Kindle Vella — Binge-watching for Stories

  • Kindle Vella stories are sold as electronic stories only (The author will have the option reselling it in another format after the story is complete, but while it is being written, the Vella platform is the only place you’ll find this story)
  • Like other Kindle books, you must have an Amazon account to read Vella stories
  • Currently, they can only be read on your computer, Kindle Fire, Android phone or iPhone using the Kindle app or a web browser
  • You start with the 1st Episode and read the stories one episode at a time and the first 3 episodes are always free
  • From the 4th episode on, you have to unlock each individual episode with Tokens. The amount of Tokens depends on the length of each episode in words. Tokens are very inexpensive, and are sold in blocks. The more Tokens you buy, the cheaper the cost of each Token (For example, currently you can buy 770 Tokens for $9.99, which is about enough for 30–35 episodes)
  • You Follow the stories you like and receive notifications in your Kindle app each time a new Episode is published
  • You show your appreciation for the story and the author by:
  • Amazon is giving free Tokens away currently so any Amazon user can try the platform out (including unlocking some episodes) for free
  • Reading the first 3 episodes for free is a great way to find stories you really like before committing to them.
  • There are already a growing variety of stories and genres on Kindle Vella, with a tag system that helps you find stories that fit your interests
  • Some Vellas are more like traditional books, but some are ongoing stories with many episodes or even stories divided up into seasons, so you can continue to follow the characters you have grown attached to
  • The quality of the content varies greatly, so you may find some stories that are quite lacking. Fortunately, you can usually determine this while reading the free episodes
  • Vella stories currently cannot be read on Kindle readers, only computers, phones and tablets, so if you want to read these stories on your Kindle Paperwhite, Touch or Oasis, you’ll have to wait for that support to be added
  • Vella is US only for the moment. Sorry, international friends, you’ll have to wait
  • The Vella system is different and can be confusing, making it difficult to recommend the stories you love to new readers

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