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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Changes at the buffet

Ever since e-book subscription services debuted, I suspected that they would not be financially sustainable for long. Last month, Amazon confirmed this suspicion when they changed the payout terms for Kindle Unlimited. Yesterday, Scribd announced it was dropping most romance and erotica titles from its catalog. Apparently, these readers are the equivalent of Homer Simpson at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

I'm sure that Oyster and other services will follow suit, making changes either to their fees, payment system, or content. Regardless of what happens, these moves also conform what most of us have known for a while: the most popular genres, by an overwhelming margin, are romance and erotica.

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