Amazon restarts the serial novel genre – with Charles Dickens and a Yoga murder mystery

I love that Amazon is rekindling the newspaper subscription through the e-reader. It invokes an image of reading the newspaper in the morning, with my coffee and family at the table. But replace the newspaper with a Kindle and does it still work?

If you’re a digital geek of course. And the beauty of online subscriptions is you have the world at your fingertips. I’ve subscribed to newspapers from Spain, Argentina, Houston, San Francisco, and more using the free 14-day trial.

Amazon sees a profit in this as they continue to push the subscription model, this time with Kindle Serials. From c|net:

A new service for Kindle owners, called Kindle Serials, lets customers subscribe to a serial novel. Buyers purchase the content up front, then have it delivered to their device automatically as new installments are published. Along the way, readers can provide feedback about the series, something Amazon hopes will bring a modern approach to the genre.

The first releases are a few Charles Dickens novels in their original serialized form. A true delight for literature nuts, especially because they are free:

Eight more serial novels will be released, each with a tantalizing plot to draw you in. These will cost $1.99 for all the installments.

 

Kindle Serials

Downward-Facing Death 

When the founder of L.A.’s biggest yoga empire is found murdered, former LAPD detective and struggling yoga instructor Matt Bolster is asked to take the case.

 

 

Option to Kill

Trained Marine sniper and CIA operations officer Nathan McBride returns…(this time he) finds himself teamed up with Lauren, a 12-year-old girl he rescues from a kidnapping. Over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren form a desperate and unlikely alliance to stay one step ahead of her kidnapper.

 

 

9th Circle

Seattle has become the playground for the most vicious killer the nation has ever known, and only autistic detective Robi Darcmel can look past the carnage and into the killer’s mind.

 

 

Shop Til You Drop…Dead

Cory Sutherland’s last day as the personal assistant to wealthy San Francisco socialite Missy Graybar couldn’t possibly be worse–particularly when Cory finds Missy murdered and is charged with the crime.

 

 

The Circuit Rider

Mike Tower is a traveling preacher with a mysterious past. As he makes his way across the American West in the late 1800s with his sharpshooter bodyguard and a hard-drinking woman named Bird Hitchcock, they’re forced to protect each other during the long “circuit ride.”

 

 

Love is Strong as Death

When hardboiled investigative journalist Rachel Elliot is assigned a “haunted house” story, she gets drawn deeper and deeper into a web of love and treachery involving a dashing billionaire, a mysterious psychic, and a decades-old murder.

 

 

Hacker Mom

Becky Taylor is a stay-at-home mom married to an aspiring politician until a chance encounter lands her at the center of an international whistle-blowing operation, exposing everything from corporate malfeasance to government-sanctioned murder.

 

 

The Many Lives of Lilith Lane

When Lilith Lane’s little sister is snatched from her bedroom and turns up dead two weeks later, a reclusive scientist with secret motives offers Lilith a second chance to save the girl.

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