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Weekly Tech Link RoundUp

Mills and Boon sells 10,000 ebooks in May. MB is excited about this news, but given that it sells 200m books each year, it seems that 10,000 per month is fairly low.

Department of Justice formally announces its investigation into whether Google is in violation of the Sherman Act with its Google Book Settlement Agreement negotiated with AAP and Authors’ Guild.

Hachette announces that it will enable Text To Speech for all its books by default and will disable it at the authors’ request. I like this. It places the onus and the bad publicity at the feet of the authors who choose to restrict access to their books.

Borders UK launched its own ebook reader produced by Elonex.   It will cost    £189.   The reader wil view epub DRM’ed ebooks.

Amazon is expanding its trade in program which allows consumers to send in products such as DVDs and games for Amazon Gift Cards.   Will the future see trade ins of books as well or even other consumer goods?

The Bookseller posts an article suggesting that agents are too stingy with digital rights.   I tend to think that the failure of ebooks to catch on has more to do with a) the price point of a dedicated ebook reader b) failed digital strategies including inability to release ebooks timely and the outlandish prices.   If you didn’t know, EOS is demanindingreaders pay $14.99 for digital copies of its books that are out in paperback form. It’s enough to want to boycott purchasing any EOS books.   (It also shows how pricing varies wildly from imprint to imprint within one house.   Avon experimented with premium pricing for a short time but reduced the price of digital books to be comparable with print versions.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. kirsten saell
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 18:30:29

    I can’t tell you how pleased I am by Hatchette’s decision on TTS. I can’t imagine there will be many authors opting to disable, either. Authors and publishers probably stand to make more money in the long run if vision-impaired people have free access to TTS on ebooks than they will if they insist everyone fork out for audiobooks (when they’re available). They look less mean and petty, too. Totally the right thing to do.

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