’s thread. Like scenes in TV show or movie I really enjoy, like The Middle or instance.

What’s surprising to me is, I should’ve know all along!

Andrew’s an interesting fellow. Be sure and check out his “about” page – http://andrewknighton.com/about/

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Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

My newest short story, “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is my first work where I consciously allowed myself to apply the concept of shorter chapters.

I like the concept of “chapters” vs segments, because they seem to be more complete pieces in themselves. I don’t think that’s a necessary definition, but just something that fits with my own perceptions, and thus works for me.

“Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is a short story, set in Austin Texas, and available via regular major online outlets, subscription services, and libraries.

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Guest Post : Andrew Knighton – Writing With Your Body

18 Aug

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A nice view of the mind-body connection for writers.

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Below is my first guest post on my blog, from a writer, Andrew Knighton, I’ve only recently come across, but whose variety and openness to media of all sorts, appeals to me greatly. He’s universal enough I didn’t even realize he’s in Northern England til recently. (smiles)

Today, he writes about one of my favorite topics, the mind-body connection. Specifically as it applies to writers and creativity. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Writing with your body

Sancho McCann

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Thinking, and therefore writing, is about more than just our brains. Those squishy masses of grey cells and synapses sit within our bodies and are inextricably entangled with them. Despite the dualistic thinking that we sometimes slip into, the mind and body are not separate.

For writers this has two main implications. One is that you really need to take care of your body. But the more exciting implication is that you can use your body to help you to think and write better.

Getting the thoughts flowing

Just getting up and moving about, getting your body active and your blood flowing, can help to get the thoughts flowing too. While going for a walk to clear your head is common advice it was an interview I read with comics writer Jason Aaron that really got the idea through to me. He talked about how he would sometimes go walking for hours, pushing his kid around the park in a pram, mulling over ideas. The walk wasn’t just a break, it was a vital part of the process.

Regular exercise can help to keep both body and mind moving, whether you’re a slightly erratic gym user like me or take a more sedate path like Adan’s yoga habit. The important thing is not to let the physical joints stiffen up, because the mental ones will too.

Being your character

Physical exercises can be great for getting into your character’s mental space by moving your body in the way that they do. Try walking or dancing like your character would, thinking about how their movements are different from yours. Look at theatre exercises designed to help with character. It’s all part of understanding your creations better.

There’s an element of research to this as well. Taking part in activities your character does will help you to understand those activities, to understand how your character experiences them and to get the details right. If your character is a potter then try taking a pottery class, learning about their technique and tools, how they move to get the shape right. If they’re a medieval infantryman then try re-enactment or live roleplay, get a feel for the chaos of a battle line. If they’re a dancer then learn to foxtrot or tango, take the ballrooms by storm so that you’ll know how they do it.

Touching your world

Physical action isn’t just about improving characterization, it can be about improving your descriptions as well. Take your body out into the world and experience it. Walk the streets that your character walks and feel what the pavement is like beneath their feet. Touch the sorts of objects present in your story, notice what that experience is like and think about how you can convey it in words. Using your body to understand your environment will make those descriptions much richer, much more real.

A whole person, a whole writer

It’s a shame to waste any tool that’s available to us as writers, doubly so when that tool is in a very real sense who we are. So make use of your body to enrich your writing, and if you have other exciting ways of doing that then please share them – I’d love to hear more.

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Andrew Knighton is a freelance writer and author of speculative fiction. His first self-published collection of short stories, Riding the Mainspring, is out now. You can read more of his thoughts on his blog at andrewknighton.com and follow him on Twitter where he goes by the handle of @gibbondemon .

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My Note:

Be sure and check out Andrew’s “about” page, where, among other things, he says,  “I indulge in all the best hobbies. Comics, wargames, board games, roleplay games (both live action and tabletop), and of course reading genre fiction. I like to think that it fuels my creativity. Really, it’s all just a big distraction, but isn’t that what life’s all about?”

Thanks so much Andrew, it’s been a pleasure (smiles).

