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by Carolyn Reardon Neuman

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THE RESCUE is a memoir that chronicles, with a dose of humor, the experience of rescuing a dog who was close to death. This particular dog returned the favor and was pivotal in rescuing me, a year later, from the very same condition.

The story is based on Cape Cod, where I have lived for 22 years with my husband and daughter. We are a typical middle class family, balancing work and the rigors of raising a teenage daughter. I am a self employed graphic designer/copywriter working out of our home. It features our dog Poe, a Border Collie/Sheltie mix. We rescued Poe from a shelter, where we found him sick, starving and terrified. In an effort to bring Poe back to life through regular walking, jogging and exercise, I met many wonderful dogs and “dog people”. These new people brought into our lives by Poe would figure prominently in our lives after I received a breast cancer diagnosis at age 45. Through the diagnosis, subsequent treatment a...

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Re: Kindle Unlimited?? Anyone have the scoop?
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2014, 05:36:08 AM »
This is going to be bad.  I hope it fails.

Me too. I hope they all fail to be honest, even though I have my books opted in to ScribD and Oyster. The thought of books being turned into Spotify... those tiny royalties... it scares me.

Time to get that mailing list built up!

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« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2014, 05:48:54 AM »
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« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2014, 05:49:41 AM »
Big pubs wouldn't touch it with a pole and since we have no details yet? I don't like the sound of it though. Spotify= here is your 12 cent royalty. Ugg.

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« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2014, 05:50:17 AM »
I know there's already been some talk of this, but this affects my decision of whether or not to go into Select. Previously, I was all about spreading my works out to various vendors to ensure I didn't have all my eggs in one basket. Now, I'm wondering how popular a program like this will be at Amazon. If it sucks the life out of normal sales because most Prime users are utilizing the unlimited borrows program and more people that aren't in Prime join it to take advantage of the program, it might be time to reconsider joining Select.

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« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2014, 05:53:02 AM »


It's funny, as I was reading this thread, my mind went here:


What have I walked into?!
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« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2014, 05:53:11 AM »
I wonder if this is one of the stumbling blocks in the Hachette negotiations?  I would think that Amazon would want the big publishers' books listed in something like this. 

Edited to add:  At the very least, they might want a clause about being allowed to offer the books via the program if the publisher offers books via similar programs (Scribd, etc.) elsewhere.
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« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2014, 05:58:53 AM »
Huh... interesting. If it's stupidly popular and pays well...
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« Reply #33 on: July 16, 2014, 06:05:14 AM »
It's even worse for audiobook people.

Of course it won't pay well.  That's sort of the point.

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« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2014, 06:09:01 AM »
It's even worse for audiobook people.

Of course it won't pay well.  That's sort of the point.

Considering that ACX already reduced the royalties and has 100% control over the sale price, you can darn well bet audiobook people are going to get 100% screwed on this. They already discount audiobooks to oblivion.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited?? Anyone have the scoop?
« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2014, 06:54:04 AM »
Okay when I first read this board I was like hmm..probably wouldn't use this service (as a prime member/reader) I don't even use my own borrow one free book a month. Probably because I can never find it on my PC and my Fire is the 1st generation and its a hassle to find it :P

However, from that cached link above

Enjoy unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.

I would totally sign up for the audiobooks. I get super busy and have less time to read than I used to....I normally pick my author favorites that I've read on audio book (in case I get distracted while listening, I'm not completely lost).  But yeah, I'd totally sign up as long as they had a decent mix of audio books.... So as a reader I'm screaming YAY! But, as a writer with several works planned I'm cringing with the rest of you.

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« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2014, 07:00:57 AM »
I would be in just for the audiobooks...started listening to my own at the gym. Hooked. As an author - I want to see what this can do for the audio market.

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« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2014, 07:03:37 AM »
I'm hoping and praying this is another loss leader and Amazon will pay us full price... or let us opt out.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited?? Anyone have the scoop?
« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2014, 07:10:46 AM »
This is one of those speculative threads where we're all trying to second guess what the royalty deal will be with Kindle Unlimited. Online speculation or 'e-speculation' is understandable when we're being kept in the dark, but when it becomes premature e-speculation, this could be problematic. 

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« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2014, 07:17:35 AM »
This is one of those speculative threads where we're all trying to second guess what the royalty deal will be with Kindle Unlimited. Online speculation or 'e-speculation' is understandable when we're being kept in the dark, but when it becomes premature e-speculation, this could be problematic.

