ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2018 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Gauging interest

So, a number of you have asked about subscriptions and so forth. We're giving some serious thought to creating a Castalia/Arkhaven/Dark Legion Unlimited program that would provide complete access to all our combined digital editions for one year.

That means you would get all the new digital releases to come out that year, plus the ability to download whatever you wanted from the back catalog. The price would be $120/year, but we'd offer a discount to $99 for the first two weeks that we introduced it. All of the digital editions would still be available on Amazon and elsewhere, but none of it would be available on KU anymore.

If you're an author, please don't ask me how it would work on that end yet because we don't know if there is even sufficient demand to justify any such program. Rest assured that we'll take care of you fairly, and we definitely have not made any decision about doing this yet. Anyhow, if you are a regular Castalia or Arkhaven buyer, please share your thoughts, pro or con.

We realize this would probably cannibalize our digital edition backers for future crowdfunding campaigns, so there has to be enough interest to justify losing that. It's always easier not to do anything, but we think this may be the right way to go in the future, if not necessarily now.

Labels: ,

87 Comments:

Blogger MendoScot November 04, 2018 9:20 PM  

Nope.

As a Scot, I just don't see the advantage.

Knock it down to 10 and I'll consider it.

Blogger VD November 04, 2018 9:22 PM  

Knock it down to 10 and I'll consider it.

10 per year? When KU charges 10 per month? That makes no sense at all. That's the price of 2 ebooks.

Blogger MendoScot November 04, 2018 9:25 PM  

13.99.

My last offer.

Blogger tweell November 04, 2018 9:32 PM  

I will buy a CHU subscription if you start one. KU has a lot more offerings, but am not interested in digging through manure for gems.

Blogger Rocklea Marina November 04, 2018 9:37 PM  

As the catalog grows, there will be diminishing returns for old stock (which, I guess is normal anyway?). Perhaps a set amount of old stock included each year, that enables the customer to get the back catalog over time, and access to new stock moving forward.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 04, 2018 9:44 PM  

MendoScot.... whatcha drinkin?

Blogger LP999-16 November 04, 2018 9:45 PM  

It would take me time to get some money but I want the $120 sub.

Blogger Cetera November 04, 2018 9:46 PM  

I will pass on the subscription model myself. I'm going to be buying a lot outright, so it might be cheaper doing the subscription method, but I can't imagine the subscription method not using some kind of DRM. You almost have to.

I want to buy the comics in the CBZ format, and I want the ebooks in whatever format is current that I can use on both kindle and non-kindle devices.

I want to make sure the content producers get every last penny possible, too. They need it, and I want to support them. I also aspire to be a content producer myself in the future.

Blogger State Estimation November 04, 2018 9:48 PM  

Sure, for $99 I'd do it. Access to the all catalogs is a good incentive. There'd need to be a consistent Castalia output during the subscription period for it to feel worthwhile. I'm a regular Castalia customer. I don't do KU.

Blogger LP999-16 November 04, 2018 9:54 PM  

I could buy sub by 1 or 2/2019.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit November 04, 2018 10:00 PM  

Pro, since I crowd-fund for paper copies (I also prefer to send "real" books as gifts). I buy the digital titles in addition and it would be nice to have the savings.

Blogger Crew November 04, 2018 10:09 PM  

I would go for $120.

Blogger maniacprovost November 04, 2018 10:27 PM  

Tough one. I don't value digital comics that highly, but otoh, I might have spent that much on youse guys physical merchandise this year, not including crowdfunding campaigns.

Something like Hererics of St Possenti, I didn't buy, but I read when I tried out KU. I read 10.5 books during the free trial and felt it was a great deal, but I don't normally read that much in a month.

You need some combination of higher output rate than you currently have, or a bigger back catalog to make it a compelling deal.

Blogger Michael Buck November 04, 2018 10:29 PM  

Put me in, Coach.

Blogger Flannel Avenger November 04, 2018 10:38 PM  

Is the $120/year to own digital copies of the books, or is it more like Kindle Unlimited where you get to read a copy of the book, but if you quit paying it goes away?

I might would be interested in that, or a similar way of grabbing some of the books that I might otherwise enjoy but missed at the time for whatever reason en masse and adding to my reading list.

Blogger Rough Carrigan November 04, 2018 10:38 PM  

I backed Alt Hero Q but I don't have any interest in digital editions of anything.

Blogger T Sx November 04, 2018 10:44 PM  

$99 is more than fair....Im in.......

