Having now downloaded a Kindle app for the iPhone and purchased a bunch of books... I'm sold! Maybe I should have caught up with this technology years ago, especially for Direction. Our digital delivery of the magazines has been an expensive problem with limited protection from sharing files. The amount of time I've spent researching the best option for delivering our digital versions has also been an expense that I'd hate to calculate.
We're in the final stages of producing 12 journals for Kindle readers. It's not the full format layout of the digital pdf, but at least we can rest assured that there are a few more tighter restrictions on sharing the content.
Of course previous subscribers to Direction have been given exclusive rights to own the entire digital back catalogue, but moving forward we simply needed to find a better way to sell our work. The Amazon model is about as simple as it gets, and allows us to update or edit the work instantly should mistakes be found.
I'll let you know as soon as these back issues can be purchased via Amazon.
In the meantime, I'd love to get your thoughts on what price our magazines should be sold as Kindle versions. (and iBook versions)
If a subscription costs $97 for 4 journals posted to your door, individual journals cost $17 plus postage charges... and in the past we have charged $10 for a pdf version, where do we position a Kindle version?
Eventually Kindle will replace the pdf, full format issue for everyone except Direction subscribers.
Let me know what you think is fair.