Mar 18 2010
In France, a business has taken a great dislike to the way it was portrayed in a recent crime novelist’s book and has sued the author for defamation. I know that the laws for defamation tend to favor the alleged defamed (business) than the alleged defamer (novelist) but this case does surprise me.
For Walker, the court case has come as a shock. “I think this is serious. It means that every time you want to write a fiction you have to ask the permission of the owners or the place,” she said. “Potentially it represents a big threat to our liberty.”
She added, gloomily: “We will all have to end up writing science fiction instead.”
Apple’s contract with the publishers is making Amazon quite unhappy. Currently the Apple contract allows the publisher to set the price. Apple takes 30% but requires that no other vendor is allowed a lower price or more favorable terms. Amazon wants the same deal and wants a three year commitment or it won’t sell the paperbooks directly. Frankly given that Amazon restored direct sale capability to Macmillan after only a few days, I see this threat toward big publishers as fairly empty. Toward smaller publishers? It might be more real.
The Game Developer Choice Award Winner, Gabe Newell, shared his thoughts on DRM. He calls entertainment a service and DRM a disservice to his customers. DRM adds negative value to the product.
Barnes and Noble stock grew a tiny amount on the news that Steve Riggio, one of the co owners of Barnes and Noble, was stepping down from the CEO position and 39 year old William Lynch was being handed the reins of the largest physical retail bookselling chain in the US.
Teleread has an interview with Baen publisher who sells DRM free ebooks along with print books. Part of the reason the books are not as costly is because of the lack of DRM (signalling perhaps that DRM is a monetary choice rather than a philosophical one?). Weisskopf scoffs at the idea that one sale cannalbalizes another.
TW: I don't think any sales "cannibalize" any other sales. Does a used book sale cannibalize a new book sale? Not at all. In general, people buy the nicest version of a book they can at the time. Can a used book sale or a library loan introduce my author, my series, my brand to a new reader, who may then be enthralled, entranced, ensorcelled into buying the next new hardcover in the series (and the eARC, and the final ebook, and maybe the pb too, so she can lend it out)-’heck, yes. My goal is to make more readers for my brand. ANY sale has the potential to do that.
H/t to reader les
Scott H, aka Dr. Skippy, has created magic from the Dear Author/SBTB/Angela James survey we did for the Tools of Change conference. I’m amazed and full of gratitude. (yes, magic is hyperbole)
Amazon has released the MAC version of its Kindle Application. Now Mac users can enjoy all the freebies that the PC and iPhone/iTouch users enjoy.