Blogger Unknown November 04, 2018 10:48 PM  

"We realize this would probably cannibalize our digital edition backers for future crowdfunding campaigns, so there has to be enough interest to justify losing that."

For now, yes, while I am in college. Once I start working again, I will back both.

Your efforts matter that much.

--Unknownsailor--

Blogger Markku November 04, 2018 10:53 PM  

No DRM. You permanently own everything you download. Yes, we are aware that it is possible to just pay for one year, and then download absolutely everything, which would make the first year more valuable than the following years. But no DRM under any circumstances.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville November 04, 2018 11:03 PM  

@19 no DRM is an interesting plus. Assuming $4.99 per e-book I would need to read 24 in that year (I haven't hit that book per year rate yet with my Prime membership, more like 15-20 so far this year). I look at your catalog every now and then, and there is not yet enough there for me to pull the trigger, but I do think it is worth pursuing.

Blogger Frenzy November 04, 2018 11:15 PM  

I would not personally subscribe, but would continue purchasing books i am interested in as i currently do. It would have no impact on my ebook and physical book purchases

Blogger rotekz November 04, 2018 11:20 PM  

It doesn't interest me. A considerable part of why I buy Castalia House books is to support the cause. Saving money does not fit with that.

Blogger The Deuce November 04, 2018 11:21 PM  

Heh, well, I suggested it, so yeah, I'm interested in it.

Blogger Shimshon November 04, 2018 11:40 PM  

As a Scottish friend told me in my college days, the Scots are perhaps one of the few peoples to be cheaper than Jews. As she said of her people, they have deep pockets and short arms. Hence the lowball offer that even makes (((me))) cringe.

Blogger dh November 04, 2018 11:58 PM  

Just be wary that it's much easier to de-platform you if you have this type of recurring revenue. It's low hanging fruit for spiteful activists.

Blogger Dave November 05, 2018 12:12 AM  

I already own most of Castalia House's fiction and am a backer of both Alt Hero and AHQ. I'm not particularly interested in this program, however, if you do get something going, I would try it out for a year at $99. For no other reason than to help get it off the ground and see if it's doable.

Blogger P Glenrothes November 05, 2018 12:20 AM  

I don't read digital books even when they are free. I would be very interested in an annual Castalia House audible book subscription.

Blogger Jill November 05, 2018 12:21 AM  

Probably not. I like to buy Castalia books, but I buy books impulsively. I don't want to change my book-buying habits. Though it does sound like a good deal...given there's enough desirable content.

Blogger Cetera November 05, 2018 12:44 AM  

Markku wrote:No DRM. You permanently own everything you download. Yes, we are aware that it is possible to just pay for one year, and then download absolutely everything, which would make the first year more valuable than the following years. But no DRM under any circumstances.

That makes it a LOT more tempting, depending on the price. I'm not sure if I would sign up or not, but if I did I would definitely download every title that first year and take advantage of the system. That would end up hurting someone (including me, as it would seem to disincentivize producers). Just being completely honest.

So I'd still rather not at this point, unless there's very compelling interest that is going to really increase Castalia/Arkhaven interest and readership. Paying upfront for a yearly cost makes it seem more daunting, but there's no way you could do a DRM-free option and pay by the month.

Blogger The King's Man November 05, 2018 1:48 AM  

The no-DRM policy makes it an easy decision, at least for the first year.

Blogger Resident Moron™ November 05, 2018 2:10 AM  

I’d be a buyer but I don’t see how it makes sense for the seller when you’re not Amazon and you’re not ripping off your authors. But that’s your business so I figure you can take care of it.

I will buy what you publish anyway so this makes no sense to me.

Blogger CoolHand November 05, 2018 2:32 AM  

If the volume of production would be such that it would turn out to be at least as good a deal as just buying everything as it comes out, then I'd be in without question.

If it's more expensive than just buying everything outright, I'd probably still be in, just to support the cause, but that's moving from business transaction to philanthropy, which I doubt is your intention here.

So long as you continue to offer the TPB's and the "collection of singles" options on future Arkhaven campaigns, I will continue to back for those two rewards, regardless of whether you do the subscription thing or not.

I end up buying the singles as they come out now anyway, and I'll still probably buy multiples of the smaller $2.99 copies as well, even if the TBP and Premium Singles are coming from the campaign.

Because I want to help, but also because I have a feeling that we're getting in at the ground floor of something that will be very big one day, and I want a nice collection of it all to pass on to my grandkids.

