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I used to be very active on the (old) Alamy forums and back in 2008 we had many discussions about "Novel Use".  At the time and the way the markets were going I decided it wasn't for me.  Stock photography is not such a significant part of my photography business these days and so it is time to revisit options.

 

What is the current thinking on "Novel Use" - I notice that 70% of contributors have signed up to it?  Do you see any significant benefit from doing so?

 

The 30% who have opted out - why have you remained out of the scheme?  For me, back in 2008, I felt that "Novel Use" undermined the value of the images and the work involved in creating them.  Today, my stock imagery is something I create "on the back" of other things so any income from it is a bonus so I am wondering about opting in. 

 

So what's the general feeling about Novel Use these days?

 

Ian.

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Novel use isn't spoken of these days on the forum, I don't think it ever really performed the way Alamy thought it would. Like yourself I didn't join on a principle and I'm still ok with that decision. 

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I had one NU sale about 5 years ago for about 80c. Not heard of since.

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I thought novel use had been made redundant. I used to get regular NU sales (for small amounts) but not seen any for years.

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Long time no hear Ian..... NU is dead or in retirement....

Geoff - good to see you are still around here!

 

All - Interesting that the consensus is that NU is a thing of the past.  The option to opt in is still there on the "Additional Revenue Options" panel.

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I used to get lots of very small NU sales and a couple of years ago even got one for $50, but haven't seen one in a couple of years - I thought it was phased out. 

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I imagine that 'personal use' and 'presentation use' have more or less taken the place of novel use.

 

May NU R.I.P.

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I only read novels at night, and I find it very useful in turning off the concerns of the day and helping me go to sleep.

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I only read novels at night, and I find it very useful in turning off the concerns of the day and helping me go to sleep.

 

Sounds like a novel (and useful) idea to me.

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