Dec 22 2009
Candace Sams continues her notoriety tour by making the Guardian blog. “When Authors Attack” is the headline. Sams has since deleted her posts, but we do have screenshots for posterity sake. If you haven’t had your fill of Amazon review craziness, check out the review thread for this book that was published in all CAPLOCKS. Seriously.
The first of Harlequin’s Blogger Bundles are available. Dear Author compiled a group of books as did Wendy, the Superlibrarian. (Where is Volume II??) Keishon spotted them at Fictionwise with some significant micropay discounting. Jessica has some thoughts about her own bundles as does Keira Soleore.
I’m going to give away a copy of each bundle to 5 readers. These are digital copies and will be sent through Fictionwise. Leave a comment about the blogger bundle you would like to see.
In a super annoying website, LibreDigital has the top 10 things you should know about ebooks. Romance is the genre most often browsed online and Forrester Research predicts ebook sales in excess of $500 million in 2010.
Peter Ginna of Bloomsbury Press makes the case for publishers or maybe it’s just publishing in general.
The book business looks from one perspective like publishers “buy” content from authors and then resell it. But from another perspective, we’re providing a service€”enabling the author to reach readers (and collect money for his content). Around Bloomsbury we sometimes say “the author is our customer.” In a sense we are selling the services of editing, design, printing, marketing, distribution and so on. Could a group of authors do the same things themselves? Yes. Of course, then in effect they’d become–publishers. An authors’ co-op might produce more money for writers than a conventional publishing contract, but I don’t know if it would make either writing or publishing radically more lucrative.
Christian Science Monitor has an interview with a Toronto student who has a school issued Sony Touch. Let’s just say he’s not going back to paper.
Amazon has had a great year in profits despite a down economy and it has publishers engaging in bad publicity (you can’t have books you want until we are ready to give them to you) in an effort to tamp down Amazon’s competitive advantage. In an interview with Bezos, he is asked about the key to Amazon’s success. Bezos points to the fact that Amazon exists to serve its customers:
LYONS: Amazon started off as a retailer. Now you’re also selling computing services, and you’re in the consumer-electronics business with the Kindle. How do you define what Amazon is today?
BEZOS: We start with the customer and we work backward. We learn whatever skills we need to service the customer. We build whatever technology we need to service the customer.
Also? For every book that has a Kindle version, Amazon is selling nearly half in Kindle and half in print.
Elise Blackwell writes a thought provoking piece on curation and the future of curation and filtering in the new media age.
So my question is this: can we support a diversification of quality literary gatekeepers, distributors, and venues so that more of us will write books that reflect our freedom, rather than books we think we can get published and legitimized by a few editors who must answer to their marketing departments? How will such books find their readers?
I’m rabidly anti DRM because I think it hampers ebook adoption and cripples consumer choice. Eric Hellman argues that if you can make DRM provide value to the reader, the reader will gladly accept it. I would buy into that theory.