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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pros and Cons of Ebook Subscription Platforms

The monthly subscription model has come to reading. Digital content is well-suited to this model that offers people easy access to content from almost anywhere for a low monthly price. Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited are the big players in this ebook market.

But what are the benefits of these services for readers? And what might they be giving up?

Pros of Ebook Subscription Services

1. Ability for readers to budget. A diverse library of reading material is on demand for a specific monthly fee. If you read a lot and have to watch how much you spend, subscriptions could be exactly what you need.

2. Big libraries. All three services boast catalogs well into the hundreds of thousands.

3. Forget format. Ebooks have been plagued by incompatible formats across retailers. Often libraries become hard to access if you switch devices. Some people like to create their own private catalogs and store their ebooks on private computers. They'll strip DRM and convert formats as needed. This is fine but definitely not something everybody has time for or the inclination to do. With a subscription, your content is there when you log into your account, presumably well into the future. Scribd already works on numerous platforms. Oyster started out as only for Apple, but it has expanded to more devices. Kindle Unlimited works on any device as well.

4. Monetary decisions are removed from reading choices. When browsing for something to read in an ebook subscription system, you might start reading anything that strikes your fancy. You don't have to put it through the filter of whether you want to buy it or not.

Cons of Ebook Subscription Services

1. If you're looking for a specific title, it might not be there. Content must be licensed for subscription distribution by its creators, and this does not happen every time. 

2. You might still buy ebooks elsewhere because hey you're a book addict. This is probably not a huge negative. Readers often access books in all kinds of ways. We need text!

3. Maybe you don't read often enough to justify the monthly cost. A subscription service gives value when it is used. If you're a sporadic reader, then these services may not be for you. However, a subscription might cause you to read more because the content is handy.

In my personal opinion the ebook subscription model is great. I received a complimentary one-year subscription to Scribd because my ebooks are distributed there by Smashwords. I've already read several great how-to books and find it a handy resource for looking up information too. For home and garden enthusiasts like me there is an endless supply of gardening, craft, DIY, and cookbooks there. I'm seriously considering buying my own plan when my gift subscription expires.

Fantasy fans will find all nine of my novels on Scribd along with thousands of other titles by other fantasy authors. You can view a sample of one of my novels Rys Rising: Book I on Scribd right here:

If you use Oyster Books, my fantasy novels are there too, but that service doesn't give me a handy way to share a preview like at Scribd. But definitely search for "Tracy Falbe" if you want a good fantasy read.

As for Kindle Unlimited, alas, I am not welcome there. Amazon only allows indie authors who have agreed to exclusive terms with the company to be included in Kindle Unlimited. Because I am unwilling to forgo every other means of selling my ebooks in the world in order to participate, my novels will not be in Kindle Unlimited until Amazon stops limiting the content there. All my ebooks are for sale in the Kindle store however, and I welcome you to get them there. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Complete Fantasy Series On Sale at iBooks Worldwide

Fantasy readers in the over 50 countries served by the Apple iBooks store have a great opportunity this month to get every part of the Rys Rising fantasy series for $0.99 each.

I write hard-hitting epics with many characters. As the saga progresses I weave together the various storylines into a stunning conclusion in the final book Love Lost.

Rys Rising: Book I in the U.S. iBooks store currently has six 5-star ratings out of six ratings.

In the Rys Rising series you'll enter a fantasy world...
- Encompassing two human civilizations.

- Where magical beings dominate human societies.

- Divided by intense rivalries.

- Where a hero endures all challenges no matter how they
darken his soul.

- Where lust and passion add to the sweetness of life.

- Driven by family loyalties.

Please see more about my novels by accessing the iBooks store below. 

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Indie Book Bargains UK Featured My Fantasy Book Rys Rising

Indie Book Bargains is a site that features ebook deals in the UK Kindle Store. Right now Rys Rising is only £0.77 for Kindle in the United Kingdom as are the rest of the novels in the Rys Rising series Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost. UK readers have in general been very positive about my fiction, as can been seen by the 5-star reviews at the retailer.

For British book lovers who don't have a kindle, my fantasy ebooks are also on sale at Kobo, iBooks, and Nook UK. And of course anyone can visit my web store Brave Luck Books and choose any format. I sell to readers directly worldwide.

To get a sense of my writing style, here's an excerpt from Rys Rising between the two characters shown on the cover:

With polite humility, he asked her only to remove the remainder of his tattoos. He said nothing as Onja worked on his skin. Gendahl paid attention to the sensation of having her magic touch him. She was blocking the pain as she burned the pigments bit by bit from his flesh, and then healed the skin as she went. The stags with their blue antlers gradually disappeared, and Gendahl forced himself to accept the end of his old life. It was the only way he could even attempt to go on. Gendahl could not be forgiven.
A breeze stirred and it was cool against his sweaty skin. He stared at his hands. The absence of his tattoos made him feel different. When his skin was tattooed, he had been only a small boy, and the painful task was one of his earliest memories.
This is my earliest memory of my new life, he thought.
With Onja’s firm slender fingers massaging his hands, Gendahl wondered if it had been the will of Jayshem, the God and creator of Gyhwen, that he experience a life other than being Lord of the Lin Tohs.
“Does it comfort you to think that your God willed your suffering and loss?” she asked.
Taken aback by her knowledge of his thoughts, Gendahl pulled his hands away. “What else can I think?” he asked back.
She lifted her eyebrows thoughtfully. The slight stretching of her eyelids sharpened the beauty of her features. His answer intrigued her greatly.
To change the subject, Gendahl examined his hands and thanked her. “I could not go on with my lord-born markings. I am lord-born no more,” he announced.
“You are still what you were, Gendahl,” Onja contradicted. “Tattoos did not make you a lord.”
“But they showed others what I was. I am something new now, but I know not what,” he said.
“You are Gendahl, my friend,” Onja said, and she smiled.
Her smile seemed to reveal a vulnerability that he would not have expected from her. She was alone as well.
“Your friend,” he said although he had no smile to give. “But call me Gendahl no more. I am Amar.”
“Amar,” she said and liked the name.
“I must go,” he said. He scanned the trees, rocks, waters, and mountains around him. Onja’s presence enchanted the landscape and made it more beautiful. It was a good place to die and to be born. “Back to the world of men,” he added.
Onja nodded with understanding. The time would come when she would go back to her kind as well. “If you want my help before I go back to Jingten, I will be here until the day equals the night,” she said, still hoping that he would make a request of her.
“Thank you, Onja,” he said and stood up.
Onja reached into his pile of gear and pulled forth his weapon. Proffering it, she said, “Your sword, Amar.”
Receiving the weapon from her opened a door in his mind, but he did not yet dare to look inside. He was not ready to receive any knowledge from this awesome being. As he took the sword from Onja and strapped it over his shoulder, he looked into her eyes that sparkled with powers to which no man could aspire. He would miss her.
Amar said, “I start a new life today. It is not a life I want, but perhaps if I keep living, the path to vengeance will present itself.” He decided that he needed this goal to keep going. He would view his smashed domain and take to the bandit life, and he would look for a way someday to hurt the Patharki and Ginjor Rib.
He parted from Onja without any more words. Planning to follow the stream through the hills, Amar walked away along the bank. When he turned back, Onja lifted a hand in farewell and he waved back to her. Onja sensed among his many harsh emotions his sadness at leaving her. It was good to have a friend.
You shall have your vengeance, she thought.

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Sample the fantasy fiction of Tracy Falbe

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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