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    • CommentAuthorcjhurtt
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2009
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    It will be interesting to see if this model ends up paying authors more than short fiction magazines and anthologies do.


    Christ, lately it would almost have to.

    Not only for consumers, but for a creator to be able to preview their work on it before making it available to the public.


    There is a preview function when you load you book up. How accurate it is I don't know. I don't have a Kindle either and am just operating on faith.
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      CommentAuthorWinterman
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2010 edited
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    Well.

    I did the math.

    If you're a noob-to-mid-level short story writer you stand to make between 3 and 5 cents per word for your stories sold. Presuming you can find a venue that isn't glutted by more-famous-than-you writers who are, essentially, slumming.

    For a short story (up to 7500ish words) you're talking between 225 bucks (US) and 375 per.

    I haven't put any novels up on the KINDLE platform but i do have several short stories there. If I sell two a day for 99 cents (US), I clear 35 cents each. At the end of the year I should make roughly the same amount for each as I would if I'd sold them to magazines or anthologies.

    Why is the the one year timeline a factor? Because, when you sell a short, you're generally disallowed from selling it elsewhere for about a year so as not to compete with other venues.

    It's the future. Embrace.
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      CommentAuthoradaengine
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    You could just sell your book from your own site as a pdf, and then your customers can e-mail that file from their own computers to their kindle e-mail addresses, and the book transfers to the kindle like any other ebook. Then you keep 100% of the profits, and Amazon is simply an uplink for your customer to transfer the file. I'm sure you'd need to experiment a bit to see what margins/fonts/formats transfer the best, but hey.
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      CommentAuthorWinterman
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
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    Unlike our Mr. Ellis, my personal site doesn't get the traffic AMAZON does.
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    I figured it was coming, since some title for kindle -on the ipod at least- are in full color. For example, the artwork in Brom's _the Child Thief_ on kindle are in color, though at least from what I can tell on the ipod, not very hi res. Lacking an actual kindle, I can't tell how detailed it'd be on that, but one thing I am curious about is the resolution of images on it. How much detail can you pack into it?
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      CommentAuthorWinterman
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
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    I experimented with a b&w comic (grayscale) about a year ago. The resolution was fine. A better artist with more time on his or her hands could do fairly well, I think.

    I didn't know any version of Kindle offered a color option (even the iPhone, PC emulators).

    Interesting.....