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Comparison of DLSite.com and Kindle Worlds fanwork sale platforms

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DRAFT PAPER TITLE: Selling Fanworks Online in the United States and Japan: A Comparison of Kindle Worlds and DLSite.com
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ACTUALLY, HISTORY OF MANY DIFFERENT APPROACHES FANWORK MONETIZATION
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INTERNET IS BIGGEST GROWTH AREA FOR FANWORK SALES
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COMPARISON BETWEEN E-LAN FIC AND J-LAN DJ VERY INSTRUCTIVE
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EXAMPLE: DLSite.com and Kindle Worlds, 2 most prominent online stores for fanworks for both groups
A comparison between Japan-based DLSite.com and U.S.-based Kindle Worlds, both platforms where creators can offer fannish works for sale as digital downloads, can offer a very interesting illustration of the various differences in fanwork monetization between Japan and the U.S. DLSite.com is Kindle Worlds is {{{Outro}}}


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DLsite is constellation of sites, DLsite.com, DLsite Mobile, Girl's Maniax, GAME999 {{{Outro}}}


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A few things to note
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LAW: DLSite okay with being not quite legal, Kindle Worlds must be legal
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Copyrights for media sold through DLSite.com remain with the fannish creator, while they /words here/ in the case of Kindle Worlds.
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CONTROL: with creators on DLSite.com, elsewhere on Kindle Worlds
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DLSite.com publishes works of any length, while Kindle Worlds sets a minimum of 5000 words for stories.
Kindle Worlds' FAQ states that "We want to create a great experience for our readers. We think 5,000 words, or 15-20 manuscript pages, is a good minimum length for anyone who buys a Kindle Worlds story". [1] {{{Outro}}}


{{#set_internal:Is paragraph in story|Concept=DLSite.com allows sellers to set their own prices, while Kindle Worlds determines the price of any fanwork sold through it.|Explanation=Both sites take a commission for themselves, /words here/ in the case of DLSite.com and /words here/ in the case of Kindle Worlds. The price of a work on DLSite.com includes the price set by the creator plus the "service fee" set by the store. The price of a work on Kindle Worlds includes the part that goes to the creator (determined by Amazon), a commission fee of /words here/ that goes to Amazon, and an unspecified amount that goes to the copyright holders of the licensed work. DLSite.com offers a chart of possible prices[2], while Kindle Worlds /words here/. DLSite also warns sellers that "the total sales of your product must reach at least $100 in order for us to make a payment to you. If your total product sales did not reach $100 in the current month, the balance is carried to the next month." [3] Kindle Worlds /words here/.

Average prices of works on DLSite.com vary according to the format used, but dōjinshi on the English-language site generally seem to be priced between 2 and 6 USD. The most expensive works are mostly digital art materials such as brush sets and background sets. Kindle Worlds states that it sets prices for "most" works "between $0.99 and $3.99", also mentioning that "particularly short works – between 5,000 and 9,999 words" will typicaly be priced at less than one dollar.[4]

The most notable differences here are that DLSite.com reserves no portion of the sale price of a fannish work for the copyright holder, and that DLSite.com allows fannish creators to determine how much money they would like to receive for their works.|Outro=}}

DLSite.com allows sellers to set their own prices, while Kindle Worlds determines the price of any fanwork sold through it.
Both sites take a commission for themselves, /words here/ in the case of DLSite.com and /words here/ in the case of Kindle Worlds. The price of a work on DLSite.com includes the price set by the creator plus the "service fee" set by the store. The price of a work on Kindle Worlds includes the part that goes to the creator (determined by Amazon), a commission fee of /words here/ that goes to Amazon, and an unspecified amount that goes to the copyright holders of the licensed work. DLSite.com offers a chart of possible prices[2], while Kindle Worlds /words here/. DLSite also warns sellers that "the total sales of your product must reach at least $100 in order for us to make a payment to you. If your total product sales did not reach $100 in the current month, the balance is carried to the next month." [3] Kindle Worlds /words here/.

Average prices of works on DLSite.com vary according to the format used, but dōjinshi on the English-language site generally seem to be priced between 2 and 6 USD. The most expensive works are mostly digital art materials such as brush sets and background sets. Kindle Worlds states that it sets prices for "most" works "between $0.99 and $3.99", also mentioning that "particularly short works – between 5,000 and 9,999 words" will typicaly be priced at less than one dollar.[4]

The most notable differences here are that DLSite.com reserves no portion of the sale price of a fannish work for the copyright holder, and that DLSite.com allows fannish creators to determine how much money they would like to receive for their works. {{{Outro}}}


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DLSite.com pays sellers their royalties at the end of every month if they've made 100 USD, while Kindle Worlds pays royalties within 60 days after the end of every month. [6]

A story between 5000 and 9999 words would probably not be called "particularly short" by many English-speaking fan fiction authors and readers. On the Archive of Our Own, over 89% of all stories have less than ten thousand words. /words here/ podfic[7]|Outro=}}

DLSite.com gives the creator /words here/, while Kindle Worlds gives creators a standard royalty rate of 35% or 20% of net revenue depending on the work's length.
Net revenue at Kindle Worlds is "based on" "customer sales price less customer returns, delivery and transmission costs, and excluding taxes". [5] For stories between 5000 and 9999 words, which Amazon calls "particularly short",

DLSite.com pays sellers their royalties at the end of every month if they've made 100 USD, while Kindle Worlds pays royalties within 60 days after the end of every month. [6]

A story between 5000 and 9999 words would probably not be called "particularly short" by many English-speaking fan fiction authors and readers. On the Archive of Our Own, over 89% of all stories have less than ten thousand words. /words here/ podfic[7] {{{Outro}}}


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DLSite.com has an affiliate program and points system /words here/
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DLsite.com gives sellers the option of adding DRM to their works, while Kindle Worlds /words here/
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References, notes and comments

  1. Amazon.com, “Kindle Worlds FAQs: Publishing Your Story,” Kindle Worlds, accessed April 15, 2014, https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A21ID9ESR4ARHT.
  2. CuriousFactory Inc., “CuriousFactory Distribution Network,” CuriousFactory Inc., accessed April 14, 2014, http://www.curiousfactory.com/home/digital-distribution/.
  3. CuriousFactory Inc., “CuriousFactory Distribution Network,” CuriousFactory Inc., accessed April 14, 2014, http://www.curiousfactory.com/home/digital-distribution/.
  4. Amazon.com, “Kindle Worlds FAQs: Sales, Royalties, and Payments,” Kindle Worlds, accessed April 15, 2014, https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A3T3UQCG5AG03W.
  5. Amazon.com, “Kindle Worlds FAQs: Sales, Royalties, and Payments,” Kindle Worlds, accessed April 15, 2014, https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A3T3UQCG5AG03W.
  6. Amazon.com, “Kindle Worlds FAQs: Sales, Royalties, and Payments,” Kindle Worlds, accessed April 15, 2014, https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A3T3UQCG5AG03W. }
  7. Percentage calculated based on the number of works on the Archive of Our Own on 15 April 2014: 1073230 total works, with 959175 of them having less than ten thousand words.
  8. DLsite.com, “About User Authorization,” DLsite.com, accessed April 15, 2014, http://www.dlsite.com/eng/guide/dlviewer.
  9. /words here/
  10. Amazon.com, “Kindle Worlds FAQs: Publishing Your Story,” Kindle Worlds, accessed April 15, 2014, https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A21ID9ESR4ARHT.
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