Today I’m pleased to announce something pretty exciting that has been in works for a while now: the Cemetery Dance “All You Can Read” eBook Membership for 2012.
The way this membership works is pretty simple. After paying a small one-time fee, members will be able to download one “free” copy of every eBook Cemetery Dance has published to date and every eBook we publish in 2012. The cost of membership is just $49, which is pretty amazing when you consider our store already has 40 eBooks you can download right away with a combined retail value of more than $130. (The cost of this membership breaks down to just $4.08 per month.)
In the six months since we launched our eBook store, we’ve published books by William Peter Blatty, Peter Straub, Jay Bonansinga, Norman Partridge, Glen Hirshberg, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Mick Garris, Rick Hautala, Ronald Kelly, Simon Clark, Ed Gorman, Geoff Cooper, James A. Moore, Rocky Wood, Kirby McCauley, and many others. For our 2012 line-up we’re working with a lot of these authors, plus some other regular Cemetery Dance favorites and some of our favorite authors who haven’t been around in a while.
Although we’re embracing the new digital age, that doesn’t mean we’re any less committed to our signed Limited Edition hardcovers. We plan on publishing print books for many, many years to come and we have a lot of very exciting books in the works for this year including some surprise titles by authors you’re not expecting.
In fact, because we know our collectors still love print editions as much as we do, every “All You Can Read” member will also receive a FREE signed Limited Edition hardcover later this year. (All they’ll have to pay is any applicable shipping to their location.) This works out well for our regular collectors who also read eBooks, of course, but my hope is that some eBook readers who haven’t really considered the buying a signed Limited Edition hardcover book will get this freebie and want more.
For those of you who are rightfully concerned about how authors will be paid for their work in this new age of digital reading, I’m very pleased to report that our authors will be paid their FULL ROYALTY RATE on any copies downloaded by members of the “All You Can Read” program. So if there are 100 members in this program and they each download an author’s eBook, that author will be paid the same as if 100 copies were sold at the regular retail price. If there are 500 members, and all 500 download an author’s eBook, again, that’s 500 real sales. (I suspect all of our eBook authors will see a nice boost in their next royalty checks.)
All in all, I think this is a pretty incredible deal and I hope a lot of readers are able to take advantage of it. I look forward to hearing everyone’s feedback on the program.