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Morning Roundup: Amazon says publishers not “really necessary.” Konrath advice
August 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonBook Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings are Useless) (Book Riot) I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books. *** Is BuzzFeed’s Deletion of Articles an Ethical Lapse or the Growing Pains of a New-Media Entity? (GigaOM) BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no,...

Purdue reveals an alarming future for academia with Amazon?
August 16, 2014 | 10:25 am

Purdue University has announced some bright news for its students - provided they are prepared to tie themselves to Amazon. They now have "the opportunity to save up to 30 percent - or $6 million - a year on textbooks" thanks to "the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a new, co-branded experience where students can purchase lower-cost textbooks and other college essentials." This follows up on a slightly different pilot program already debuted at UC Davis. It seems like a great deal, but no one could imagine that Amazon is doing this purely out of generosity. "Through the Purdue Student Store on...

Is Hachette gagging its authors?
August 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

hachette gagging authors?As some may know, there's a fascinating spat going on between Lee Child, recent star of a BBC Newsnight anti-Amazon segment, and the The Passive Voice's readers and creator - a.k.a. David Vandagriff, recently cited, along with Chris Meadows and yours truly, as one of The Independent Publishing Magazine's "12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following." As well as the extensive and very detailed interchange between Child and his critics on many points of the pro- and anti-Amazon debate, where Vandagriff himself steps repeatedly into the fray - mostly against Child - one claim stands out - at least for...

Morning Roundup: Amazon bets consumers won’t budge. Average price of ebook bestsellers rising
August 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon's Bezos Gambles Consumers Won't Budge Amid Supplier Spats (Business Week) Jeff Bezos is betting consumers are so hooked on Amazon.com Inc’s easy shopping and fast delivery that they won’t revolt even as negotiations with suppliers make it harder to find some items on the site. *** How to Use Social Media for Better Book Recommendations (Book Riot) In the height of summer reading season, everyone is looking for the next hot book to read. And they’re all on Facebook asking what they should get next. If you’ve tried this route you may have noticed that you get all kinds of titles shouted at...

Morning Roundup: Print vs. digital comprehension. Comics after Amazon-Comixology
August 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

comiXologyAmazon, Hachette, Russia, Israel…(Sigh)… (Publerati) The future of publishing lies within this overall pricing challenge. The audience for hardcover fiction is shrinking, not growing, so the publisher needs to get as much out of that shrinking group of purchasers as possible. *** Ukrainian Law Would Allow Authorities to Block Websites, Along with Other Media (GigaOM) The draft law was waved through its first reading in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, raising fears of censorship without safeguards. *** Surveying Digital Comics after Amazon-Comixology (PW) It’s been a time of upheaval in the digital comics landscape. Amazon’s still recent purchase of Comixology continues to make waves. *** Reading Print Versus...

Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks
August 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

simon & schusterCBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. "Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from $189 million for the same prior-year period, driven by higher print book sales,"said the earnings release. (Doncha love these little old mom'n'pop operations in the quaint and folksy world of publishing?) "Digital books continue to represent a significant portion of sales, with 25% of total Publishing revenues coming from digital sales during the second quarter of 2014." In addition,...

How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of an NYT ad?
August 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Class, today's math question is: How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of a single full-page New York Times ad? And we're going to compare the average median income of a British author, as calculated by the the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), with the cost of a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, as provided by ... the New York Times. "The Times ad, which cost $104,000, was paid for by a handful of the more successful writers," states the NYT. "In 2013, the median income of the professional author...

Edward Robertson spots fresh irony in Hachette counter-claims
August 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Science fiction and fantasy author Edward W. Robertson has added a new insight to the post mortem on Hachette's response to Amazon's open letter. And it's one more that Hachette probably wishes would go away. As well as pointing out, as Chris Meadows has already noted, that Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch either doesn't know the history of his own industry, or is openly lying to the public about it, Robertson emphasizes that the first paperback houses were trying to do an Amazon on the publishing industry of their time. "Paperback rights were purchased by competing publishers who were able to sell...

Terms of Amazon dispute with Disney seem oddly familiar
August 12, 2014 | 6:16 am

disneypicturesA Wall Street Journal article (if it’s paywalled, Google the headline to read it) delves into the sources of the pre-order blocking matter between Amazon and Disney…and if you could summarize it with a single phrase, it would be “the shoe’s on the other foot.” It has some commonalities with the Hachette dispute, but some important differences, too. According to the familiar “person with knowledge of the matter” (he sure gets around, doesn’t he?) the dispute partly concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon’s web site (the element it has in common with the Hachette negotiation, given some of...

Amazon’s e-book position ‘weak’ but customer focus too strong for disruption
August 11, 2014 | 4:35 am

Here’s a couple of interesting takes on the Amazon/Hachette affair. It’s kind of refreshing, actually, after all this back and forth he-said/she-said of authors in favor of Amazon or Hachette and Amazon and Hachette themselves to look at what more neutral parties are saying. For starters, here’s Jake Kerr on Medium.com suggesting that Amazon is fighting so hard for lower prices on e-books because, far from being the monopolistic behemoth others accuse it of, its position in the e-book trade is actually fairly weak. This seems a little counterintuitive at first, but Kerr points out that e-book stores have...

Hachette responds to Amazon advocates’ email on pricing its e-books
August 11, 2014 | 1:24 am

Digital Book World is carrying the response Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch is sending to those people who write him at Amazon’s behest. Since I posted the Amazon letter in full, it seems only fair to do the same for this. Pietsch (or whoever wrote the response for him) maintains that “Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone” (technically true, I suppose, since he said books, not e-books). He also maintains that the vast majority of Hachette’s titles are priced at or below $9.99, that the ones that cost more are nonetheless...

Weekend Roundup: More power to Amazon good for books? Digital info after you die
August 10, 2014 | 10:51 am

legalAfter the Bell Tolls for Thee---What Happens After You Die? (Dear Author) I’ll start this post off with a disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I strongly advise you to consult a lawyer who specializes in wills and trusts so that when you do shuffle off your mortal coil (in the way, way future) your descendents think of you fondly. *** The Best Thing for Books is More Power to Amazon (Yahoo Finance) Amazon used to set the prices people paid for ebooks, but, thanks to an illegal price fixing conspiracy, they lost most of that power to publishers. Almost everyone -- probably even...