So I can gather all 40 of them around and tell the story, "Once upon a time, there was this army of mentally ill people with blue hair and pinchy face glasses that had marched through all the big publishers, murdering good comic characters in their sleep, and everyone thought the industry was over. But then a bald and grumpy Indian (feather, not dot) man who lived in Italy andjust happened to collect silvered skulls noticed and didn't like it at all. That's when the Comic Wars began. . ."

Blogger Jack Ward November 05, 2018 2:33 AM  

My thoughts: I would support it the first year if you really want it to take off. Possibly even a second year to help it along. I think I have most of what you offer, that I want, at Castalia already, though. Not into comics, sorry, so not interested in digital same. I think. Course, there is always what may come, at Castalia, this next year or two. That's probably a good bet.
Up page someone said doing this would make you easier to de-platform? Don't see the logic there. It would seem the independent revenue stream would make you less fragile. With the added basic initial infrastructure to much further the setup of a really, fully independent, in their face, world of the Dark Lord. If my thinking there is in fault will someone please say how.
Sorry for the long answer, but this idea seems too important for the future not to give it a through airing. So, again, provisionally I could, maybe, support it at the 99 level for first year and maybe second. But, I Will buy the new Kratman tomorrow no matter who gets the money! And, happily VOTE Republican straight ticket and hope for the best! May the GE live and serve us forever!

Blogger SouthRon November 05, 2018 2:52 AM  

I like the idea, and might go for it to increase my support of the authors even though life has restricted my reading below that level this past year.

@Shimson, an old friend told me he was half-Jewish and half-Scottish. Then asked if I knew what that meant. He could make lots of money, but could not bring himself to spend any of it.

Having helped with his estate planning. He wasn’t kidding. 9 figure net worth. $100,000 home.

Blogger Nick Siekierski November 05, 2018 4:10 AM  

I have about 20 CH titles purchased over two years (not counting Alt-Hero which I backed). I’ve only read about 5 of them (reading Clio&Me now, excellent especially as I am finishing my PhD) and usually purchase any new (mostly nonfiction) titles that I have even a mild interest in to support CH with Amazon sales and save them to read in the future. If you’re pivoting away from Amazon sales then I will try to support through direct CH purchases, but I don’t read enough titles to justify $99-120/year and would rather put the money towards backing the comics.

Blogger #7139 November 05, 2018 4:34 AM  

Anyhow, if you are a regular Castalia or Arkhaven buyer, please share your thoughts, pro or con.

No interest.

Blogger VD November 05, 2018 4:51 AM  

Just be wary that it's much easier to de-platform you if you have this type of recurring revenue.

How does this make any sense? I don't understand your logic.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 6:05 AM  

If you offer this, I'm definitely in.

But don't do it unless you can make it work for the authors and yourselves. Your back catalog is impressive, but I'm not sure it's large enough to support something like this going forward.

Your average person who signs up for this type of program probably reads one to two books per week. That would fairly quickly go through your entire back catalog, and at that point it becomes cheaper just to buy the new books they want as you release them.

You guys know what it takes to run the business. If you think you can make it work, I'm all in, but please make sure it's workable.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 6:12 AM  

> If the volume of production would be such that it would turn out to be at least as good a deal as just buying everything as it comes out, then I'd be in without question.

1 Arkhaven comic/month = $2.99
1 Dark Legion comic/month = $2.99
1 Catalia House book/month = $4.99

At that point you're already at break even at the $99/year cost.

Blogger Man of the Atom November 05, 2018 7:06 AM  

This sounds like an excellent subscription service for Castalia/Arkhaven. The price of $99 in Year 1 and $120 annually thereafter, it sounds like a great deal for the reader. As long as your business can support this, I'd definitely consider this option.

Blogger CarpeOro November 05, 2018 7:19 AM  

Long time supporter of CH. If you can work out a system that is reasonable for the content creators, I'd buy in and drop my KU account. Just have to speed up and read up to the current Galaxy's Edge book before I do.

Blogger Taichi Yagami November 05, 2018 7:40 AM  

I'd be down for this and/or an old subscription style service where we can get a book/comic (Physical) or selection of books/comics a month.

Blogger thak November 05, 2018 7:49 AM  

I've bought over 90% of Castalia's output already and support every Vox-related crowd-funding option available, so it's a no-brainer for me. I'm in 100%.

Blogger CoolHand November 05, 2018 7:49 AM  

James Dixon wrote:

1 Arkhaven comic/month = $2.99

1 Dark Legion comic/month = $2.99

1 Catalia House book/month = $4.99

At that point you're already at break even at the $99/year cost.