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Opinion – Hachette & Amazon : Advocates, Enough! Please…

7 Aug

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Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

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Free Speech

Yes, thank God we have at least this level of free speech. So in that tradition, here’s my opinion:

Enough!

Spokesmen like James Patterson and Tim Worstall may actually believe they mean well, but…

Come on guys, this is not a shouting contest where the loudest guy corrals the biggest ground swell of echo-shouters, is it?

And if it is, no one is winning.

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If They Were Truly Sincere :

Patterson : – Lack of other offered solutions to save and share our cultural heritages

Why weren’t the majority of authors’ low royalties with big publishers mentioned?

Why weren’t alternatives to high prices like subscriptions offered as ways to preserve literature?

Why weren’t the new discovery methods from Scribd and Apple mentioned as ways to offset the feared onset of “fewer publishing houses equals fewer curators”

and there’s more, but this is enough…

Worstall : – Lack of other offered solutions to save and share our cultural heritages

Why weren’t other computer platforms mentioned?

Why weren’t other subscription or library services mentioned?

Why want to move readers from millions of available titles to several hundred thousand?

and there’s more, but this is enough…

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And there’s more, but this is enough…

Because my point is, all this tit for tat does not replace what’s really going on anyway:

The free enterprise system of letting (within the law) people negotiate and do business.

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I Can Wait

You know, I can wait on some things.

I waited for two years to read Patterson’s Zoo because it was too expensive for my taste. Got it at Half Price Books using a 50% off coupon on top of the discount.

I’m waiting for Amazon to remove the exclusivity requirement from Kindle Unlimited that’s only applied to little authors like me.

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And I can and do offer my titles on other platforms.

I’d like both corporations to better suit me.

But I’m not gonna skew any one side.

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The Result, for Me

I’m losing respect for both Hachette and Amazon. I won’t stop doing business with either one, but it’s never good to lose the public’s good will if you’re in business, especially BIG business, I think.

I’m losing trust for them also. I mean, what is going on?

Exclusively signed authors from Hachette and Amazon speaking out as if neutral?

Or is it really something along the lines of this :

An ultimate battle for terms and options on things like movies, which Hachette evidently has lots of control of, and which Amazon wants in order to build a true multi-media competitor to Netflix and cable and HBO and Hulu and others?

Whatever it is, it’s gotten out of hand for me.

Where’s my iPod? (smiles)

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Disclosures

I own, enjoy, and use an iPhone, MacBook, and Kindle.

I have and use apps for Scribd, Oyster, OverDrive, Kindle, and Kobo.

I subscribe to, or have subscribed to, or will subscribe to : my library, Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, and Scribd.

I read Joe Konrath, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Matthew Iden, and more new authors than I can list.

And, I openly wish ALL of us, the very best.

Don’t we need it?

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Scribd vs Kindle Unlimited – Scribd, for Readers Writers & Libraries (For Now)

28 Jul

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Related Articles :

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription -

Unbelievably wonderfully varied response from librarians around the world saying what they’re doing in their local communities and libraries. All in the comment thread, over 200 responses.

Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens

Very intensely debated comment thread.

My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Still hoping to have this happen, even after two months running.

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Two short librarian poems I wrote in the early 90s.

Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

Precursor post about which subscription program I like best right now. Written before Kindle Unlimited appeared.

Kindle Unlimited

One of many KU program reviews, but nicely clearly written. Has a still developing comment thread, pros and cons.

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Up Front

I want to sell on all available outlets I feel comfortable with and trust.

The day Kindle Unlimited is non-exclusive with other terms within the listing contract the same or better as now, I will have all my titles listed with KU.

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For Readers

Please Note:

This is slightly reformatted repost of a comment I placed at Indies Unlimited for the article, Kindle Unlimited. The “Writers” and “Libraries” Headers further below are new to this article.

Bolded section breaks have been added in this post.

Intro

Pedro, I’ve found there’s more similarities than differences, though the latter can be significant, just depending on your needs.

