You've probably seen this announcement last month from David Morrell (Rambo creator, co-founder of International Thriller Writers, Bram Stoker Award winner, etc.) and Amazon about the 10 books David will have available through Kindle exclusively, including a brand new thriller, The Naked Edge.
David Morrell speaking at Seton Hill University's WPF Graduate Program
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller
I'm excited about this experiment. Not only because David is a great friend to and repeat guest at Seton Hill, as well as a contributor to an upcoming collection I'm co-editing, but also because what he's doing is very current considering certain discussions happening within the industry right now:
1) e-books and what they offer authors - For eye-opening thoughts, visit J.A. Konrath's blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing. He shows in detailed posts how he is making more money from books where he owns the e-rights as opposed to those owned by his two publishers. And, he even posted an interview with David Morrell.
2) backlist that is out of print - Six of David's books were previously out of print. This one year experiment gives readers the opportunity to find those books again conveniently and allows David to continue making a profit from his hard work. The Authors Guild has been working for years to help authors with out of print books get their work financially viable once again. (Though their thoughts on e-books are still a bit cautious considering some recent rights grabs and low royalty rates. The Authors Guild suggests authors should receive 50%, though most larger presses aren't offering that amount.)
It is interesting to note that David's books are exclusive to the Kindle Store. (Kindle and Kindle app customers can now download them.) I will be curious to see updates on the experiment and plan to follow his progress on his website.
Here is what David said of the experiment in a press release:
“Publishing these 10 books in the Kindle Store is a great opportunity to explore how electronic publishing enables me to give my readers additional, unique content,” said Morrell. “Available at $9.99 or less, I hope that my fans will be able to rediscover their favorite titles, and that new readers will have the chance to enjoy my books on their Kindles. I’m especially excited about publishing my new thriller, ‘The Naked Edge’ in digital format, exclusively for Kindle.”
These are the 10 Morrell books available in the Kindle Store for one year:
The Naked Edge (a new, never published, thriller with numerous photo inserts)
Blood Oath (with a new Introduction)
The Brotherhood of the Rose
The Fraternity of the Stone
The Covenant of the Flame (with a new Introduction and photo inserts)
The Totem (both the U.S. and U.K. versions available together for the first time)
For more information on David Morrell and his experiment, visit his website: http://www.davidmorrell.net or see him on Facebook.