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Monday, July 19, 2021

Serialized Story Platform

Interesting.  Am a user of a number of ways to consume text, including Amazon, Kindle and Audible. Now we can consume these in new ways?   Mined from existing text and now generated for specific wants.   By authors they imply?  Or generated as needed by AI?   Not yet.   But lots of writers are already involved. 

Amazon launches its mobile-first Kindle Vella serialized story platform

Read the first three chapters for free then pay to unlock subsequent episodes.

By S. Dent    @stevetdentin    in Engadget

As it promised last month, Amazon has launched its serialized fiction Kindle Vella store that lets you unlock episodic, self-published stories via in-app purchases. The new platform is a way for readers to discover new fiction and a new way for authors to generate revenue from the Kindle Direct Publishing service. 

While the name might suggest otherwise, Kindle Vella isn't available on Amazon's Kindle e-readers. Rather, you'll only find it on Amazon.com or the Kindle iOS app (no Android for now). To start with, the service will be limited to US-based authors who publish stories in English. 

The serialized stories will run from 600 to 5,000 words per episode, with the first three offered for free. To see subsequent episodes, you'll need to pay for "tokens," with prices ranging from $2 for 200 tokens up to $15 for 1,700 tokens. The latter will give you about 34 episodes, though prices per episode depend on the word count — the more words, the more you'll have to spend.   ... ' 

More on Vella here:  https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/ 

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