Amazon of course has an ease of use and reach that makes it the gorilla everyone either hates or loves or is unsure about :-)

I use Amazon and Scribd daily, both their apps and differing titles.

I read, and write, on my iPhone, Kindle Fire, MacBook, and (with a pencil) on paper.

Apps

Apps are continually being upgraded, so I haven’t found enough that Scribd’s or Oyster’s or Amazon’s reading apps have that would make me dump either of them.

Titles Checked Out at One Time

Scribd lets you keep in your library to read, I believe – unless it’s changed, up to 20 titles vs 10 from Amazon. I don’t find that a useful difference at my level either.

Prices

Prices are also too close to matter for me.

Title Selection

That leaves title selection.

KU is exclusive, though I hope that changes.

But while it is, one can legitimately say there is creative work in KU that’s not in Scribd.

Unfortunately, the inverse is also true – all the titles in Scribd, though not exclusive to them, are excluded from Kindle Unlimited.

Where the problem between the two has been for me, and why, though I have all my titles with Amazon’s regular store, I don’t have any in Select or Kindle Unlimited, is -

If I like a title on one, and want to recommend it to a friend, I have a different experience with one platform over the other.

In Kindle Unlimited, not all my friends buy from Amazon, and even less are in Kindle Unlimited. A recommended title within that subscription program, would mean my friend would have to join KU to enjoy that title, or buy it.

More and more of the people I know, are preferring and enjoying the ease and benefits of being in a subscription program.

If I recommend a title from Scribd, and they don’t want to join Scribd, they at least have quite a few options for finding and reading it elsewhere : iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Oyster, Amazon’s regular Kindle store (though not KU) – and maybe most importantly – libraries.

Libraries

I’ve read that titles in Select and KU are excluded even from libraries.

Exclusivity

Amazon, in my opinion, simply doesn’t need exclusivity anymore to attract business.

Even if KU gets bundled, or a combo bundle is optionally offered, with Prime – readers will want the spectrum of available titles.

The only things I pay attention to as being exclusive, is a handful of currently wildly popular titles or movies or TV shows. And sometimes that desired handful shrinks to just a couple of fingers :-)

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For Writers

Discoverability

As a writer, my main concern, beyond completing a work I like, is being able to sell it.

I feel subscription plans have the best chance of doing that for me for one simple reason : easy discoverability.

If all my work is not fully listed on a platform, obviously it’s not even searchable, much find-able.

All my work, not a sample, not a first volume, must be such that a reader, if they desire, can simply access it on the sales channel they like.

So regular sales channels, like Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Amazon’s regular eBook store, will work.

Subscriptions work better because the struggle of decided “what to buy” is gone.

The guilt or frustration of buying something one doesn’t care for, is gone.

Reading another work of mine you might like, is easy.

Paid for in the subscription.

Available anytime.

Any title.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited does not allow me to offer my work to people who prefer to shop elsewhere.

When and if that changes, and the other terms are the same or better than now, I’ll have my work on KU.

Right now, I am more discoverable on Scribd than Kindle Unlimited, because can also still be found on all other non-exclusive outlets, including Amazon’s regular ebook store.

Price Free as I Wish

I have six titles priced free.

My Free page on my site lists the titles and where I sell.

One or more outlets may choose to not price free as per my preference.

Kindle Unlimited will not.

Scribd does.

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For Libraries

This is a sad section for me.

I really didn’t even know that Select / Kindle Unlimited titles weren’t eligible to be made available to libraries.

This seems to go against everything I’ve ever thought and felt about how books are preserved and shared in our country, via libraries.

Scribd does not currently distribute to libraries.

It also does not, as a condition of doing business, prohibit my doing so.

Scribd is my best choice here also.

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

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Last Word – Things Can and Will Change

Obviously, based on what’s happened recently, things digital can and will change.

That’s why, just as when I picked Scribd as my choice over Oyster in regard to which I felt was best, it was for that moment in time, thus it is with Scribd and Kindle Unlimited.

