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Our August Author Interviews--8/2 Maggie Toussaint, 8/9 Kellye Garrett, 8/16 Matt Ferraz, 8/23 Matthew Iden, 8/30 Julia Buckley. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

August Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/5--Kathleen Kaska, 8/12 Triss Stein, WWK bloggers-Margaret S. Hamilton on 8/19 and Kait Carson on 8/26. Look for E. B. Davis's blog on 8/29--the fifth Tuesday of August.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

My Changed Reading Habits After Kindle Unlimited

By James M Jackson

Sunrise over the volcano
I’m at the tail end of a nearly month-long Hawaii trip. On the first part of the trip, I read paperbacks I had picked up at Left Coast Crime. At the end of the conference, we shipped all those books home (not carrying/paying for all that weight on 10 more flights before returning home!) After that, I relied on my Kindle for reading material.

I keep my Kindle books in folders. Those I have already read are sorted by Excellent, Good, Okay, Poor, DNF (did not finish). Those not yet read are sorted into Paid and Free folders. I already had a strong tendency to read those in the Paid folder first, probably because I had a financial investment in them.

This was my first trip since I signed up for Kindle Unlimited (KU) during a promotion Amazon held last year. For less than $9 a month (normally it’s $9.99) I can borrow and read any books in the KU Library. Those books are primarily populated by Amazon imprints and indy authors who choose to have their electronic books exclusive to Amazon and in turn are included in the KU catalog.

Nene
I had a few books in the Paid folder, both those I had bought and those Jan purchased, which I have access to through our Amazon’s family account. After finishing all those in the Paid folder that interested me, I started to peruse the Free folder and then remembered my KU subscription. I began browsing that catalog for books with more than 1,000 reviews and higher than a 4-star rating.

I found one to read and enjoyed it; found and read a second, which I enjoyed; found and read a third – three for three; found and am enjoying a fourth.

On this vacation, I haven’t given a thought to the numerous books I have queued up in the Free folder (other than for this blog). My search criteria would not disqualify a free book, but it would need to have a lot of reviews, which few free books do. Given that the big publishers and most small publishers do not include their books in KU, my sampling is primarily coming from the Amazon imprints. This whole experience has me wondering about the effectiveness of free kindle books with Kindle Unlimited readers.


Kalij pheasanats
By signing up for KU, I have changed my purchasing behavior. Before KU, I would have sampled a bunch of free books, reading those that held my interest, and deleting those that did not. With KU, I didn’t open a single one of the free books I had previously downloaded. This, of course, is what Amazon hopes for. Am I unique in my approach to choosing what book to read next? What do y’all think?

17 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Amazon does a masterful job of looking out for Amazon.

KM Rockwood said...

An organized Kindle! I was so impressed, I hardly got beyond that idea.

I find my TBR pile, both e-books and physical ones, is so overburdened that I haven't considered signing up for KU.

I do get Bookbub & Fussy Librarian & a few other cheap & free services, and sometimes find things there that sound so good I get them.

Amazon experiments & changes things all the time. I'm sure they keep a sharp eye on the bottom line. When their interests & the readers' interests coincide, they can be very helpful.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

I haven't gone over to KU and still download freebies. I also get a bunch of paperbacks from RWA and a few at booksales. Seems I always have a lot to read.

Jim Jackson said...

Warren - Amazon does a good job at self-promotion, for sure.

Kathleen - Getting Kindle Unlimited was an experiment for me fueled by birthday gift cards. 😀

Vicki - What has me intrigued is the segmentation of the marketplace, and how one decision, like buying KU, affects other choices.

~ Jim

Grace Topping said...

I read somewhere that only a small percent of the free books downloaded actually get read. Interesting. I still cling to my paper books, but I have to admit that the allure of not carrying books when I travel sounds good. I have given into downloading recorded books onto my iPhone, which I love.

Jim Jackson said...

Grace, it's a small step from audio on your phone to books! 🤣

~ Jim

Vinnie/www.vinniehansen.com said...

Enjoyed these photos, Jim. After many years of contemplating KU, I still haven't made up my mind about it.

Jim Jackson said...

Vinnie, I'll evaluate my use of Kindle Unlimited at year's end to determine whether or not I renew.

Lots more pictures on my Facebook page as part of an album.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Jim, what a wonderful trip you must have been on. I love the pictures. As for me, I still prefer a book I can hold in my hands. Many of them I get from the library for my book clubs or buy used. At least until I get tto Malice where I spend a lot of money on books there.

Shari Randall said...

Amazing photos, Jim. What a trip!
My experience with downloaded books boils down to "out of sight, out of mind." I like your folder system and if I ever go over to ebooks I'll try it.

Jim Jackson said...

Shari, I agree with your out-of-sight-out-of-mind when it comes to books (physical and electronic), which is what caused me to develop the folders. They take very little time to maintain.

~ Jim

Norma Huss said...

I organize mine by different categories. Mystery (95%), shorts, writing, epics, um, let's see, oh yeah, I have one in steam-punk. So, the organization isn't all that helpful.

Jim Jackson said...

Norma-- Had to smile when 95% of your ebooks reside in the "mystery" folder. Perhaps that one could be subdivided. 😀

Michele Drier said...

Your organization puts me to shame! I don't download or read many free books (an occasional BookBub or other ad site) because so many of them are iffy. I also won't give away any of my books any more. With the idea of having a loss leader, I put some of my
But reading for a month in paradise...ah, heaven!

Jim Jackson said...

Michele -- what little organization I have in my life is usually a desperate attempt on my part to gain some control. At first, I kept all my Kindle books in one list, which I could sort by author, title, date I acquired it, etc. It was so long as to be daunting, and I couldn't remember if I had read something or not. That's when I chose my simple "filing" system, which seems to be working for me.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Sorry for being late to the party, Jim. I've paid for Kindle Unlimited for about two years and have gotten my monies worth. There are many books I've tried that I wouldn't even have heard of without Unlimited. Some are so good that I go on and buy the author's books, which haven't been listed on Unlimited. It's a great way to launch a series by enticing readers with the first few books. It also helps me justify buying publishers' books that are listed at 7.99 and above. Since I'm saving so much money though Kindle Unlimited, I can afford those higher priced books. And a lot of those books are no better than those I get through Unlimited.

Jim Jackson said...

EB -- Great to know you are finding KU to be of great value. Jan has a rule that she won't buy any ebook that's priced over $10 -- she'll put her name on the library waiting list instead.

~ Jim