Indeed, but you'll note that they're not quite at that volume yet, at least not reliably.

I'm not talking it down, I'm just being realistic.

At the rate I read, I could be through the back catalog in a month, two tops. I read all five of Chuck Dixon's Levon books over the weekend. The last long weekend we had, I read all nine Ember War books. At that rate, the catalog ain't gonna last long.

As I said though, I'm not personally coming at this from a strictly economical perspective, so I'm likely in regardless.

But you can't base a business decision like this on what one rando on the internet like me wants/needs/prefers.

I suppose I could have (maybe should have) just kept my mouth shut, since I'm gonna be a supporter more or less come what may. I realize now that that's not a very helpful data point for this decision.

I blame my solipsistic lapse on the inherent racism of Monday.

Blogger SmockMan November 05, 2018 7:52 AM  

Sounds great. Very tempting.

Blogger Rebel Skate November 05, 2018 7:53 AM  

You could reverse the pay model. $120 the first year and then $99/year after that. It provides an incentive to keep up the annual subscription.
Have you considered adding a discount for physical books if you are a subscriber?

Blogger VD November 05, 2018 8:12 AM  

Have you considered adding a discount for physical books if you are a subscriber?

No ability to do that presently. We're still working on getting Aerio to add features that we very much need, like delivery to Europe and the UK.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 8:12 AM  

> Indeed, but you'll note that they're not quite at that volume yet, at least not reliably.

Reliably, no. But I think the average is pretty close to that.

> At the rate I read, I could be through the back catalog in a month, two tops.

That used to be the case for me too. Between my aging eyes and my work schedule, that's not true any more. But I suspect a normal subscriber could go through the entire catalog in a year or two at most.

Vox and Markku know what they're doing. If they say they can make it work they can. Let's wait and see what they say.

> As I said though, I'm not personally coming at this from a strictly economical perspective, so I'm likely in regardless.

Likewise.

Blogger Gregory the Great November 05, 2018 8:13 AM  

I would not be interested as I like to choose books individually when I am attracted by them. I have bought about 8 Castalia books, most of them print editions. I would appreciate if all your ebooks were available from Castalia House in a format that would allow me to print them out without having to start a complicated fight against the kindle format.

Blogger Avalanche November 05, 2018 8:14 AM  

@29 "increase Castalia/Arkhaven interest and readership"

This is my main goal. I'm not a comics nut, although I have enjoyed the Arkhaven ones (crowd-funded them up to paperback omnibus). I buy 3-4 tree-versions of each Alt Hero, including the "silent" one (should I have gotten the one(s) with words yet?). I'm supporting the Alt Right culture war (and Castalia/Vox Day) moreso than craving comics...

At the risk of suggesting a logistical monster: could a lesser version be a thing? Subscription to all the (digital) Alt Hero's or all the (digital) Alt Hero Q's or ?? That might be a step up in $$ from KU (I, too, want the producers to get rich!), while not opening the door to empty "the commons"?

Blogger Mark Cook November 05, 2018 8:18 AM  

I’m in

Blogger ÆtherCzar November 05, 2018 8:58 AM  

Priced at par with KU ($10/month = $120/yr) it's hard to justify a second subscription to access a smaller pool of content. If you figured out a way to persuade a good fraction of my favorite KU authors to ditch KU in favor of your service, then you might have a viable business model. I'll be interested in learning how your proposed business model treats authors when you get around to working out the details.

Blogger Cary November 05, 2018 9:24 AM  

I would not be interested. I am averaging about 6 book purchases a year from Castalia plus digital backing Alt-Hero. There’s probably a similar number that I’ve thought about buying but didn’t that might make it close to a break even cost, but I like to own the digital copies.

I would buy more print editions if they included a digital copy with the purchase.

Blogger Scott November 05, 2018 9:26 AM  

Too expensive for one lump sum payment for me, right now. Currently I can pick and choose titles and pay small amounts. I just don’t have a lot of spare cash.

Blogger Luis Miguel November 05, 2018 9:32 AM  

I would be for it.

Blogger artensoll November 05, 2018 9:44 AM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger Warunicorn November 05, 2018 9:54 AM  

I'm not too interested, but would you do what other services do: Pay monthly instead of annually? I say this because some people doing it per month find it easier to swallow.

Some services offer tiers too. (e.g., Adobe let's you use Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for $10/month. Access to the whole suite is $50/month.) Maybe do something similar with the various media? (e.g., One tier for comics, another for books, another for all.) Just thinking out loud.

