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Stampede.It is the first group coupon service for ebooks. Groupon and other group coupon sites (like Living Social) offer large percentages off of products if a certain number of people agree to participate in the deal. Stampede.It brings in a new wrinkle by having tiered pricing agreements with the price decreasing with increased participation:
$1.50 if just 20 people purchase the deal
$1 when 50 people purchase the deal
$0.75 when 100 people purchase the deal
Simone & Schuster participated in a Groupon a while back causing indie booksellers to be upset. I’ve seen HarperCollins and maybe Random House (can’t recall exactly) put up their books at discounts through sites like GiltGroupe and Ideeli.
Of course, if it is an ebook deal, then it probably excludes the Agency 6 publishers.
Rankings, in part, are what some authors are relying upon to measure whether their ebook sales are being reported accurately on their royalty statements. This has led me to wonder about the validity of the rankings by retail businesses and how that is affecting sales.
Getting in the top 100 list on either Barnes & Noble or Kindle can mean a great deal for authors. Amazon has a mix of self published and traditional published titles, but curiously almost no erotic romance. Bella Andre, for example, is earning $116K per quarter yet her highest Kindle ranking is in the 4,000s.
Over at Barnes and Noble, however, the list seems every more, um, non organic. Of the 100 titles, only 7 of them are under $5.00 and none are priced under $4.00. It does not appear that there are any PubIt! titles on the list (although I may have missed one or two. None of the below $4.47 or up titles were self published).
Once you get past the 125 book mark on the BN top list, you start seeing a slew of $.99 books.
Emails to BN and Amazon regarding their lists have been unanswered thus far.
Pottermore is the hot new site around. All that is known about it is that it is related to Harry Potter and brought to you by JKRowling’s empire. PaidContent got a hold of some alleged Pottermore screenshots which suggest that there might be an online store that will be selling ebooks. HP ebooks direct from Rowling?
Rowling has been notorious for not allowing the HP books to be digitized. Yet, she was quoted as saying, “However, there are times when e-books are a Godsend.” We’ll all know in a week.
Over in the UK, Avon signed an exclusive deal with a grocery store chain to sell three titles:
Trisha Ashley’s novel Sowing Secrets and Beverly Barton’s Amnesia will sell exclusively in Sainsbury’s physical and online stores from July and The Perfect Christmas by Georgie Carter will be available from September. All three books are published by Avon, a division of HarperCollins, which credits the supermarket with a “clearly defined focus on sourcing great seasonal products for their customers”.
This would be similar to Avon signing a deal with Wal-mart so that you had to go to Walmart or Walmart.com to buy a book. My eyebrows are raised.
Writerspace.com was hacked and a list of its members, their emails and passwords were released on the internet. If you haven’t changed your password, do so immediately. Also, people, do not use the word “password” as your password. Apparently writerspace stored their emails in a plain text file versus an encrypted file (kind of like Sony). WordPress stores passwords as an MD5 hash, in case you were wondering about what is going on here at DA.