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Amazon asks Kindle Direct authors and readers to lobby Hachette in contract negotiation
August 9, 2014 | 3:37 am

Amazon’s PR push in the Hachette negotiation seems to have moved beyond simply posting announcements to forums. I just had a rather lengthy email show up in my inbox from “Kindle Direct Publishing,” which begins with the salutation “Dear KDP Author.” I’m not sure if I received it because I created a KDP account at some point while looking into it, or as a member of the press. Either way, I’m reproducing the letter here in full. The letter essentially expands upon Amazon’s recent forum post about the situation, laying out Amazon’s belief that Hachette wants to charge too...

Rich boys club buys space to say Amazon is bad
August 8, 2014 | 4:25 pm

The open letter against Amazon from Authors United, the group steered by founding author Douglas Preston, seems to be getting a lot of column inches. And just to make sure, Authors United is buying its own. That is, a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the New York Times to get the message across. Yes, authors are paying publishers (in this case, a newspaper publisher) to print their words - but no one seems to be crying "vanity press" this time round. (Well, maybe "vanity," but of that, see more below...) Evidently the grating irony of authors - those proverbial...

Hachette tried to toss indies out with the trash in Perseus distro deal
August 8, 2014 | 10:25 am

Perseus GroupNick Mamatas was kind enough to tip me off to a fascinating writeup by Dennis Johnson, co-founder of Brooklyn indie publishing stalwart Melville House, on a story that knocks another hole in Hachette's credibility as the self-styled defender of cultural and literary values against the encroachment of Amazon. As Johnson tells it, Hachette Book Group's just-collapsed deal to buy Perseus Books Group, long owned by private equity fund (not hedge fund as Johnson describes it) Perseus LLC, would have involved jettisoning the cluster of often highly-regarded indie publishers that it aimed to sell with the acquisition's distribution business, to U.S. distributor...

Hachette fails to bulk up against Amazon as Perseus deal collapses
August 8, 2014 | 10:00 am

Oops, Hachette. You just left an awful lot of journos with egg on their faces. All those columnists who wrote up long articles on how your purchase of Perseus Books Group was going to underpin your offensive against Amazon are now having to rewind and, at best, write laments on how you've been left defenseless to carry on your crusade against the Bezos dragon. The Wall Street Journal gets that dig in in the second para of its coverage. Yes, you said, "despite great effort from all three parties, we could not reach agreement on all of the issues necessary to close...

Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?
August 7, 2014 | 6:31 pm

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the report, "book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores through Google Shopping Express." Barnes & Noble is already up on the icon panel of Google Shopping Express partners. With the Amazon/Hachette spat still unresolved, the NYT unsurprisingly chooses to put an anti-Amazon spin on this news, claiming that "Amazon poses a...

Morning Roundup: Manga buzz at Comic Com. Apple content delivery system is live
August 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

mangaManga Buzz is Strong at Comic-Con 2014 (PW) Once again, pop culture fandom congregated en masse at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International 2014, including plenty of fans looking for manga and anime. *** Hachette Bends But Doesn’t Break in Face of Amazon ‘Punitive Action’ (Digital Book World) In its first half numbers, which came out today, French media conglomerate Hachette Livre reported that Hachette Books Group, its U.S. division, generated 5.6% more revenue in the first half of 2014 than it did in the prior year. This, the report stated, despite a drop in ebook sales “reflecting market trend, fewer movie...

Morning Roundup: Preston speaks again. Macmillan makes front-list available to libraries
July 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

MacmillanAnything with an RFID Chip in it Will Have to Carry this Logo in Europe (GigaOM) The logo is designed to make it clear to consumers when the goods they’re carrying contain an RFID smart chip, and to bring retailers and healthcare and banking companies out of a legal “gray zone” when it comes to data protection. *** 7 'Bookish' Things You Missed at San Diego Comic Con (Book Riot) If, like me, you had to live the San Diego Comic-Con experience vicariously through Twitter and YouTube, here’s a quick run-down of the bookish stuff you missed. *** Douglas Preston: on Amazon, Hachette and Indie Authors...

Amazon says it would be content with 30% of revenue if Hachette e-books were $9.99
July 29, 2014 | 8:42 pm

Amazon has posted another update to its Kindle user forum, dispensing more information about the nature of the dispute between itself and Hachette. In fact, this is pretty much the clearest statement of what the actual argument covers that we have yet seen from either side, including those Hachette leakers. (And, interestingly enough, it doesn’t actually agree with some of the content of those leaks! Imagine that?) I haven’t looked for any reactions yet, but I predict the same howls of outrage we got with Amazon’s last such announcement in May, from Hachette partisans complaining that Amazon didn’t have...

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. (The storyline then continues here.) 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...