Blogger James Dixon November 05, 2018 9:57 AM  

> I'm not too interested, but would you do what other services do: Pay monthly instead of annually?

I think I can safely predict that's not going to be feasible at first. It might be feasible once the first year subscription is up. Vox can verify that, but right now he's just gauging interest in the idea.

Blogger jaericho November 05, 2018 10:00 AM  

I think with comics, I'll skip the digital editions and concentrate on the physical copies.

I'd be a pass.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope November 05, 2018 10:05 AM  

I'd back it, though I have a decent portion of the catalog already.
Because I want to help build the infrastructure.

Franklly, I'd rather there were a way to invest 5 figures as a more sure investment than most stocks...

But I'd be in at either $99 or $120.

Blogger Servant November 05, 2018 10:22 AM  

I'm all for it. Please don't go in for stupid Jewish tricks for subscription services like auto renew and how do I cancel mess.

Blogger Warunicorn November 05, 2018 10:47 AM  

Aren't those lovely? My favorite is burying the cancel button deep and small within the available options. "Don't you wanna save money by subscribing annually?" *CLICKS NO* "Are you sure? We'll throw in this free towel." lol

Blogger Original H November 05, 2018 11:30 AM  

About to drop KU anyway now that Castalia is no longer doing KU. I would definitely switch to this.

Blogger S. Misanthrope November 05, 2018 11:34 AM  

I would subscribe, and it wouldn’t really change my backing of any crowd funded projects or my Castalia purchases. In fact it would likely increase them as I’d read more digital versions. When I like a digital book, I almost always buy a physical copy.

Blogger Mark K. November 05, 2018 11:58 AM  

Would be interested, especially if there was some discount for subscribers to also purchase physical copies.

Blogger Blume November 05, 2018 12:12 PM  

I'll give it a try. Probably cancel ku to do it.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit November 05, 2018 12:39 PM  

An additional thought. If this model could have the additional option of tagging in Castalia-related authors for a cut of the income? Like ArkHaven adjacent comics creators did. It could work for the Baen model: the first one's free.

Blogger Markku November 05, 2018 12:51 PM  

Monthly is not going to happen, because NOBODY wants DRM that isn't Amazon. DRM requires complicated, shaky infrastructure. The titles become unreadable the moment it goes down. And pretty much every DRM scheme other than Kindle has gone down sooner or later, resulting in everybody losing access to their books. Also, you wouldn't be able to read the books except with one proprietary software. Amazon has de facto monopoly in this, because it's the only service where people trust that they will have access to their purchases for a very long time.

You could pay for one month, and download all our titles. For a year that's not so bad - hopefully our new titles that come out the following year will justify paying the cost again. Due to the comics, along with the traditional books, that should be a lot of titles. But just one month wouldn't even begin to justify it.

Blogger VD November 05, 2018 1:10 PM  

I'd rather there were a way to invest 5 figures as a more sure investment than most stocks.

Hold that thought.

Blogger VD November 05, 2018 1:11 PM  

I would appreciate if all your ebooks were available from Castalia House in a format that would allow me to print them out without having to start a complicated fight against the kindle format.

They will be soon.

Blogger 4given November 05, 2018 1:11 PM  

What about an Audible/KU hybrid model. $10/m allows 2-3 downloads of anything in the catalog? Then you can have non-DRM content without people downloading everything. It also opens the possibility to do monthly rather than yearly. Or maybe a points based system. $10/m allows 15 points of downloads w/ Comic books at 5pts and full books are 10pts. Could then have different pt/$ levels of subscription.

You didn't ask for that... so that's free input and probably worth every penny you paid. Personally I'd be very interested in the service, both to support what you are doing, and having access to good books.

Blogger D'Arcey November 05, 2018 1:25 PM  

So long as the curation stays high, it's definitely worth it.

It's even worth it just to seed new platforms.

Blogger Hobgoblin November 05, 2018 1:32 PM  

I would be all in on a subscription. Partly to support the cause and partly because I buy the books any ways. FWIW I was never a comics guy until you came on the scene. I would have to think long and hard about whether or not to keep KU at that point, especially if you do as you indicate. I seem to recall you saying somewhere that you were not all that interested in publishing everyone. Seems like that might have an effect on the releases going forward.

Blogger Hands On Master November 05, 2018 1:56 PM  

Absolutely! It will be my distinct pleasure to bury the hatchet deep in the psyche of our enemies.

