New Distribution Partnership And Joint Venture Between Macmillan, St. Martin’s Press, And Entangled – World News Report – Entangled has partnered with Macmillan to distribute Entangled’s books “in all domestic and international markets and for all platforms where Macmillan currently does business.” It is unstated whether this new distribution deal will represent an increase in prices. Part of Entangled’s success has been the low cost of its books, generally $2.99 and under.
Entangled has been able to price their books in that fashion because it publishes through PubIt! and Kindle Direct whereby they achieve 70% of their sale price. Under Macmillan, the deals cut with retailers may be quite different. In a separate agreement, St. Martin’s Press will launch a new joint venture imprint known as St. Martin’s/Entangled which will bring into print and publish a select number of Entangled’s digital first titles. No word from the press release as to how the books will be picked to be published in the joint venture. The successful books from Entangled appear to be those from the Brazen line, Jennifer Armentrout’s YA titles, and Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain (which is the property of Simon & Schuster). Press Release
Shop for ebooks at the grocery store, with new txtr/ReaderLink partnership – Txtr and ReaderLink (formerly known as Levy Home Entertainment) have partnered to provide a way to sell ebooks through grocery stores, warehouse clubs and convenience stores. The details of how this will be done (through cards or kiosks) isn’t clear but the goal is to bring digital bookstore conveniences to these well trod retail shopping centers. Txtr also hints at bundling or other “crossover opportunities.” I wasn’t a fan of the txtr app when it was first launched. It’s interface was clunky and the look and feel wasn’t very smooth. Maybe it is time to revisit. paidContent
Awesome Song Promotes Local Bookstores, Not Amazon – A song by booksellers Molly and Colin from Common Good Books in St. Paul Minnesota is floating around the book world as something that should be used to promote indie bookstores. The song is cute and the singers are good but it is possibly the worst promotion of indie bookstores out there. In the song they recognize that the prices might be higher at indies and the selections might be lower, but you should buy from them “Because, just because.” How is that a compelling slogan?
The commenters to the Huffington Post article are indicative of why the local bookstore is struggling. One of them says that they buy local … at the Half Price Bookstore. Another says that their local bookstore doesn’t sell urban fiction books so she has to buy at Amazon and B&N. Two others proclaim their love for the Nook and Kindle. Yet another commenter says that she’ll save her money for the local coffeehouse. Definitely not the responses hoping to be engendered by the cute “pro indies” song. Huffington Post
Get Ready To Hear The Term ‘iPhone mini’ A Lot More In 2013 – I’m constantly reading rumors about upcoming devices, but I thought this was particularly well reasoned. Because of the limited product line, the increased success of Android devices, and Apple’s desire to conquer the world, a smaller iPhone may be in the works for 2013. In total, Strategy Analytics expects that by year’s end, Android will hold 33 percent of the global smartphone market. Apple’s share is expected to hit 21 percent. AppAdvice