Kindle Serials – Jeff Bezos and I Have News
Wow, really? Â Kindle serials? Â If you’ve been reading this blog this week, you know how excited I’ve been about my latest publishing experiment. Â It’s well after midnight and I’m seriously babbling, but I have to share the coincidence with my readers.
On 2 September 2012, I released episode 1 of The Secret Lives of Librarians at Amazon. Â Yes, a subscription novel.Â I released it in 2 ways, since Amazon didn’t really give me an option. One edition contains the first episode and will rise in price with each subsequent episode. Â The ebook will automatically update as I add episodes, so the reader can enjoy them on a regular basis or stockpile the episodes for one long read later. Â Seamless, no?
The other version of my serial release is through separate episodes. Â The first Episode is already up under “The Key to Hell and Death” (episode 1 of The Secret Lives of Librarians). Â This weekend, episode 2, “The Fourth Witch,” will be released as a separate ebook–as well as added to the automatic cumulative ebook. Â Does that make sense?
I’m always experimenting so it just seemed like something new to try, especially for a book that’s longer than the Obama-Care package (just kidding…sorta). It’s closer to Game of Thrones in length.
One thing I like about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is that he’s willing to experiment, too, and on 6 September 2012, Amazon announced that they’ll be publishing 8 kindle serial ebooks in 6 parts each, released every month. Â It’s not quite the same set up as I’ve devised but not far off either. Â Of course, I can’t take credit for developing the serial novel–that started a couple of centuries ago when episodes of novels appeared in newspapers, long before we watched our fiction on weekly TV.
So are kindle serials something in the collective consciousness? Â Since I released The Secret Lives of Librarians‘ first episode a few days ago, I’ve heard other authors talk of trying it, too. Â And yes, I’ve tried it long ago on my website with a different novel, but this is the first of my KINDLE serials.
Let’s just say I’m really pleased to share a with with Jeff Bezos. Â I’m also really tired, so I’ll take a tip from my complex characters and even more complex plot and say, “To be continued.”