Amazon is pricing the hardcovers of many of the most popular titles at $9.99. To make it an even sweeter deal, you can sell many of these hardcovers back to Amazon through its Trade in program. For example, Lover Mine by JR Ward is priced at $9.99 (we’ll have dueling reviews on Monday of Lover Mine) but you can sell it back to Amazon for $7.70, making the book $2.29 to read. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris is priced at $9.99 and the trade in value is $6.50. It works for some paperbacks as well. Interested in Nothing but Trouble by Rachel Gibson after the positive review by Jayne (I know I am), you can buy it for $7.99 and sell it back for $4.05.
Of course, trade in prices probably vary greatly but if you were a Prime member, you could order today, get the book in two days, and still have time to read it and send it back by the due date set by Amazon.
Kindle will be sold in the Target stores starting with its flagship store in Minneapolis and then 102 south Florida stores. I guess the Amazon demographic is older people with vision problems that would benefit from larger text? I am just wildly speculating. No word in the press release when there will be a wider release.
I hope Target has Kindle gift cards like they did Sony giftcards.
Last year at the Digital Rogue seminar, Kassia Krozser talked about rights and books. She indicated that chunking was going to be a movement in the future. Chunking is the selling of chunks of content versus an entire work. One of the signs that this may be coming soon is the move by Ether books to focus on publishing short works for cell phone users. Another ebook seller called eBookPie is offering a “Chapterizer” feature:
The Chapterizer enables publishers to quickly and affordably split eBooks and other documents of any length into stand-alone, fully packaged content chunks, including eChapters, eSections and eArticles. For example, with just a click the Chapterizer can instantly turn a 15-chapter eBook into 15 or more fully packaged and saleable eChapters . Each eChapter can include a cover, customized front and back matter, and a customized marketing page
This might be a way to get more teens to read given that they spend far more time with their cell phones than any other device.
Former MFA grad talks about the ambivalence she has toward MFA grad programs given that so few of the graduates actually go on to write and publish a novel. There’s something “unwholesome” about it. The underlying thought here is that the MFA grad programs are selling something that can and will be accomplished by only a tiny few. Reminds me of some other programs that sell the dream to many with full knowledge only a fraction of the members will achieve print published success.
Sarah blogged about the editing errors in ebooks. They are many. She suggests getting a refund for those books. Amazon will not fix these books but will give a refund because of Bezos promise not to touch anything on a reader’s device again short of a court order.
Kristie J has some great reviews up for books we haven’t read here at Dear Author including Rose Lerner’s In for a Penny. A number of people have came out with accolades for this book. Anyone here read it?