Kindle Serials: A New (Old) Way To Read Books From Amazon

By: Chris Crum - September 6, 2012

Amazon had a number of new announcements today in the Kindle department. More on all of that here.

One announcement that hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as Amazon’s new Kindle devices, however, may give people more of a reason to use the devices. Amazon announced Kindle Serials, which let users pay for a whole series of books up front, and then get future stories as they become available.

This is a way to get a full story broken up into chunks, just like the old serial novel, only in this scenario, you’d just buy the first one, and the rest of them would come to your for free. And digitally, as opposed to in paper, obviously.

CEO Jeff Bezos said Kindle Singles has been very successful, with the company having sold 3.5 million Singles, this is an interesting extension of that. As he outlined, with Serials, users can buy once, and receive all future episodes automatically and seamlessly. Users can also “join the discusson”.

The offering is reportedly kicking off with works from Neal Pollack and Andrew Peterson, and will reportedly include Charles Dickens novels.

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  • Saul Tanpepper

    Not such a new idea, even when I pitched it to Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing for my urban thriller series GAMELAND back in April only to have them snub me. I went ahead and did it anyway without their blessing. Folks who bought into the entire series early got the entire 8-episode for $2.99. Individual episodes are $1.99 (coincidentally the same price Amazon is saying their single episodes will be). As I added episodes (monthly) the price went up. The final episode will be launched December 1 and the entire package will then be $9.99. It’s been very successful for me, but a hassle for my customers, who have to wait for amazon to notify them of updates (new installments) or to have to request the updates themselves. Anyone wanting more information about how I did this can go to the GAMELAND package page on Amazon: