Monday, 11 July 2011
Have Amazon got it wrong?
This is has it should be and yet Amazon still allow anyone to publish a novel length work to the Kindle with no quality control. The Singles program has been hugely successful with six titles in the top twenty for all Kindle downloads, ebooks included. This seems to be one avenue in which Amazon is not willing to give authors free reign. All submissions of the 3,000 to 5,000 word titles are read and reviewed by real people before being passed on to the site for purchase and download.
Clearly Amazon need to adopt a similar process for novel length eBook before readers, who have been stung too many times decide to stop buying self published eBooks. The Good eReader Blog (Incidentally this is the blog to read to keep up on all things eBook related ) recently reported on this issue -
"Kindle at present only launches about three new titles per week, a number that Amazon seems happy with for now. This minimalist approach to digital short story publication has ensured that only actual titles make it past David Blum, the live gatekeeper who reads each submission prior to posting it live to the Kindle Singles catalog. It almost seems like Amazon has it backwards, as they are commissioning a live review of each title in the Kindle Singles division while knowing that those titles sell for as little as 99 cents, while their ebook division can charge far more for a title but does not provide the same attention to detail as the Kindle Singles."