Sunday, April 24, 2016

Unlimited as in Kindle - #Readers are FREE to Pick @KU - #AtoZChallenge

Today is the “U” Day in the A to Z Challenge – 2016. Let’s choose Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited is the brainchild of Amazon. It’s been out about 2 years now and the opinions about it are as widespread as the colors in a rainbow. For $9.99 per month members can choose from a variety of eBooks that are available on Kindle. Essentially readers download the eBook onto their Kindle tablet or through the Kindle reading app for a reasonable reading time. The main selling feature is the freedom to choose from any number of genres, indie authors, and adventures.

Currently the number of eBooks that can be selected tops the 1,000,000 mark. That’s over a million eBooks that are available with a click! New topics. Different genres. Unique authors. An Indie paradise. What a great opportunity for an unknown author like myself.

Serious readers don’t need a book store. They simply need to peruse the selections that are available on Kindle, stay at home, and get delivery in seconds. Half the eBook can be read in the time it takes to travel to the mall and back.

For an author the program is advantageous. We don’t need to use paper or lose time and expense in shipping. We get paid by how many pages are read. Those royalties come out of the monthly fund that is accumulated from all of the members. The downfall is that many of the Kindle Unlimited authors are unknown and need to turn to social media to be “discovered.” Nobody said that building a reader base would be easy.

Personally, I love the program. All of my novels which are in a variety of genres are available with a few author restrictions – the main being that the titles can only be offered on Kindle. But, where else would I want to be? Amazon helps to promote me. As an unknown I’m appreciative of that.

I’ve developed fictitious Prairie Winds Golf Course and have a wide assortment of recurring characters. The cozy mysteries are in the realistic fiction genre. If you’re into trying new authors you can select from Lifetime Loser which is about fraud in a small golf business; Finish Line where two teens interact daily with a cancer victim; Tuey’s Course which is a satire about a minority businessman in a battle with City Hall; Opur’s Blade where a gifted prodigy progresses to the top of his profession; Pabby’s Score where two special needs teens get oriented into society but innocently get tangled into an internet dating ring and secret law society; or Shari’s Shot where a privileged bitch gets wrapped into a murder-for-hire scheme.

Aggressive readers may want to try the 3-book bundles which are only available through Kindle. They can be identified as: James Ross – A Young Adult Trilogy and James Ross – A Character-Based Collection. I personally love the Kindle Unlimited opportunities.

James Ross has penned several novels from the Prairie Winds Golf Course setting. The stories are character-based, cross many genres, and have become Kindle favorites. Visit his  website for detailed information, reader comments, and contact links.

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