A New Frontier in e-Publishing: Subscription Book

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Kindle 3 moved all major operates to the bottom. No comments on this point. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We all love our serials? Right? But what about a novel or short story book published in serial stages? For example: Book one goes on sale with only one chapter, next week the book is updated with chapter 2, and so on, but it’s a BOOK, not a magazine. How is that possible? I’m doing it. I published The Society On Da Run to Smashwords and Kindle, and every month I update it with content from it’s original version (which is over 400,000 words). I promote the new chapters like as if it’s a magazine. You paid 2.99 for a book of interlinked short stories at 200,000 words, not realizing you paid 2.99 for a potentially endless story of wonders, world building and all that good stuff. I hope to take the Subscription Book to new heights. Here is a shorter definition:


Subscription Book: an ebook (on Amazon, Smashwords or any other e-publishing site) that is updated on a monthly basis with newer stories and chapters. This format works best with a series of interlinked short stories. This genre should not be classified under/with “serial story.”


What do you think? You can read/buy TSODR on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Society-On-Run-ebook/dp/B006ZDQH0I/ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145300

Three Tributes: 10,713 Pages




  1. I quite like the idea. The story’s got to be pretty enthralling, though, to keep me coming back, with all the other things I have to remember in life.

    1. You make an excellent point about that. I haven’t thought about it that much, but hopefully the stories will be interesting enough for people to come back on every update. I’ve also been hearing that some people can’t find time for novels because of their busy life, so I’m more than hopeful about the Subscription Book genre.

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