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James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself
August 26, 2014 | 9:15 pm

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were good for everyone. We’ve already discussed Miller’s biases in some of the links above, but the most interesting thing has to do with her understanding (or lack thereof) of the Orwell quotation. Miller writes: To top it all off this month, the retailer posted an open...

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette
June 19, 2014 | 12:28 pm

publishersI meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine this morning, so I guess I have no excuse now. In this article, J.E. Fishman traces authorial woes all the way back to the 1930s when Penguin began to flood the market with cheap paperbacks. This kicked off a paperback revolution among US publishers. Through all of this disruption no one asked authors what they thought. When it came to business, authors were...

The Nine Billion Names of Bezos
June 12, 2014 | 2:45 am

Remember how I pointed out Salon’s Amazon hit pieces were getting sillier and sillier, and the next one would be on the order of “Amazon’s Mama Dresses It Funny”? Well, Salon’s just posted a piece on all the different epithets (positive and negative) the media has conferred on Jeff Bezos over the years. Some of them are pretty amusing, I’ll grant, but still—I was just kidding, guys, you didn’t have to take me seriously....

Salon Magazine to Amazon: ‘Your mama dresses you funny!’
May 30, 2014 | 4:46 pm

Well, all right, that’s not a literal quote, but it might as well be. Salon has never made any pretense of its anti-Amazon leanings (as we saw recently with Laura Miller’s piece claiming she was swearing off Amazon), but lately it seems to have gone a little round the bend. Over the last couple of days, it’s started coming up with whatever Amazon hit pieces it possibly could. I’m talking serious scraping of the bottom of the barrel here. For starters we have this article by Neil Drumming. He went back to various literary nonprofits Salon had profiled a...

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead
May 23, 2014 | 12:44 pm

compete with amazonSalon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece "Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!" and adds, "I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?" "I used to be an Amazon Prime member myself," she admits, but continues, "I stopped buying any books, print or digital, from the company. What I knew of the predatory, proto-monopolistic practices of Amazon caused concern. I believe no single corporation should have as much control over the book...

Self-promotion tip of the day: Bitch up Amazon on Salon
March 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

Yes, why throw money at Author Solutions packages? Even when "I have a major publisher and a buzzed-about debut," I can maybe do with a little extra push, eh? Even if I is Stephan Eirik Clark, whose novel "Sweetness #9" will be published by Little, Brown in August. All I have to do is go to those nice people at Salon and pen a little piece protesting that "Amazon buried my novel: Those search algorithms are for sale," and they'll even pay me for it. I mean, some writers these days get asked to write for free or to pay...

Self-publishing author Ted Heller doesn’t like the process. That may be because he’s doing it wrong.
May 16, 2013 | 11:23 am

Self-publishing is not for everyone. It’s not for the impatient. It’s not for those dreaming of great successes. Self-publishing is one of the hardest gigs to get into—that has been proven by hundreds (if not thousands) of authors who have self-published books. That’s not to say you cannot have great success, or even quick success, if you self-publish. It just won’t happen for most. Ted Heller recently wrote an article for Salon complaining about his own self-publishing experience. Heller had three previous books published the traditional way. When his latest book West of Babylon, didn’t get a bite, he decided to go the self-publishing...

James Patterson and His Publishing Bailout Non-Plan
April 29, 2013 | 1:55 pm

James PattersonI know I'm coming a bit late to this party, but I was out of town while everyone was discussing James Patterson's ad. And I'm kind of glad I was. It gave me time to digest what other people were saying and form my own opinions. I wasn't in favor of the government bailout of the automobile and banking industry, for exactly this reason. We set a precedent. Now people can say, "Well you bailed them out; what about us?" Which is exactly what Patterson alluded to in his ad. That genie's out of the bottle. We're going to see lots more...