It was (briefly) in the Select FAQs this morning. So it's only kind of speculation. From memory:

Books in Select will automatically be enrolled. Like the KOLL you won't be able to opt-out if you're in Select.
You will be payed if you someone reads 10% or more of your book.
The payment will come out of the same KOLL fund, just as if it was a borrow.

There was no mention if they would be increasing the fund or not.

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Re: Kindle Unlimited?? Anyone have the scoop?
« Reply #41 on: July 16, 2014, 07:19:50 AM »
If you look at the books offered (thanks to Julie's link) you'll see the pages labelled "KU Test."

This looks to me like a mock-up of a potential service, meaning that:

  • The books are not signed up
  • The price is not firm
  • No one is able to join
  • It may not happen
  • They're seriously thinking about it.

This idea can't come as a surprise to anyone! We know that streaming is the Next Big Thing. The KOLL was a toe in the water. There are lots of writers who would gladly take that few cents per book if it means exposure. The only question is, "When will it happen?"

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« Reply #43 on: July 16, 2014, 07:26:02 AM »

  • It may not happen
  • They're seriously thinking about it.


I'm not so sure if it's a question of IF. It was live this morning and it looks like they already have rights to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

I guess it would be easier if people could SEE what is right?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6jL66Zad7zIJ:www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/ku/sign-up/ui/rw/about+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


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« Reply #44 on: July 16, 2014, 07:26:51 AM »
If they pay a decent royalty, this could be awesome. It would mean an end to complaints about serials because they'd pay their $9.99 fee and would be able to read all they want. I'm also lazy, so it could give me a reason to not have to put my books in other venues. To make it work, they'd have to make it work for us. They do need content. It's most likely that they would increase the fund.

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« Reply #45 on: July 16, 2014, 07:27:28 AM »
It was (briefly) in the Select FAQs this morning. So it's only kind of speculation. From memory:

Books in Select will automatically be enrolled. Like the KOLL you won't be able to opt-out if you're in Select.
You will be payed if you someone reads 10% or more of your book.
The payment will come out of the same KOLL fund, just as if it was a borrow.

There was no mention if they would be increasing the fund or not.

If they don't increase the KOLL fund, they won't be able to stop Scribd - a sleeping giant that I'm e-speculating will be a big threat to Amazon.

Edited to order minor word disorder.  :)
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« Reply #46 on: July 16, 2014, 07:27:59 AM »


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« Reply #47 on: July 16, 2014, 07:28:27 AM »
It was (briefly) in the Select FAQs this morning. So it's only kind of speculation. From memory:

Books in Select will automatically be enrolled. Like the KOLL you won't be able to opt-out if you're in Select.
You will be payed if you someone reads 10% or more of your book.
The payment will come out of the same KOLL fund, just as if it was a borrow.

There was no mention if they would be increasing the fund or not.

If your memory is correct, it would be great if that also meant that, though you couldn't opt-out if you're in Select, you could opt-in if you aren't in Select. Crossing my fingers that that is the case.

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« Reply #48 on: July 16, 2014, 07:31:38 AM »
I am a very happy Scribd subscriber. I looked at the cached links Julie posted and to be honest, it isn't in any way a danger to Scribd if that is what will be in KU. Content is king and no offence, I wouldn't pay $9.99 a month for pretty much only self published titles and then the amazon imprints. That's is what is in the KOLL right now. I am working my way through the Amazon Montlake titles each month with my Prime.

On Scribd I get HarperCollins, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, Sourcebooks, Open Road Media, Diversion Books, DreamSpinner, etc. In addition to many self published titles through Smashwords and D2D.

I browsed through the selection on that link and I could barely find stuff I either didn't already own free, or already have read through my KOLL. I would have to read 4-6 book a month on the service to make it a good deal. I have no lack of selection on Scribd.

But I'll keep my eye open and if they can get some big publishers it would be a competition. But considering how the relationship between Amazon and some publishers is, that is highly unlikely.

But overall I have seen a huge interest of readers in these services.

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« Reply #49 on: July 16, 2014, 07:35:16 AM »
As for opting in or out, that is taken care of. In Select or out of Select. But what of audio? I am exclusive with ACX which means I'm screwed... maybe   ???  Because Amazon can do what they like with price for 7 years. Just as with Whisper Sync, they "could" add my audio to this and maybe pay me $2 a borrow or a lot less?? instead of $7.04 as now. All speculation of course, but my graph briefly showed the blue KOLL line labeled as KOLL/KU so I don'tthink its much of a stretch to believe the borrow pot will be shared with KU. Maybe Amazon will double the size of it to cover the rush. Who knows?