Tuesday News: B&N still fighting with Simon & Schuster; DeBeer’s mind control over society; and authors caught in the middle
Alas, according to the Wall Street Journal and the NYTimes, the S&S dispute is still ongoing. According to sources this means that numbers have been effectively cut back even on the big titles and that other, smaller authors might be skipped over entirely. This is, to frame it slightly differently essentially the same thing as Amazon removing the buy button. NYTimes.com
Well, I’m an S&S writer (and not a big name or a bestseller)…so I looked last night (it took me a day to work up my courage) at B&N online, to see how many B&Ns were stocking the paperback of Renegade Magic (which came out this month). For context, about half the B&Ns in the country, from what I could tell last year, stocked the paperback of Kat, Incorrigible and the hardcover of Renegade Magic. I think it might be normal to expect those numbers to go down a bit this time round, but I was hoping that at least 1/4 of the B&Ns I looked at would stock Renegade Magic. Instead, I found…zero. Absolutely zero B&Ns, in any of the zipcode areas I looked up (and I looked up a LOT) were carrying the paperback of Renegade Magic – even stores that had always carried high stocks of the Kat, Incorrigible paperback and the Renegade Magic hardcover. Stolen Magic comes out in hardcover one week from tomorrow… My publisher will move on from this. So will B&N. But my book may have slipped through the cracks by then.
But here’s the thing – this obligation only exists because the company that stands to profit from it willed it into existence. So here is a modest proposal: Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon, but it’s time to end the nonsense. .. Diamonds, however, are not an investment. The market for them is neither liquid nor are they fungible. The first test of a liquid market is whether you can resell a diamond. In a famous piece published by The Atlantic in 1982, Edward Epstein explains why you can’t sell used diamonds for anything but a pittance: Priceonomics