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Monday News: Amazon publishing acknowledges that its authors should expect to sell within Amazon’s closed corridors; Author calls ebook returners ‘jerks’; Smashwords offer cloud storage for ebook purchases

Monday News: Amazon publishing acknowledges that its authors should expect to...

The Marvin iOS App and the Aldiko App for Android offer nice Dropbox integration. Many readers already do this by downloading to a sub-folder that is part of their dropbox account or, like me, use Calibre. For me, Calibre library is stored in a Dropbox Subfolder but for others, this simple integration may be more useful. Smashwords

This author calls the person who returns a “jerk.” Given that I return books, I guess that makes me a jerk too. I think what this author doesn’t realize is that a lot of times, readers buy and then don’t actually get to the book until days, maybe even weeks later. Are there abusers of the system? No doubt, but I don’t think that it’s as high as authors conclude.

I suspect how long the return period should be and whether they should be allowed at all is largely dependent on whether you sit on the reader or author side of the fence. Paste Magazine

“Durham said that while Amazon wants to make its books available to anyone who wants to carry them, “our business model doesn’t depend on distribution outside of Amazon.” She acknowledged that limited sales through retailers mean Amazon needs to provide authors with “a great publishing experience,” noting, “If we were not able to do that, then we’re not going to be the best publisher fit for them.”” Publishers Weekly

The cream is what gave cheese its color and to make up for this, farmers began coloring the cheese in order for it to look more robust. Now, we’ve become more accustomed to non yellow cheese and Kraft announced that artificial dyes would be abandoned in its cheesy products. The Salt : NPR

Thursday News: The changing marketplace for goods is eliminating the line separating brick and mortar and online stores

Thursday News: The changing marketplace for goods is eliminating the line...

First, tomorrow is our Book Club discussion of The Last Hour of Gann by R Lee Smith. I asked the author some hard questions and she took them on. I think it was one of the more interesting and provoking author interviews partly because I’m a pretty inept interviewer but mostly because Ms. Smith really gave us some no holds barred answers. Hope you join us.


I liked this book and so did Kati so I agreed to post the new cover for Lick by Kylie Scott. I think the cover reveal was supposed to be yesterday but there are all these rules (time to post etc) so today’s the day at Dear Author! This will be Momentum’s first international publication and will be in stores May 2014.

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Local retailers without a large presence are feeling this so keenly they are taking punitive action. Target, for example, is threatening to blacklist vendors (and I’ve heard that they are becoming to publishers what Walmart was in the 90s). For smaller retailers, the recommendation is to hook yourself to a distributor like eBay that is presenting same day delivery or move into products that render themselves to in person shopping. Knowledge@Wharton