When we launched our Kindle subscription program in June, I mentioned that it was going to play important role in providing Clarkesworld with a more stable financial future. To help get things rolling, I offered to add an extra story to each issue if we could pick up 500 subscribers by our 5th anniversary issue (October). Today we crossed the halfway point! Keep this up and you’ll get those stories. Heck, we might even hit my previously unspoken goal of 1000 by 2012. That would be incredible. You people are the best. Thank you!
As I hope you know by now, Clarkesworld Magazine is now available for subscription on the Kindle (device and Android app). This is something I’ve been trying to accomplish for some time now. Ebooks and subscriptions are very important to the future of Clarkesworld. They provide the financial stability we require to continue to operate and grow.
In this month’s editorial, I made a promise: If we can pick up 500 subscribers by our 5th anniversary (October), we’ll add an extra story to each issue. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 5th. As of today, we are over 23% of the way there and I’d like to thank all our new subscribers and those who have helped out by spreading the word, "liking" the magazine on the Amazon page, or reviewing us there. We’re still a long way from our goal, so I hope we can count on your continued assistance.
Several people have asked when we will be available for subscription on the Nook. Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to get any response from the staff at B&N and I’m running out of contacts to email. At this point, I urge anyone who would like to see Clarkesworld subscriptions on the Nook to follow the directions from their website:
If I wish to see a publication offered, who do I contact?
As for the iPad, yes, I am aware that the Kindle app for iPad does not yet support subscriptions. There has been a note on Amazon’s site saying that support was forthcoming, but that has been there a long time and Amazon support isn’t willing to give any details. I have seen speculation that Apple’s in-app sales policy has something to do with this, but only Amazon knows for sure. We’d support iPad Kindle subscriptions if they were offered. It might not hurt to let them know you want that feature in the Kindle app.
In the meantime, you have another option… Weightless Books (the people behind Small Beer Press and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet) sells EPUB and Mobi subscriptions of Clarkesworld. Sure, they don’t auto-deliver to your device, but they will email you when the new files are available and that’s the next best thing.
As always, your feedback is appreciated. If you have thoughts about how we could improve the subscriptions, ebook editions, marketing or have a contact that might be able to help us out, please get in touch with me.
|We make the contents of each issue of Clarkesworld available for free online, but the money to pay our authors has to come from somewhere. One such source is the sale of our ebook editions. This is an important part of our fund-raising efforts and one we hope to see grow as ebook devices flourish.
That said, issue #50 is now available and can be ordered from the following places:
Wyrm Publishing (we see all the money when you order direct from us) epub/mobi-Kindle
Thanks for your continued support!
If you get a chance, please review or star us at Amazon or B&N… or just help spread the word. Every little bit helps!
Looking for something fun to read on your Kindle, Nook or iPad? The September issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available from Amazon …or you can buy the EPUB or MOBI/Kindle edition from the Wyrm ebookstore.
Our mid-month Clarkesworld podcast features "The Association of the Dead" by Rahul Kanakia. You can read the story here, listen here, or subscribe to our podcast and never have to be reminded by me again.