Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Czerwony Kościół

Okay, I published my Polish translated version of The Red Church to Smashwords, through a creative arrangement with the publisher (basically trading print rights for ebook rights), and discovered Kindle doesn't support Eastern European languages...yet. So my move to take over the world hits a snag. That's good, because I'm a little tired at the moment!

Of course, the big news is Kindle has introduced an ad-supported Kindle for $25 cheaper--if you don't mind an ad as a screensaver you can save money. I am not putting up a link because it's easy to find. Just go to Amazon and you can't avoid it. As a writer, I think it's great that it will help expand our markets, and Amazon is going to make a ton on content long after the devices are cheap. But it's also the first move into ad-supported e-books. My unpopular prediction ("unpopular" because people somehow feel threatened by change) is that e-books will be primarily ad-supported by in five years (well, now just a little more than four). I am optimistic there will remain a way for writers to make money, or the books will stop, and the content will collapse, and so will the advertising. So everyone will find a way to make it work.

My friend Stacey Turner has featured an interview with me today at Spot Speaks.


Nicholas La Salla said...

I don't know -- I think I'd rather spend the extra $20 just to be free of ads. If this encourages a larger portion of the market to join the Kindle legion, then by all means I'm all for it.

But I think they need to do better than $25.


Brenda said...

Looks like your unpopular theory is coming true, Scott. I think the unpopular part about the theory is that most people don't enjoy all the ads on television so probably groan at the thought of ads in books. Since most characters drink favorite beverages, drive certain models, wear specific shoes and such by necessity, maybe product placement would be more natural.

Neal Hock said...

Just make sure you keep the chicken poop off your crystal ball.


author Scott Nicholson said...

I don't care what the future does--I'm strapping on and riding! I don't ascribe moral qualities to these things...if it allows me to sit out in the country and stare out the window, I'm all for it!


Nicholas La Salla said...

Well said! At least they're still giving us the opportunity to succeed.

Monster A Go-Go said...

World domination is so very OVERRATED...at least, that's what I hear.