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Margo Howard takes up New Republic’s anti-Amazon banner, disses Vine club for daring to review her
October 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Author entitlement is a wonderful thing. Just by putting pen to paper, you can be forgiven for child abuse. Stalking. Abusing your readers. Grumpy-catting when you can't get the recognition and validation you paid for. Especially in your own mind. Apparently it's all part of that miraculous creative process. So welcome Margo Howard as today's star turn in authorial over-self-entitlement. (Is that a word? Sorry, English language, but it sure is an accurate description.) Aided and abetted, as these cases so often are, by a paranoid conspiracy theory - which is given added credence and visibility, in this instance, because it...

What would make an Amazon competitor competitive?
October 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

competitionAs all and sundry go round and round about Amazon/Hachette and the end of author royalties as we know it, I stopped to consider. I believe the eBook marketplace is healthier with competition, even if Amazon is right now a pretty darned good company to do business with. I do not consider B&N, Kobo or Apple to be the ideal competition, although together, they may not be too bad. So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace. As a reader This was tough because Amazon does...

Morning Links: Roundup of Kindle Voyage reviews. Amazon will slash royalties! Really?
October 21, 2014 | 9:04 am

kindle voyageRoundup: Kindle Voyage Reviews (The Digital Reader) Amazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted. *** Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing (Digital Book World) Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. *** Journalism May be Common Core's New English (Mediashift) On one hand, those CCSS English Language Arts college- and career-readiness standards sounded a lot like what they were doing already. *** Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties! (Joe Konrath) But then isn’t this...

Simon & Schuster reportedly reaches agency deal with Amazon
October 20, 2014 | 6:50 pm

The interesting times we live in might just have gotten a little more interesting. Right as Hachette is in the middle of a protracted contact negotiation dispute with Hachette comes a rumor, via Publishers Weekly, that its fellow Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster has just finalized a contract deal with Amazon. The deal would supposedly move the pricing model “back toward the original agency plan,” with S&S able to set prices on its e-books, but Amazon retaining some ability to discount. Of course, this is just a rumor based on an anonymous leak. PW pointed out that...

Weekend Links: iBooks Author updated. Importance of Pseudonymous activity
October 19, 2014 | 11:39 am

iBooks AuthorOn the Importance of Pseudonymous Activity (Dear Author) On Saturday, author Kathleen Hale was given a platform on the Guardian, one of the most venerable book outlets in the English speaking world. Using that platform, she chronicles a months long stalking campaign to a Goodreads reviewer who Hale charactered as her number one critic. *** Kobo President Lambastes Amazon (GoodeReader) Newly appointed Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn took to Twitter today to post a rambling diatribe on why Amazon might not be the best call for indie authors to self-publish with. *** Amazon's Elite Reviewing Club Sabotaged my Book (The Passive Voice) PG...

A class action against James Patterson?
October 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

James PattersonWhen not engaged in dissing Amazon, endowing lucky bookshops, or otherwise positioning himself front and center before an attentive media, bestselling $350 million-net-worth $90-million-a-year-earning author James Patterson is indulging in business practices that make me wonder whether there is a case for a class action against him. On grounds of consumer fraud. Because, as the Celebrity Net Worth website (the Hello! Magazine of money junkies) outlines, "Patterson works with a variety of ghostwriters and co-authors, such as Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Mark Sullivan, Ashwin Sanghi, Michael Ledwidge, and Peter De Jonge." When you're reading James Patterson, how do you actually know...

Amazon goes same day in UK
October 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

AmazonAmazon has begun same-day delivery in the UK, in a manner that - unexpectedly - might even help book chains, or at least one version of them. "Amazon.co.uk today announced an expansion of its Pick-Up Location programme which includes the introduction of its first ever Same-Day collection service," states the Amazon release. "Customers will be able to purchase products and pick up their order later that day as a result of a collaboration with newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News, a division of Connect Group Plc. For a limited time, Amazon Prime members will be able to use this new...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

Morning Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.
October 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

can you use electronic devices on airplanesThe Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not "Doing Anything Wrong" (Lifehacker) Glenn Greenwald—one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden's release of classified files—explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not. *** Canadian Authors Hit by Hachette-Amazon War (PW) Canadian authors are among the many affected by the protracted fight between Amazon and Hachette, but north of the border...

Amazon to experiment with brick-and-mortar store in New York City
October 9, 2014 | 5:16 pm

Remember when Apple opened its first retail store and everyone thought they were crazy? It’s déjà vu all over again. The Wall Street Journal (article paywalled; google the headline to read) cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with” the matter to reveal that Amazon is opening its first brick-and-mortar store at 7 West 34th St. in New York City, across from the Empire State Building and just a block away from Macy’s at Herald Square, just in time for the holiday season. The store space could be used for same-day delivery in New York City, returns and exchanges, order...

Mobile phones go wingardium leviosa
October 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

For those wanting to take the Harry Potter approach to controlling and interacting with your mobile device, there are some welcome developments on the horizon. Already there is the Amazon Fire Phone, which, although it hasn't exactly set the ... ahem ... world on fire, does incorporate gesture control via its four forward-facing cameras. However, there is also Elliptic Labs, which seeks to make mobile devices gesture-capable via ultrasound. Elliptic's Touchless Gesture Recognition Engine is already implemented in a Windows 8 suite and an Android SDK. According to the company's materials, "ultrasound signals sent through the air from speakers integrated in smart...

Fascinating look at sales numbers and effect of Kindle Unlimited
October 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedFantasy author Rachel Aaron has a breakdown of the sales of her latest book on her blog, and, though long, it's fascinating reading. While it's worth reading (in all its 5400 word glory), there were two points which particularly interested me. 1. Fixed ranking hypothesis I'm not sure I'm buying her hypothesis, but it's an interesting idea, if true. On paper, at least, I looked like a winner, and it's my theory that because of this, I was given extra visibility by Amazon in the form of a fixed ranking. And I don't mean fixed as in illegally fixed, I mean they stuck...