I pick Scribd as best for me, as a reader, a writer, and for libraries – for now.

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Amazon – Will price match to Free at its discretion. Please report any title listed below that you find free elsewhere to them. They may choose to price match to free also.

Also, for these free titles, I have elected the “lending” option via Amazon. I haven’t used this program, but evidently, if you own a copy, you can lend it to another person for 14 days. Info for users is at : http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320

Barnes & Noble – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

iTunes – Consistently prices to Free when received via Smashwords.

Kobo – Seems to price to Free when received via Smashwords

Smashwords – Prices set as per author’s request.

Subscription Services

ScribdNo subscription required to read my books priced Free.

Oyster – Unsure. May require subscription. Please contact Oyster for details.

Libraries

OverDrive – Distributor to libraries around the world. Various entitles are able to receive inventory from OverDrive. Difficult for individuals to contact.

Your Local Library – Please request any titles you may like from your local library. Most libraries can carry any title that OverDrive has listed. Please be aware that the local librarian may have to find mine, and other indie authors’, titles, via a special category search under “Shop” – then within “Self-Published.” It is hoped this round-about access to the usual simple search in OverDrive may be corrected in the future.

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Libraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

25 Jul

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayLibraries – Not Just an Alternative, a Hope

My Titles  are available to libraries nationwide via OverDrive and Smashwords.

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The Limits of “Unlimited”  -

One of the best articles I’ve come across explaining the current value of libraries to communities and readers. Lots of links. Surprisingly not very long for its density of information.

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Originally I thought this was a satire. The 200+ and still growing! comment thread (including responses from the author of the article) assured me it was not.

If he was trying to give Amazon some commercial push for their new ebook subscription program, he couldn’t have done a worse job. Librarians and regular folk from around the world have responded, basically updating the values of both libraries in general and libraries in those commentators own communities.

Example after example of programs and initiatives via and from libraries to help people.

Commercial ebook subscriptions from Amazon, Scribd, and Oyster are great. I have my work in the latter two, and would in the former if not exclusive. They are, in my opinion, valuable compliments, not replacements, for libraries. I’ve read the CEOs of Scribd and Oyster express as much, and can’t imagine Amazon feeling much different. I mean, even car companies aren’t against taxis. :-)

My Books on OverDrive via Smashwords – Distributing to Libraries Nationwide

Announcement of my commitment to lend my books out via libraries.

Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

Short fun piece via The Digital Reader of how a small library is not only entering the digital age and 21st century, but helping shape it within its own small community.

Poems for Librarians, Original Poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

Two original short poems I wrote for and about librarians back in the 90s.

Ask Your Library for My Titles!

Comprehensive list of my titles by topic: mysteries, Paris, Austin, fiction, images, poetry.

Hopefully helpful to readers and librarians in choosing one of my work to enjoy.

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Separation of Indie Titles from Main Search Page

We need a fully functioning libraries. Ones that puts indies on par with other authors in terms of accessibility.

Libraries are not corporations.

Titles from varying levels of writers should not be in separate search functions, with a majority of self-published works not available for search on the initial search landing page listing work from high paying corporations.

In regard to the over 20,000 local libraries and communities of readers our work could interface with directly, getting OverDrive, and possibly Baker & Taylor, to not segregate self-published works off the main landing search field page, would be HUGE.

After two months of opting all my titles to libraries via OverDrive through Smashwords, not one single title is discoverable or searchable in my town of Austin.

In contrast, liking Scribd and Oyster’s open non-exclusive subscription models, and wishing Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited didn’t limit me (so I could participate there also), doesn’t diminish how I value libraries.

Those are complimentary but different functions. Public and private.

Degrees of restricted selection (loosely so, to rigid) vs open availability of books.

An indie guild, or union, or loosely structured association – or libraries – may be the only thing that keeps reading from the control it’s been under for a long time.

Thus, libraries are now not just an alternative – but a hope.

A distinctively happening hope.

