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Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?
July 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneWe Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we must occasionally say these holy grumbles and offer a bow, lest the god be offended. And then we carry on. *** Man Booker Prize- Disappointing and Disappearing (Digital Book World) My guess will be the apathy for the list will pass over to the customer and we’ll see some...

Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing
July 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

author harry bingham[caption id="attachment_116356" align="alignright" width="210"] Author Harry Bingham[/caption] Harry Bingham reached out to me last week with a link to an article he published on his blog about the Amazon/Hachette situation. I was intrigued by his point of view and his intentions to become a hybrid author. He kindly agreed to an interview to expand on his views. His candor and openness impressed me, and I hope you feel the same. TeleRead: You've been a traditionally published author for fifteen years or so and yet you’re embarking now on the process of becoming a true hybrid author: that is, one with books that...

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM
July 23, 2014 | 11:20 am

drm-rollIf you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but Hachette in the UK, and Tor went DRM-free two years ago, this means the US edition of their book would be DRM-free. Hachette didn’t like that, and wanted authors to insist that Tor put DRM on that edition to protect the sales of their UK edition. The letter was actually posted...

Hachette Australia to commemorate Matt Richell by supporting local authors
July 15, 2014 | 6:24 pm

Hachette Australia is to set up a scholarship or foundation to support local writers in honor of its former CEO, Matt Richell, deceased recently in a surfing accident. Hachette group CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson was quoted in Australia's Books and Publishing magazine as saying: "‘We plan to work with [Richell’s wife] Hannah to establish a scholarship or foundation to honour Matt’s memory for decades into the future." Richell's wife, writer Hannah Richell, spoke on his legacy at a memorial ceremony in Sydney, attended by some 200 literary and publishing figures, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. Author Maxine Beneba Clarke...

Authors Guild shares message against Amazon offer from diehard critic Richard Russo
July 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

America's Authors Guild has just shared an open letter from its current co-Vice President, novelist Richard Russo, coming out against Amazon's offer of 100 percent ebook royalties to Hachette authors while the Amazon/Hachette dispute continues. The letter attracted a prompt response from Amazon, who wrote as follows (here courtesy of Publishers Weekly): Our offer is sincere and it stands—Hachette need only say yes to help their authors. We also wonder what this letter would look like if Hachette had posed this idea and Amazon had rejected it. The letter conflates the long-term structure of the industry with a short-term proposal designed...

The Sick Man of Europe’s disease gets contagious
July 10, 2014 | 2:36 pm

Screenshot_2014-07-09-19-16-21U.S. journalist Pamela Druckerman has outlined in the New York Times her sympathy for the anti-Amazon stance of France, and the cultural policies behind it. Entitled "The French Do Buy Books. Real Books," her article lauds the French for anti-market policies designed to protect the primacy of the book and bookstores against those evil Anglo-Saxons. Fired up to hunt for real bookstores selling real books, with words and stuff, by news of French champion Hachette's travails at the hands of villainous Amazon, Druckerman counts "seven bookstores within a 10-minute walk" of her apartment. And for this she thanks France's anti-Amazon laws,...

Hachette rejects Amazon proposal to give Hachette authors 100% of e-book revenue
July 8, 2014 | 6:09 pm

In the Amazon vs. Hachette feud, the PR moves and countermoves are coming out. Laura Hazard Owen has coverage at GigaOm and the Wall Street Journal also has a piece (paywalled; google the headline to view) on a proposal Amazon has floated to Hachette authors to pay them 100% of all revenue from sales of their e-books—cutting out both its own 30% and Hachette’s 70% share—if Hachette agrees. The revenue split on paper books would be unaffected. The letter is particularly interesting in that, for the first time, Amazon is shedding some light on how the negotiations with...

Amazon-Hachette: Whose Side Are You On?
July 8, 2014 | 10:30 am

laura resnickBy Laura Resnick The non-disclosure agreement governing the current negotiations between online retail giant Amazon and publishing corporation Hachette sometimes seems about as effective as a gag order in a custody battle between Hollywood celebrities. Hachette has released multiple statements and leaks about the negotiations, including a claim that "Amazon has been demanding payments for a range of services." Amazon made a statement in May, eventually followed by an Amazon executive telling the media in July, "This discussion is all about e-book pricing." However, apart from such occasional tidbits, there's little information about the specific terms on the table. And in the absence...

Chuck Wendig fires back against Hugh Howey-led pro-Amazon petition
July 7, 2014 | 12:27 pm

Author Chuck Wendig (who? Oh, that Chuck Wendig) has posted a counterblast to the recent petition calling on Hachette to settle its dispute with Amazon and "stop fighting low prices and fair wages." And Wendig's words are already getting some airing on Publishers Lunch and elsewhere (under the headline "Hugh Howey Launches Petition Thanking Amazon; Amazon Author Wendig Responds"), so it's worth going over them to see ... what they're worth. This isn't to belittle the good points that Wendig does make about the petition and the pro-Amazon camp - there are quite a few of those. But there are quite...

Big Five publishers, it’s time for some tough love
July 6, 2014 | 4:32 pm

ToughLoveSo, Andrew Updegrove has a blog post in which he expresses concern about the future of competition in publishing. (Found via The Passive Voice.) His thesis seems to be that traditional publishers exert a competitive pressure on Amazon—Amazon can’t lower the rates it pays self-publishing writers as long as traditional publishers represent some kind of alternative. He writes: If Hatchette and the other big publishers are successful in holding off Amazon, then it’s pretty safe to assume that not much will change with the way they do business. But if Amazon wins, the traditional publishers will...

Indie authors strike back for Amazon in petition wars
July 6, 2014 | 4:07 pm

Change.jpgIn a welcome sign that the anti-Amazon camp is not having things all its own way in the battle for hearts and minds between the Bezos Behemoth and Hachette, a group of self published and independent authors have got together to launch a petition on in favor of Amazon, calling on Hachette to: "Stop fighting low prices and fair wages." As at the time of writing, it stands at 4788 signatures - 4789 as soon as I've had a chance to add mine. The petition itself, launched by "concerned readers and writers," is fairly short, and reverts to Amazon's original proposal...

Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?
July 6, 2014 | 12:55 pm

hachetteMy RSS feeds have been flooded this week with stories about the latest Amazon vs Hachette development, the letter author Douglas Preston initiated urging readers to email Jeff Bezos and tell him what they think. I have written before about this and pointed out that tons of companies limit or restrict sales for all sorts of reasons. I myself have been on the hunt for a certain lunch container ever since I heard about its release, but the Canadian reseller doesn't have it yet because the creator likes to sell it on their website exclusively first, before they offer it to...