Hey all --
I'm sure at this point just about everyone is sick of talking about COVID and the lasting impact the pandemic has had. I usually email just once at the beginning of the month and that's it, but I wanted to give a heads up to a portion of my readers.
There are a lot of ways to distribute and read books these days and if you've read my books, you've probably gotten a sense that ideas like exclusivity make me a bit anxious. That's what having books enrolled in KindleUnlimited is. This is a difficult decision for me, truthfully.
When I hopped back into the indie publishing scene last September I knew the plan: release my books into KindleUnlimited and make a solid run. There's a lot of really great science fiction enrolled in the program and a lot of quality authors who've done great within the program.
With how much the world has changed in the last few months, I've noticed a diminishing return for myself and my books. I'm fortunate enough where I'm at a place where I can make a decision and try something new right now, so I'm going to.
I'm excited about the idea of taking my books to other platforms like Google Play, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and even libraries. I'm excited to find new readers and reach beyond the core audience of KindleUnlimited readers.
To be explicitly clear: my books will still be available on Amazon and always will be, they just won't be free to read for KindleUnlimited subscribers after a certain point.
What made this a difficult decision is you, my readers, which is why I'm reaching out to you early. If you read books through KindleUnlimited and were planning on reading mine through there, there's good news and bad news.
The bad news is that in early September I'm going to be pulling my books from KindleUnlimited.
The good news is that you're allowed to have ten books checked out at a time through the program and once you check them out -- regardless of their current enrollment in the KindleUnlimited program -- you can read them whenever you want as long as you don't check them back in.
So if you were holding off on reading one of my books through KindleUnlimited, have a few extra spots and want to read them, you can check them out now and read them whenever you want, as long as you're a subscriber and as long as the program exists.
I'm not entirely sure if this is the right move or not, or if within a few month's time I'll pull my books from other stores and return to KindleUnlimited. That's the reality of the world right now and the uncertainty that looms large. In all truth, I have a wife and two wonderful kids, and at some point those kids will be back in preschool again. I'd be kicking myself if I didn't try everything I could right now.
So thank you, and remember, if you want to read my books via KindleUnlimited you have until some time in early September (I'm sorry, with Amazon nothing is an exact science, who knows when they'll actually do it) to either read them or check them out. If you are a die hard KindleUnlimited reader I hope you follow me on my journey. My books will still be available on Amazon.
Check out my entire catalogue here on Amazon.