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In taking sides in Amazon/Hachette dispute, John Scalzi tells readers to do as he says, not as he does
July 4, 2014 | 3:48 am

John Scalzi has written a blog post noting that publishing “is not a football game” and people shouldn’t be rushing to take sides. Like many of Scalzi’s posts, it seems superficially reasonable. Scalzi’s point seems to be that business is business, and big companies aren’t your friend or your enemy—they do what big companies do, which is whatever is best for them. Their interests might align with yours, or not. That doesn’t mean they like you or hate you. (Though he does make clear he thinks “what Amazon’s doing to US Hachette authors at the moment well and truly sucks.”)...

SFWA endorses Douglas Preston’s open letter without consulting its membership
July 4, 2014 | 2:43 am

Two “open letters” came out yesterday, one berating Amazon and another praising it. Now it turns out that SFWA has emailed its membership endorsing one of those letters, and it should be pretty easy to guess which one. Author Don Sakers has posted an essay to his blog complaining that the SFWA has endorsed Douglas Preston’s letter. Sakers, an independent author who makes most of his sales through Amazon, is annoyed that SFWA’s leadership did not make any attempt to consult or discuss the matter with its members before acting, and points out that this comes only a...

Are Amazon editors really that independent?
July 3, 2014 | 4:25 pm

As Amazon finally steps up its own defense in the ongoing spat with Hachette to the tune of well-orchestrated background noise, one of the odder appearances to come out is a piece in Digital Book World declaring "Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray." States the article, "Editors at Amazon who make decisions about the retailer’s 'best books' and featured picks work independently of the team negotiating with publisher Hachette over a new agreement between the firms." It then goes on to cite Amazon's "two lists of featured books meant to entice readers to buy," the Amazon’s Best Books of 2014 (So...

Really twisted logic here
July 3, 2014 | 1:00 pm

confused_guyAs I'm sure many are doing, I was contemplating the coverage of the whole Amazon/Hachette thing, and I think I twisted myself up with the logic of certain people writing about the issues. Walk through this with me and see if it tracks. Authors such as Douglas Preston are publishing or signing open letters complaining that Amazon is "Refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette’s authors’ books." It seems a reasonable assumption that the Amazon/Hachette disagreement has something to do with Hachette wanting a return to agency pricing. The assumption is supported by the recent move by Macmillan and S&S filing a...

Hugh Howey launches Change.org petition letter thanking readers for their support
July 3, 2014 | 11:49 am

You know that open letter I mentioned Douglas Preston circulating? Self-published author Hugh Howey has just launched one of his own, as a Change.org petition from self-publishing writers, thanking readers for their support, explaining self-published authors’ side of the Amazon/Hachette feud, and asking them not to boycott Amazon. It’s a remarkably clever idea, and already has over 500 signatures. The letter, and signatures below it, are replete with endorsements from authors explaining that Amazon has made it possible for them to earn a living, or (in my case), expect to earn a living at some point, from self-publishing their...

Morning Roundup: World Book Night closing, A year without Google Reader; Has anything changed?
July 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

world book nightIt's Been a Year and a Day Since the Google Reader Shutdown, Has Anything Changed? (The Digital Reader) I for one am still reading RSS feeds in much the same way I did the day before Google announced the Readerpocalypse, but while I have stood still the industry as a whole has changed. *** Author to Chobani: I Own the Word 'How' (Techdirt) It's amazing what fun we can have when we really get a culture of permission going. *** World Book Night is Closing Down (GalleyCat) World Book Night is shutting down after three years of distributing free books across the country. The volunteer-run organization is...

Douglas Preston decries Amazon tactics against Hachette authors (Updated)
July 3, 2014 | 4:25 am

Well, he’s at it again. Long-time TeleRead readers might remember Douglas Preston as the author who complained about readers’ “sense of entitlement” for wanting cheap e-books, only to backpedal rather hastily when the complaint sparked a reader backlash. Yesterday, Jeffrey Trachtenberg reported in the Wall Street Journal that Preston has been circulating an open letter among various authors complaining that Amazon has been unfairly targeting Hachette authors in its recent contract negotiations with their publisher. He has reportedly received support from a number of big names (including, predictably, James Patterson) and will be posting the letter to his...

There are no good guys in the Amazon/Big Publisher battle
June 26, 2014 | 12:14 pm

amazon is not a white knightIt's human nature to want to find good guys in just about any conflict, and most of the coverage about Amazon and Hachette just reinforces that. Hachette authors have been yelling that Amazon is the bad guy, and their assumption is that Hachette has been looking out for their best interests. As a recent comment from David Gaughran on a post on The Digital Reader demonstrates, that's not necessarily the case. He posits several scenarios stemming from recent Hachette leaks and shows how they might be interpreted, and not in Hachette's favor. The flip side, of course, is people calling Amazon the...

Morning Roundup: Hachette to acquire Perseus Group, More on libraries
June 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

Perseus GroupWhat's Next for eBooks in Libraries? (Publishers Weekly) Here’s the good news: when it comes to libraries and e-books, there’s been progress. All the major publishers are now participating in the library e-book market, and there are a number of competing platform providers in the space. The big question now is, can the library e-book experience meet users’ expectations? *** Hachette to Acquire Perseus Group, Will Split it with Ingram (The Digital Reader) Hachette has announced Tuesday night that they are acquiring Perseus Book Group. *** Amazon Responds to German Anti-Trust Complaint, Says it Wants a Larger Commission on eBooks (GigaOM) Amazon responded to the German Publishers...

Amazon wants co-op payments, and also concessions in the UK
June 24, 2014 | 4:02 am

So, thanks to a leak, we’ve finally found out what the Amazon/Hachette spat is over. The New York Times reported a couple of days ago that an anonymous source within Hachette says that Amazon wants to extract extra fees for a number of services, including the pre-order button, placement in personalized recommendations, and so on. It looks kind of skeevy at first glance, but it’s really the same kind of “co-op” promotional payment Barnes & Noble extracts for prominent placement of books in its stores. You know how you sometimes see displays dedicated to a single book. or...

Weekend Roundup: Amazon wants bigger co-op fees from Hachette. Going paperless with iOS
June 22, 2014 | 11:55 am

amazonA New Leak Reveals that Amazon Wants Increased Co-op Fees from Hachette (The Digital Reader) New details concerning the ongoing Amazon-Hachette contract dispute were leaked yesterday in the NY Times. *** Amazon's Phone is its Biggest Recent Misstep (Dear Author) There are shopping apps, reading apps, music apps, and video apps for every platform because Amazon wants to be everything to everyone everywhere. It makes perfect sense that Amazon would want a phone. *** How to go Completely Paperless with iOS (GigaOM) It still takes a little effort to go completely paperless; with names like iPad and tablet, the devices we use still pay homage to a...

Morning Roundup: Bezos talks Fire Phone, Publishers jailed in support of prison books
June 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneBezos: Amazon Fire Phone Was a Long Time Coming (re/code) Going to dump your iPhone for this? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has made a long-term bet that you will. The retailer’s new Fire phone is the culmination of four years of development that tie together original ideas Amazon hopes will change the way you shop on your phone and off. *** Publishers jailed overnight in campaign for prisoners' right to read (The Guardian) There's more than one sort of porridge, as any lag would tell you. Profile Books publisher Andrew Franklin opted for the lumpier kind when he volunteered to spend a night in the...