Monday, December 24, 2007

Self Publishing with Kindle

I haven't really blogged about the Kindle yet, as I didn't have anything particularly relevant to add to the many discussions going on about this device, and I'd rather comment after seeing one first-hand. In case you haven't run across those many discussions, the Kindle is Amazon's new e-reader, an electronic book with tight connectivity to the Amazon store.

I'll leave specifics about the device aside, as I still have yet to see one in person. However, I came across this fascinating tidbit - anyone can self-publish e-books to the Kindle, using Amazon's new Digital Text Platform. Books can be between .99 cents and 200 dollars, and the author gets 35% (read the legal contract before signing up, the terms may change). One interesting tidbit is that you must agree to allow Amazon to sell your book without DRM, even though they do not currently do so.

In order to try this out, I e-published my earlier story, WishBox, affordably priced at one dollar. (Not so affordable if you are counting per word price, but hey, you can read it here on my blog for free, so nothing to complain about, right?)

If there's interest, I may publish the old Scorched Earth manual as an ebook - that's officially out of print now (a collector's item if you happen to have one) - although I doubt the demand is very high.


Steve said...

A couple of the great things about the Kindle publishing platform:

* the base of potential readers will continue to grow arithmetically as more and more Kindles get into circulation

* it is ideal for short-form publishing: articles, stories, excerpted chapters -- and thus a good way to market-test a publishing project

I've had some good luck with an article about how to make the most of the Kindle publishing oppotunity and a couple of other pieces on what the Kindle can do (including email) - they are linked at my blog (


Sprig said...

Thanks for the note. I hope Amazon is willing to open their ebooks beyond just their own devices in the future - that would expand the reachable market even more.