It came to my attention yesterday that you can self-publish a “book” of any length with Kindle Direct Publishing, for free. So I gave it a whirl, and submitted a short story I wrote several years ago. It took slightly more than the 15 minutes advertised, because I had to take a minute to find suitable cover art. But there it is: I am now every bit as published as C.S. Lewis. You can buy my book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01513ZIJ8
The price was set at 99 cents, with a 35% royalty going to me. I could have gotten a 70% cut, but I would have been required to charge $2.99, and my conscience couldn’t allow recommending anybody pay three dollars for 3500 words of content.
Now, of course, the only problem is that anybody interested has likely already read it. If you have read my story before, I would find it very amusing to see your review on the Amazon page.
The Kindle has many advantages as a reading device: It’s light and portable, generally smaller than the average paperback, by volume. It can hold thousands of books, and keep your place in all of them. Purchasing a book on the Kindle is thousands of times faster than having it delivered through the mail, which is an incredible advantage on the road, away from good book stores. Its paging system makes it seem remarkably like a book, as does its reflective digital ink. However, there is one significant flaw:
I have never broken a book; not in my pocket, not in the mail. So far I have broken two Kindles.
Assuming an outstanding warranty service, which Amazon seems to have, the delivery time on a Kindle is the same as a book. Only, if I ever did manage to break a book, it would be just the one book. With the kindle, break it, and you’ve broken your whole library!
Ok. I now know exactly what I want for Christmas. More Amazon money. Even on the Kindle, books are expensive!
I can buy books used, for pennies to dollars, but then the delivery time is measured in weeks, and there’s still the cost of postage.
I’m not used to actually having to pay for my reading habit. But it feels like the library system has crashed for me. I haven’t seen a book I was looking for available for immediate check-out from a library in years.