The world of publishing seems to be changing at a very rapid pace these days and to some extent I think the true winners may be those who maintain the portals to the books. In this case I mean the likes of Amazon.
If you don’t know about it already you will soon that Amazon has finally launched its Kindle Unlimited program. For $9.99 a month subscribers will have “unlimited” access to 600,000 Kindle e-books and 2,000 audiobooks, and you don’t need a Kindle device to access this material, you just need the app.
So, the fight for providing access to books (both electronic and audio) keeps heating up.
Some comparisons have been made in that this move has been described as the Netflix equivalent for books.
There’s also reference to Amazon having an end goal of eliminating the traditional book business model rendering the delivery of books almost directly from writer to Kindle.
I say almost because as any self-published or indie author knows, and as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, some of the fastest growing businesses in the publishing world are those who provide services to indie authors. Also, Amazon has its own imprints that rival traditional publishers.
Only time will tell if this is a good thing for indie authors or not, but more importantly it is going to be interesting and fascinating to see the impact on readers and libraries.
As Amazon’s website advertises the Kindle Unlimited experience, their message is to “Watch the journey unfold.” I know that I will be watching.