Blogger Banjo November 05, 2018 2:00 PM  

I’ll support Castalia whichever way you say is best.

But if it weren’t for that, I’d pass.

Blogger Josh Randle November 05, 2018 2:12 PM  

I think this is something you should look into in a couple years when you have a huge backlog and it becomes a cost benefit option for individuals who have just discovered your comics and want to go through the back catalague for cheaper. I dont believe you are anywhere close to that point at this time.

Me personally, I only read physical media. I will only buy physical comic books. I have no interest in reading anything that is not a physical book in my hand. Maybe if you start producing movies and tv shows to go with the service I will subscribe, but till then I will stick to buying physical media.

Blogger lowercaseb November 05, 2018 2:33 PM  

sorry for the late response...I would definitely support this.

Blogger Ray - SoCal November 05, 2018 3:36 PM  

$99, much less $120 is a lot based on the amount of what is published by Castalia in a year that I am interested in (Mil Sci Fi and Fantasy), compared to the huge catalog that is available from Kindle Unlimited at this time. My normal purchase would be probably 1 a month plus comics in paper. If I had to pay for electronic vs. paper, I would go with paper for comics based on value.

$49 is a price point that I would do yearly based on my out of pocket purchase history.

Blogger Xiety November 05, 2018 4:01 PM  

I can see the potential utility for some readers. Me, I'll stay with straight purchases.

Some kind of Castalia/Arkhaven/DL loyalty program would pique my interest though.

Blogger InformationMerchant November 05, 2018 5:44 PM  

I'm in.

I'd still back during crowdfunding for the paperback or hardcover omnibus, I'd still buy paperback or hardcover copies of a few books per year.

Blogger Markku November 05, 2018 7:36 PM  

Ray - SoCal wrote:$99, much less $120 is a lot based on the amount of what is published by Castalia in a year that I am interested in (Mil Sci Fi and Fantasy)

Remember though, that the subscription will let you download ANY book that we have ever published. Not just the books we publish during the subscription year.

Blogger Starboard November 05, 2018 9:07 PM  

I'm ambivalent. I didn't use KU much when I had it, but Castalia Unlimited would be tempting, but then again I buy most Castalia ebooks as they come out.

Blogger Rick Webb November 05, 2018 10:48 PM  

I buy most of the digital books when they are released and batch together physical copies to save on shipping. I'm backing the comics for the cause and because this might be the opportunity to collect Spiderman #1. I would buy the subscription just because.

Blogger Ray - SoCal November 06, 2018 1:44 PM  

I like KU because it's a piece of cake to read them on multiple devices. Baen used to have an option for doing this, but now requires downloading it seems with their updated interface, and that is an added step that has reduced my use of them.

What I would be doing is buying more of the Castalia Books I like, instead of reading them on KU.

The challenge is a lot of the Castalia House Books I'm not interested in reading. Yes, it's a great value if you like the entire Castalia Library, but I have my niche area, Sci Fi and Fantasy, and a bit of the anti SJW stuff, and that is what I read.


>will let you download ANY book that we have ever published.

Blogger Ray - SoCal November 06, 2018 1:46 PM  

What may be a model is have the unlimited Castalia reading Model, and then the specific area subscription model at different price points.

Blogger Footman November 08, 2018 1:40 AM  

Yes. I would pay either price. The Castalia/Arkhaven/Dark Legion library is growing, and will continue to grow. Let me lock in the $99 annual subscription now.

Blogger Renza Hatto November 08, 2018 5:36 PM  

Don't know if you can see purchases by user, but one thing I've noticed is that KU discussions seem to center around revenue per sale, rather than per user. I find that I binge on KU the way I do on Netflix, and that I don't with regular ebooks or print. That is, if an author's first book that I read is adequate, I'll read everything they wrote rather than bother to pick something different. For example, last Friday I read the first Crimson World book, and by the time the weekend was over I had read 13 of them. Even if the 2nd book is $2.99 I have to decide whether it is worth it rather than just reading one of the dozens sitting in queue already. With KU there's no opportunity cost for the author; I'll read their entire series, and if they have other series I'll check them out. I know an example isn't data, but I think its probably the best play for mid-list authors with an extensive back-list. I'll always buy the next Larry Correia, and I have my favs who are not best sellers whom I'll also buy, but, alas, the average mid-list author is just that - average. And I have piles of average work sitting around waiting for me to read it.

Just my two cents.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog
Please do not comment as "Anonymous". Comments by "Anonymous" will be spammed.

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts