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Authors United to ask Department of Justice for Amazon antitrust inquiry
September 25, 2014 | 6:08 pm

So, Authors United’s latest publicity stunt is to declare they’re asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for anti-trust issues in the wake of the continuing contract dispute with Hachette. (Publishers Weekly talks about it here, linking to a paywalled Financial Times article that you can read free by googling “Authors to call for Amazon antitrust inquiry” then clicking the FT article and answering a question.) They’re still in the process of drafting the letter; Douglas Preston says it was leaked “very prematurely.” The letter will ask the justice department’s antitrust division to “examine Amazon’s...

Morning Roundup: Publishing is rotten. Are Amazon exclusives the next big challenge?
September 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon exclusivesPublishing is Rotten to the Core (David Gaughran) The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. *** Are Amazon Exclusives the Next Big Challenge for Everybody Else in Publishing? (The Shatzkin Files) Somebody smarter (or more patient about wading through data) than I am could probably figure out how far along this bifurcation is already, but Amazon is doing its very best to build a body of content that is desirable and available from nobody else but them. *** Evernote for Mac Rebuilds the Notes Editor, Improves Tables, and More (Lifehacker) Evernote released an update to...

Weekend Roundup: Review Kobo Aura H2O. Amazon allows family sharing of purchases
September 21, 2014 | 11:24 am

kobo aura h2oRead Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress (WSJ) The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. *** Genre-Crossing Authors: An Interview with One Who Does it Well (Book Riot) This year, I’ve seen a number of authors delve into new genres for the first time. *** Review: Kobo Aura H20 (The Digital Reader) The Aura H2O is Kobo’s second ereader to use the 6.8″ E-ink screen. Like its predecessor this ereader asks for a premium price, and like the Aura HD this device offers a value which more than makes...

Why NOT self-publish exclusively through Amazon?
September 19, 2014 | 7:50 pm

I first saw a post by Hugh Howey discussing the potential cost versus befits of going exclusive with Amazon a few days ago. I was thinking of saying something about it, but it kind of takes on added significance with the news about Barnes & Noble removing the “Download” button from its e-book library. Howey’s post is worth reading, but lends itself to easy summarizing. Essentially, Amazon provides a number of added benefits and incentives to writers who publish exclusively via Amazon either temporarily or continually: free giveaway days, or inclusion in e-book subscription services such as the...

Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Morning Roundup: Yes, books are consumer goods. Amazon accounts hacked through Kindle books
September 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonYour Amazon Account Can be Hacked Via a Kindle Book (The Digital Reader) Amazon might not have a security issue at Audible but they do have one on their main website. *** Free Samples of NBA's Young People's Literature Longlist (GalleyCat) The National Book Foundation has revealed its first ever Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA). *** HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to eBook Files (Digital Book World) The anti-piracy solution embeds unique, imperceptible and traceable digital watermarks into e-books, enabling distributors and publishers to track where their content is appearing online and identify the sources of leakage and unauthorized distribution. *** Authors United May...

Morning Links: Amazon gambles on kids. What? Twitter might filter our feeds?
September 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

twitterAmazon Gambles on the Kids (Digital Book World) Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which irrespective of what the industry feels lines up perfectly with Amazon’s stated goal of delivering better value to their customers. *** Authors United Preparing New Amazon Initiative (PW) It’s been almost a month since Authors United, a group of more than 900 authors concerned about Amazon putting writers in the middle of its dispute with Hachette, published a full-page ad in the New...

More from Neil Gaiman on the Amazon/Hachette faceoff
September 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Neil Gaiman's views on the Amazon/Hachette spat seem to have evolved a little since Chris Meadows last reported on them in mid-June. According to an answer to a self-published author and fan recently posted on "the official Neil Gaiman Tumblr, but honestly no better than the unofficial Neil Gaiman Tumblrs out there," Gaiman now says: "I don’t see an enemy. I see two huge multinational corporations having a fight over contracts and terms, and authors staring up at them from ground level. It’s like Godzilla battling Gamera, and we’re looking up from the sidewalks of New York rather worried that...

Morning Roundup: Amazon launches KDP Kids. What should editors read?
September 4, 2014 | 8:50 am

kdp kidsAmazon Launches Kindle Kids' Book Creator, Launches KDP Kids (The Digital Reader) Making an ebook is easy – so long as it mainly consists of text. But if you want to want to make a fixed layout ebook like a kid’s picture book, that’s a little harder, which is why Amazon launched Kindle Comics Creator last year and why Amazon just launched the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. *** Reading Rainbow to Publish Levar Burton's First Picture Book (GalleyCat) Actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton has collaborated with writer Susan Schaefer Bernardo and artist Courtenay Fletcher on his first picture book. *** What Should Editors Read?...

Morning Links: B&N testing espresso machines. In defense of Amazon
September 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonInsert Citations in Multiple Formats Easily with Google Docs (Lifehacker) You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper. *** The Guardian Publishes Unreleased Chapter of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (GalleyCat) Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the occasion has brought about a controversial new book cover, a golden ticket sweepstakes and now the unearthing of a previously unreleased chapter of the book. *** B&N Testing Espresso Book Machines (PW) The country’s largest bookstore chain recently began a test of the system at three...

HarperCollins UK goes direct-to-consumer: Is Amazon worried yet?
September 1, 2014 | 2:25 pm

News that might just have Jeff Bezos quaking in his boots - though don't bank on it - is that HarperCollins in the UK has introduced across-the-board direct sales for its books, including hard copy as well as ebooks. The ebooks have to be downloaded and read on HarperCollins's dedicated HC Reader app (also available for Kindle Fire, cheekily enough), in conjunction with a HarperCollins account. The ecommerce and payment platform for HarperCollins is provided by Digital River, which was behind the recent dedicated websites for its C.S. Lewis and Narnia properties. (Oops, wasn't C.S. Lewis once an author rather than...

France’s anti-Amazon minister goes
August 30, 2014 | 10:32 am

the FrenchIn the latest of a series of ministerial exits from the deeply unpopular government of French President François Hollande, minister for culture Aurélie Filippetti has quit during a ministerial reshuffle, ostensibly over Hollande's new austerity policies. She joins former education minister Benoît Hamon and Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, himself already cited as a left-leaning chauvinist in other high-profile negotiations and spats with France's international investors and business partners. In an open letter, Filippetti has warned of political disarray that is throwing the electorate into disillusionment with politics, "or worse, into the arms of the Front National." The letter also refers to...