Now if I can just get OverDrive to deliver my digital books to the libraries! :-)

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My Local Austin Library Links

Virtual Library

http://library.austintexas.gov/virtual

Via OverDrive

http://austinlibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E63E2DF9-7198-49C7-AAD6-15355040030D/10/50/en/Default.htm

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My Exclusivity Quandary with Kindle Unlimited

23 Jul

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter medMy Exclusivity Quandary with Kindle Unlimited

Please Note: Just my reasoning for me. Please explore all options as they apply to you.

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One of several titles available free from participating outlets.

No subscription or account needed at either Scribd or Smashwords for this title.

More FREE titles listed at end of article.

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

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Note: I don’t agree with everything these three guys say, though most of it – but they definitely make great points worth pondering; more evenly balanced than most posts one usually sees.

Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions

http://www.davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/

No More Shitty Baskets

http://www.hughhowey.com/no-more-shitty-baskets

Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/kindle-unlimiteds-two-tier-system-makes-some-authors-second-class-citizens/

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http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/kindle-unlimiteds-two-tier-system-makes-some-authors-second-class-citizens/

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Reminder :

Just my reasoning for me. Please explore all options as they apply to you.

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I wanted to go exclusive in Kindle Unlimited, but…

A Reason : Dislike of Exclusiveness

In a very intense thread on the KBoards, Kindle Unlimited: the scoop, http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=189900.new#new , in response to a post about concern of how sales would affect rankings of books, I say,

I would say it’s even more problematic than that. Search results and rankings “may” be being skewed via who is exclusive and who is not within KDP.

“If” so, this creates a two tier system. A form of gatekeeper based on exclusivity.

David Gaughran addresses some of these possible imbalances (also commented about on this thread by other folk) :

http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/kindle-unlimited-the-key-questions/

A basic possible sense of unfairness, though, didn’t stop me from once again putting a title into Select, Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa.

What prompted me to finally decide to use my three day option (very fair option by Amazon) and pull my title and make it available where non-exclusive is allowed (Scribd, Oyster, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and libraries) – was simply logistics.

Main Reason – Logistical Discovery

Quite frankly, five free days (vs any number of free days I might want, at my discretion, at other platforms) has not been any boon for me. So that was not a factor, even going in during my three days.

No, it was in regard to letting folk know the new title was there.

Here’s a fictionalized account of my thoughts :-)

Yay! Another Outlet – Great, a subscription program from Amazon! Can’t wait to tell all my customers and friends!

Devil’s Advocate - I guess you could do a blog post, tweet and Google+ it. Maybe the people who see any of that will sign up.

Yay! Another Outlet – Yeah. They can sign up. Just like with Scribd or Oyster or their library.

Devil’s Advocate Self – ‘Course, they may want to drop one of the other pay subscriptions.

Yay! Another Outlet – Oh. But I only have the one title in Kindle Unlimited (KU). That’s ok. Then folk’ll go buy the other titles in the regular part of Amazon.

Devil’s Advocate - Is that what you think would happen for people who signed up for Scribd or Oyster?

Yay! Another Outlet – Well, no, but…

Devil’s Advocate – You’ll need to shift more titles into exclusive with KU.

Yay! Another Outlet - No, I can’t do that, those are on Scribd and Oyster, and I want them there and other places.

Devil’s Advocate – You can do it. Like some bloggers have said. You can move digital content any time.

Yay! Another Outlet – Not really. Select is locked in for 90 days. I’ve tried that, well, a few other times…

Devil’s Advocate – Three other times.  Last time, all in. Maybe this time will be different.

Yay! Another Outlet – I don’t know. Anything not exclusive gets less promo suggestions, if any. And if everybody goes into KU, then it’s just back to the same thing, gotta get sales to get promos to get sales.

Devil’s Advocate – Then don’t do Kindle Unlimited.

Yay! Another Outlet – But I want to!

Devil’s Advocate Self – Wait til it goes open, without exclusivity.

Yay! Another Outlet – When is that?

