Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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.