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“As anyone in publishing can tell you, the Big 5 publishers release most of their Fall titles in a tight window starting in late September and stretching to early December. That’s a huge influx of content from popular and best-selling authors, and it’s pretty obvious that the major ebookstores are going to push the hot new releases. So of course indie authors might see a noticeable drop in sales  as readers spend their limited budget on more expensive ebooks.” The Digital Reader

“After the hearing, Texas state attorney Rebecca Fisher told PW that consumer refunds could now be issued, but not in time for the Christmas holiday season. It will take 30 days for Cotes final judgment to take effect, Fisher said, meaning that refunds will not hit consumer accounts until early 2014 at the earliest. After that, it will likely take another 15-30 days for the various retailers to disburse the settlement funds to consumers, possibly longer. At the hearing, Cote also approved the payment of legal fees.”

A bit about Kohn’s argument: he’s not claiming that publishers were innocent of price-fixing; rather, he argued that price fixing was not per se illegal in these circumstances, because “it was undertaken to address ‘inefficiencies’ in the market,” most notably Amazon’s pricing. Kohn’s argument directly contradicted Apple’s own defense, resting on an assertion that the price-fixing was “pro-competitive.” Oops, I probably should have warned you not to read that while you were drinking your morning coffee. Sorry. Publishers Weekly

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  1. Darlynne
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:02:58

    After reading the indie publishing article, I can tell you what happened in September. For a brief, shining moment, Kobo offered multi-use discount coupons that could be applied to agency-priced books and I, personally, went a little nuts. It was glorious and giddy and then everyone except me came to their senses. At the same time, Amazon dropped their Big 5 pricing almost across the board.

    So, yes, a repeat could have a long-term impact on indie sales, and yet places like DA, SBTB and others are still going to recommend and trumpet good indie books. My digital library overflows with such titles.

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  2. LauraB
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:05:43

    So how will they get the refunds out? Check? How will they notify us?

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  3. Evangeline
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:40:48

    I wouldn’t clutch pearls over the indie sales article just yet. What I get from it is that it’s imperative carve a strong, recognizable niche in the self-pub market–especially if you aren’t writing in a super popular genre (like New Adult contemporary romance). If readers have the choice of snagging inexpensive new releases by top names or titles slickly promoted by publishers vs indie authors who are offering the same thing, the latter are going to get lost in the shuffle. Now is the time to push boundaries and not slavishly follow what’s selling in NY.

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