Devil’s Advocate Self – I don’t know. Maybe never.

Yay! Another Outlet – I’m stuck.

Devil’s Advocate - Deciding what to do, yes, maybe. Being in an exclusive arrangement without much more benefit, maybe less, than not being in it, no. That you can decide.

And I rescinded my decision to be in Select and Kindle Unlimited, and chose to be everywhere else…

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Available at : etailers, subscription services, and libraries.

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To my friends, and really anyone else, choosing to remain or join KU, all my best wishes for you.

I don’t like to burn bridges, though I’ve had some burned behind me as I left :-)

One never knows where one will walk, and may need that bridge again…

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The truth is, in my opinion, Amazon doesn’t even need exclusivity anymore…

  • Amazon is successfully big enough not to require exclusivity from hundred of thousands of indies that don’t make enough to make excluding themselves from everyone not in Kindle Unlimited
  • Amazon is trusted enough it will and does draw and retain customers without penalizing small self-published authors by not being able to sell elsewhere.

Not for the hundreds of thousands of struggling writers across all platforms, theirs (Amazon), Apple, Barnes & Nobe, Kobo, Smashwords, libraries.

Examples from other fields…

IBM, in the 80s, stayed closed system and things went a different direction from them. See “Halt & Catch Fire” – story of Compaq Computer. Fantastic show.

http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

More recently, the success of Android is another example

http://bgr.com/2014/07/01/android-market-share-2014/

Yes, these aren’t perfect match-ups, but the part about exclusivity, I believe, fits. Mostly :-)

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Bottomline :

Amazon is successful and trusted enough to go it wide open.

When and if it lifts the barrier to all indies, and no longer favors those exclusive vs those non-exclusive that list, I’ll gladly put all my titles in.

Assuming royalties and terms are the same or comparable to now of course :-)

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Free Stuff, No Exclusivity Needed

As an example of non-exclusive and competing benefits, Scribd allows free-pricing and folk can read my free books on Scribd (thus trying it out) without an account.

I would place all my books in a non-exclusive Amazon subscription program.

If the other features remain the same :-)

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Currently Priced Free

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Around Blvd St-Germain Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2

Non-fiction photo-memoir.

Original Paris images from an extended stay my wife and I enjoyed in Paris late 2012.

Introduces the series Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks. Is a re-creation, with added commentary and links, to a series of free blog posts featuring the first 12 days in Paris. Day 13 begins a serial series of eBooks.

Days 13 through 30+ enjoy the benefit of more images, expanded commentary and links, plus the unexpected perspective of time, the latter mingling memories with new insights.

The Concert

Chosen because it features all six young cousins (ages 9-18) featured in many of my short stories, novels, and novellas. Set in Austin, it is also the first of four in a series that introduces their relationships and adventures for all future stories they are involved in.

Very short, cute, humorous, and very Austin-y.

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

One of several stories involving Rosetta and Arturo, grandparents to the six cousins. Also is a great intro to my many stories set in Paris.

Predominately about the two grandparents relationship, and how it subtly changes when they come across the six grandchildren near the end of the story.

Slumming in Paris Part Two

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Slumming in Paris Part 2 : With The Children – Welcome to Paris

First of seven novellas which finish out the Slumming in Paris series. Part One is a romantic novella featuring Arthur and Gricinda, before the arrival of the six cousins in Paris.

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)

My most enduring free listed title. One of my first to be formatted into an ebook, and slightly wonky and awkward because of that. Is scheduled for an overhaul this year (summer 2014), and will remain priced free.

My wife Sheila and I have been nationally certified as fitness instructors, and this book is a compilation of material from my website. Much of the material has been very important to our health and happiness. And much of that important material was information we didn’t even know we didn’t know. :-)

Going to SXSW in Our 60s medGoing to SXSW in our 60s, Photo Memoir -

Fun non-fiction photo-memoir with links and commentary.

Also provides nice background for some Austin short stories, such as, “Grandma and Grandpa @ Dirty Sixth Street.”

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