Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Amazon Shorts

Amazon Shorts will cease to be available from June, so if you wish to purchase copies of my two Shorts, A Wirral Otherkin Trilogy and Quiet Lives, you’d best act now.

You’ll find these on Amazon, or you may prefer to use the clickable links on my website.

According to the email sent out by Amazon, their Shorts program has been replaced by Kindle. If I wish to make my Shorts available on Kindle (an e-reader which costs nearly $300) then this self-publishing option is available to me. Otherwise, all Rights revert to me.

My views about self-publishing can be read here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Self-Publishing-Pitfalls
Amazon Shorts were short digital downloads which enabled a customer to try out a writer’s work for a minimal fee. For the author, Shorts offered a way of supplementing their income and promoting their work to a wider audience.

At least, this was the theory.

In practice, few people seemed to grasp what an Amazon Short was. Was it a piece of clothing designed for jungle treks, perhaps?

Shorts were buried under an avalanche of other products. A potential customer had to already know about them to find them on the huge site. This aspect did improve later, when Shorts were eventually included in the drop-down browser menu - but by then the project was already heading towards stasis.

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