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Ebook Library from Amazon?

Ebook Library from Amazon?

A part of me is horrified by the idea of this.  Amazon offering a subscription service which would allow readers access to a number of digital books at a time. This move raises many concerns.  (Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library - WSJ.com)

Will writers get enough compensation so they can afford to keep writing?

It makes me think about the infographic about how much musicians make from online streaming services.

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?

Breaking The Free Model

I give away most of my fiction for free off the idea that people who love it will pay for it, but this model will make them feel like they already did pay for the book.

The beauty of the current model is that I don't need to be a mass market success to make a living from writing, and this will seriously jeopardize that. I suppose that means I will have to do something special to encourage my readers to help me out, but it will break the emerging model even more than it already is.

The only benefit I can see is that I would be compensated for the reads that would have been free.  Kind of like putting several pennies in one hand while taking the dollars out of the other. 

Not sure what to think about this.

 

Free eBook Review: Ivory by Steve Merrifield

From the looks of the cover of this free eBook, you might suspect Ivory is a horror book, and it is, but in a way you could never imagine. This new book is surprisingly engaging and better than those I’ve read straight from the bookstore shelves. Ivory is a mute girl who bewitches anyone she comes into contact with. When Martin runs into her with his car, she captivates him and causes him to find the artistic creativity he thought he’d lost forever.

Stranger than her lack of injuries is Ivory’s striking physical appearance with stark white hair and skin, and jet black eyes.

Finding she is a prostitute, Martin provides her with the means to live without the dangerous profession. He encourages her to get off the streets and away from men that may harm her, abuse her, or take advantage of her.

There are hints at Ivory being special, but is she immortal or merely nature's most precious creation?  One thing is sure, there is more to Ivory than her absolute beauty. Why does she have such power over all those who see her? Does she have the power to turn burnouts into award winners? Gay men straight? Law-abiding citizens into murders? Perhaps. But at what price? The question Martin has to ask himself is… Is she worth the loss of his family, his job, and his sanity?

I enjoyed this romp through London’s underworld and felt as if I was right there in the car with Martin as he realized the world as he knew it was coming to an end. This chilling read takes you through the artistic mind of a genius, the crooked world of prostitution, and the mysterious atmosphere of voodoo ritual.

Some of you are scared to try free eBooks because they might be badly edited or riddled with typos or even be written horribly. Ivory had none of these faults. This book is awesome and I encourage all of you with a digital device, or an interest in reading online to check out Ivory. It’s free. You really have nothing to lose. If you enjoy it, please leave a review for this brilliant new talent to let other readers know.

You can find Ivory free at Smashwords.com