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Weekend Links: I was going to review some tablets, but… Scalzi on NaNoWriMo
November 2, 2014 | 9:55 am

nook tabletsI Was Going to Review Some Tablets... (Dear Author) So, here is my review: Amazon is winning the sales war because they are better at business. Period. *** Amazon Exec: We Priced the Fire Phone Wrong (Fortune) In an interview with Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp acknowledged Amazon bumbled the phone’s pricing. *** A Quick Note on Nanowrimo (John Scalzi) But the fact of the matter is that it was possible to do it that way because every day I wasn’t writing 80,000 words, I was writing 2,500. That’s ten pages, double-spaced. Totally doable. *** How Publishers & Copyright Gave Amazon the Very Power...

Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?
October 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

AndrewWylie.PhotographEamonnMcCabe.jpgNever one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can't seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them - or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he's blaming Amazon for depriving writers of a decent living. “Writers will begin to make enough money to live,” he claims, according to his keynote address at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, if only the Big Five have the cojones like Hachette to stand up to Amazon, who he doesn't hesitate to compare to ISIS. Hold...

Morning Links: New “Orphan Works” rule in the UK. Spain passes new copyright law
October 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightNew 'Orphan Works' Rule in UK Makes Millions of Creative Works Available for Public Display (GigaOM) The UK government is trying a new approach to the orphan works problem that it says will make more than 91 million painting and books available to the public. *** Amazon's Impact on Publishing? It's Complicated (PW) Offering equal measures of thoughtful and contradictory commentary, aWednesday night panel called “Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?,” at the New America Foundation in New York City, gave an encompassing picture of the publishing industry’s conflicted--perhaps even tortured--responses to Amazon, and its business tactics. *** Rupert Murdoch Urges Media...

Amazon’s $99 Fire HD shines for library and public domain books—and here are a few related tips
October 30, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Thumbs up on Amazon's Fire HD 6 from Len Edgerly of the Kindle Chronicles. Amazon’s new Fire HD 6, a $99 tablet computer, might be catnip for frugal lovers of library and public domain e-books who don’t need a cell phone in the same gadget. Libraries themselves, in fact, may want to loan out HDs and other Amazon models while experimenting with other brands, too. The six-inch screen’s resolution is 1280x800, and the pixel count is 252 per inch. That’s equal to many cell phones selling for twice as much. 252 ppi is just 48 ppi shy of the 300-ppi of the Voyage, the new top-of-the-line E Ink reader from Amazon. The HD 6’s screen should also...

Markets, not publishers, rein in Amazon
October 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

fire phoneAs the endless shrill campaign by Hachette and its self-interested author allies against Amazon's pricing terms drags on, to no apparent good purpose, it looks like the Bezos Behemoth has at last met its match - but not in the shape of Authors United. Rather, the financial markets and business commentators appear to be running out of patience with Amazon's policy of endlessly reinvesting profits for expansion instead of returning money to shareholders and investors. Amazon reported a third quarter net loss of $437 million, more than ten times the loss for the same period a year ago. And in particular, it...

Weekend Links: Lawsuit against Harlequin confirmed as class action. Amazon stock plunges
October 26, 2014 | 10:23 am

harlequinWhich Authors Have Quit Writing Who You Wish Would Return? (Book Riot) As a reader I often view authors as writing until they die, their fingers curled over their keyboard or the pen still clutched in the hand. But even if they don’t formally announce their retirement as Spencer did, many authors do stop writing. ** Author Lawsuit Against Harlequin Certified as Class Action (The Digital Reader) Originally filed in July 2012, Keiler et al v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited et al was brought by a group of authors who allege that Harlequin had cheated them out of their royalties. *** Amazon Stock Plunges as Record Loss...

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...