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Hugh Howey explodes your view of publishing with author earnings report
February 12, 2014 | 9:25 am

Author and self-publishing savant Hugh Howey has just released via the AuthorEarnings website his new report on ... well ... author earnings, which moves data capture and overall insight into author sales figures and receipts in the digitally disrupted world of modern publishing up several leagues. As Howey describes it, "I received an email from an author with advanced coding skills who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize....

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2
December 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

AmazonThis article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too". As its title may suggest, it's not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that article. And as a busy journalist with little time and fewer ideas, it saves me the strain of finding a fresh topic. So here we go. [caption id="attachment_92721" align="alignright" width="300"] The Three Minute Hate begins now[/caption] First, kindly read that title closely. It says "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon." It...

Publishers, Barnes & Noble advised on how to save themselves…but will it work?
July 13, 2013 | 1:10 pm

Fullscreen capture 7132013 113518 AM.bmp "Vaporize him!" It’s really easy to give advice, especially when you’re not the one who has anything at stake. I know that as well as anybody. And in turbulent times, there seems to be plenty of advice flying around. That being said, on the heels...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon and Publishers Misses the Mark
February 21, 2013 | 12:52 pm

According to the Huffington Post, three independent bookstores are filing a class action suit against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishers. Alyson Decker of Blecher & Collins PC, lead counsel acting for the bookstores, described DRM as "a problem that affects many independent bookstores." She said the complaint is still in the process of being served to Amazon and the publishers, and declined to state how it came about, or whether other bookstores had been approached to be party to the suit. "We are seeking relief for independent brick-and-mortar bookstores so that they would be able to sell open-source and DRM-free books that...

A Big Six publisher officially grants ownership of its e-books to libraries
October 18, 2012 | 9:18 pm

Hear that? That's the collective sound of a thousand publishing industry jaws hitting the floor. In a Library Journal item posted today, reporter Michael Kelley writes that Random House—one of the so-called Big Six publishers, don't forget—has made a rather stunning proclamation in regards to their sales of e-books to libraries. The following quotes are the words of Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, who participated in two recent interviews with Kelly: "When libraries buy their RH, Inc. ebooks from authorized library wholesalers," says  Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, "it is...