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The Reader's Advantage


Recently, I released the eBook All My Fiction. It has all my current fiction, and I will update it in the future with any new fiction I write. My purpose for creating the eBook was to change the way we think about buying books.


It's no secret that this way of providing entertainment to people is unique. It allows you to pay a flat fee and get everything I write now and in the future for a flat rate. Of course, certain things in the future may dictate I change the format, but for the foreseeable future All My Fiction will literally contain all my fiction. This provides a huge advantage to the reader for a couple of reasons. I've listed them below:




  1. Flat rate gets the reader everything. No need to go and buy another eBook by me.

  2. Lower risk. Maybe you buy one of my stories and don't like it. Which prevents you from buying another one you might have liked. Now you don't have the risk. You can like and dislike what you want, and not lose money from your pocket either way.


Some have asked me if I understood I'm losing money by doing this. Essentially, I write a new book and those who bought All My Fiction get it for free. I'm losing sales. They're correct. Potentially, I am losing money by offering this option to readers. It doesn't serve a huge advantage to me as a writer because I don't make more money. But it does help get my name out there.

In the end, I want to benefit the reader and hopefully develop some loyalty from those who do buy All My Fiction. I'd love to see this thing take off because people read it, see its advantages, and tell others about it. It could bring a whole new change to the eBook world, and you might see other authors follow suit. That would be a revolution that everyone would talk about.

Either way, successful or not, I am trying something different here, and your support in any form is greatly appreciated!

Comments

  1. As a reader, I like the idea. I've yet to get round to reading your work (I have the Miscorrection stuff on my TBR list) but I'd be interested in getting the all your fiction if I like your stuff, obviously.

    As a writer, I wonder how it would work in the long term. Sure, it's a great idea to get some loyalty from your readers, but to be financially viable, I would think you'd need to set the price a bit higher. A loyal reader will buy every one of your books/stories, and if they really like you, they'll pay 0.99, or 2.99, or even 4.99 for each book. But if they already have it, you've lost out.

    At the same time, in order for that to be a problem, you need to have a large readership in place, and I would think something like this would help to reel in that readership. Have you considered stepping the price up as the number of works increases, i.e. say for 10 stories/novels it stays at 4.99, up till 20 is 7.99, up till 30 is 9.99 etc.?

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  2. That's exactly what I'm going to do. Getting in early has benefits because you'll get a cheaper cost.
    There may also be a problem as time goes on with having such a large eBook. For instance, I'm not sure if Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords will put a cap on file size, or maybe the book becomes to cluttered because of all the stories. So All My Fiction may have to adapt into a second volume. I don't really know. Even if that happens, the reader still gets a great deal.
    But for now and the foreseeable future, I'll continue to write and self-publish my stories. I'll sell them individually for those who want them, and add them in to All My Fiction for those who have or plan to buy it. Trying something different like this means I'll learn as I go, and others will learn if this is a good idea, or a mistake. :)

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