Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If [...]

Might subscriptions be the best option for tech news?

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not long after I posted my essay about how hard it is to make any money blogging, Bloomberg View has an article showing that even the major tech industry blogs face the same problem. Noting that Kara Swisher and Walter Mossberg’s Re/Code just sold itself to The Verge operator Vox Media after only [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Sargent: Major publishers learning, trying new things with e-books

By Chris Meadows
December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here are an interesting juxtaposition of posts that just came to light today. In the first, Kristine Kathryn Rusch at last returns to blogging about the publishing industry with an end-of-year post that is both interesting and scary. Last year, I wrote an open letter asking the Big Five publishers [...]

Members-Only Bookstores: What Would Make You Pay?

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Book Riot has a great little article up exploring the concept of a members-only bookstore. As the article explains, this idea has been floated around (most recently by Bloomberg News, whom they cite) as a way to ‘save’ the bricks-and-mortar bookstore against showrooming, the practice [...]

Magazines could benefit by going to monthly subscriptions

By libertyc
January 22, 2012 // 3 Comments

On paidContent, Gregory Galant suggests a way that the magazine industry could help itself stay afloat that does not involve making an iPad app. He points out that in its focus on digital, the industry seems to be ignoring certain other aspects of the overall magazine customer service [...]

Bookstore sells book subscriptions with personalized recommendation service

By libertyc
November 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Publishing Perspectives, Rachel Aydt has an interesting story about a bookseller who has decided to try to make use of the Internet in an unusual way to sell more books. Roxanne Coady, owner of R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, has a personalized reading recommendation and [...]

SFF magazine experiments with freemium model on Kindle Store

By Chris Walters
August 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

The magazine “Fantasy & Science Fiction,” which has been around for over 60 years, is trying out a new way to sell copies: it’s going to start giving away the nonfiction sections, plus one fiction story, from each issue for free through the Kindle Store, while offering a paid [...]

The New Yorker reports 100,000 read it on iPad

By libertyc
August 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Condé Nast’s magazine The New Yorker has released sales figures for its iPad magazine edition. It claims 100,000 iPad readers, 20,000 of whom have bought a $59.99 yearly subscription. The bulk of those readers are made up of 75,000 print subscribers who have taken advantage of the bundling offer [...]

Subscription-based ebookseller 24Symbols releases iPad app

By Chris Walters
July 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Spanish company, which launched earlier this month, has just announced a free iPad app. The app uses a sliding pane interface similar to Twitter’s iPad app, but for now it’s pretty bare bones. The same might be said for the company’s book selection at the present, at least [...]

24 Symbols co-founder explains why publishers should consider an e-book subscription service

By libertyc
July 19, 2011 // 2 Comments

And speaking of cloud-based subscription models for e-reading, Publishing Perspectives has another company-founder-written column. Justo Hidalgo, co-founder of 24Symbols (which we covered here and here), writes about the cloud-based subscription model of his company and how he believes it can turn [...]

Philadelphia newspaper to introduce subsidized Android tablets

By Chris Walters
July 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

In a news conference yesterday afternoon, the Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the newspapers The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, announced plans to beta test a subsidized tablet subscription offer to readers this August. So far the publisher hasn’t named which Android [...]

The Times of London reportedly has 100,000 paid digital subscribers

By Chris Walters
July 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

Ever since Rupert Murdoch’s The Times erected a paywall a year ago, observers have been curious about whether it could bring in enough paying readers with such a strict no-free-content policy. This week, AdNews reported that the newspaper “now has 101,036 people signed up to its digital [...]

New York Times iPad app outage Monday angered paying subscribers

By libertyc
July 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

On Monday, Network World reported, an update to the New York Times iPad app caused the app to stop working for its users. This would be annoying in and of itself, but the icing on the cake is that iPad readers have to pay subscription fees starting at $20 per month to access the paper that way. [...]

Joe Wikert calls for a way to subscribe to an author’s collected output

By Chris Walters
July 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

“Why can’t I subscribe to an author?” asks O’Reilly’s Joe Wikert in a post on his personal Kindleville blog last week. He points out that while you can gather all the RSS feeds, Google alerts, and hashtag searches you like, it’s not the most efficient way to [...]

Angry Robot rolls out all-you-can-read annual ebook subscription

By Chris Walters
July 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

Sci-fi/fantasy publisher Angry Robot Books has announced a new annual subscription model for its ebook store. For £69, you get every new release for the next twelve months, which AR promises will consist of at minimum 24 titles. For books that are part of a series, subscribers will be able to [...]

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