Well, I’ve once again made my books Amazon exclusive. I last did this in 2012 (before Untimed even came out). Now, not only is there Kindle Select with its ability to run free day promotions, and the Kindle Lending Library where you can get paid if people borrow your book on Prime, but there is the new Kindle Unlimited program.
It’s this last, since it’s so new, that seems worth trying out. Generally, jumping early on a new Amazon thing has been fairly advantageous (it sure was with the Kindle free days). The new program allows me to list my book in a library that new subscribers (paying $9.99 a month) can download for “free” (as Matt Groening once said: “at no perceivable extra charge” — one having paid $9.99 a month). They pay out of that same weird fixed amount that has typically been $2 a buy (fine on a $2.99 book).
I personally wouldn’t want to read that way as my time to read, the small cost of books, and the desire to read exactly what I want makes the tradeoff poor. And I’m a big Netflix fan, but TV/Movie watching is far, far different than reading, as the cost per hour is so much higher and the increment smaller. I don’t want to pay for a season to check out a few episodes, as that is often $20 for 1-2 hours (and I’d know if I like it quickly). Whereas ebooks are generally $2-10 and they take 10-20 hours to read. Still, many people may like the service.
Besides, I don’t sell much on iTunes or Kobo, and not too much on B&N. We’ll see how it all works out.