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Thursday News: Amazon reaffirms it won’t touch a customer’s content; Oyster App try for 30 days; Foz Meadow responds to Penny Arcade; Ominous first lines

Thursday News: Amazon reaffirms it won’t touch a customer’s content; Oyster...

After seeing all the worried reader posts about their Kindle content, I decided to go straight to Amazon and ask for an official statement about the integrity of our purchases. Like many readers, I spend hundreds (actually thousands) of dollars at Amazon and I would not want my content to be deleted because of some purge.

Amazon kindly sent me an email back. (Unlike other retailers)

Even if a book is removed from sale from the Kindle Store, Amazon does not remove books from a customer accounts. If customers have issues accessing any titles in their account, they should contact Customer Service directly and we’d be happy to help.Thanks,SarahSarah GelmanPublic Relations/

As an aside, the reason I was pretty confident no one’s content was being deleted was that because back in 2009, Amazon erased George Orwell’s 1984 from Kindle accounts due to copyright infringement issues. There was a huge amount of anger that arose and out of it, Amazon came out and said that in the future, they would never do that again.

Bezos actually sent a letter to each Kindle user at the time and posted on the Amazon message boards and said as follows:

“This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our “solution” to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.With deep apology to our customers,Jeff BezosFounder &”

Amazon then offered to return the book or get a check for $30. So yeah, I think your Kindle content is pretty secure. However, there’s nothing wrong with making a back up.

**Want to try out Oyster for free?  The iPad App is available for a free 30 day trial period. Don’t forget your thirty day window, though. Set a tickler on your calendar.

“Here is the joke: that female nudity is a trump card, more important to men than the lives and personalities of women themselves. Here is the joke: that without female nudity, the show wouldn’t be worth watching for either of them, because ultimately, all its other positive attributes are secondary to, suborned by, the overwhelming prerogative of the male gaze.” shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

“You see the same dynamics in movies, too. Think about trailers you see in theaters. If you’re seeing a Warner Bros film, the studio might have three of the five trailers. So having a hit helps you create the next hit. If Macmillan publishes Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Jesus,” and it sells well, Macmillan can urge him to interview me about my new book [also published with Henry Holt - Macmillan] driving up sales for my book. Hits create hits. And in music? It’s very much the same. One way you see the trickle-down is in concerts. If you are the record label who owns Lady Gaga, and you have a new artist coming up, you can say, “Let’s have the artist play just before Gaga.” Now you’ve exposed the huge Gaga audience to the new artist. It’s similar to showing a trailer before a movie. The hit creates a hit. … So consumers are to blame? As consumers, we are at fault. These are the choices that we’re making. More of us want to see Iron Man III than an artsy film. So studios will make more franchise films. More sequels to sequels.”

Thursday Midday Links (and Deals!): Adult Fiction eBook Sales Nearing 30% at Hachette; Amazon Gets Potter Books in Kindle Lending Library

Thursday Midday Links (and Deals!): Adult Fiction eBook Sales Nearing 30%...


Personal Note:  Of course agents are unhappy with the decline of paper books and frankly their opposition to the settlement just confirms the DOJ’s assertion to the court that ebook prices were held unnaturally high to prevent cannibalization of print book sales and to slow ebook adoption. If you haven’t sent a statement in support but would like to, please feel free to use this form:

Personal Note:  It looks like Hachette is going to pursue some kind of agency pricing deal with Amazon. The only agency pricing deal (which isn’t even agency pricing but whatever) limits the total number of discounts that Amazon can give on a book by the amount of commission Amazon earns on the aggregate sales of the publishers’ books.

Personal Note:  This is a story I have been following but didn’t post about. Apparently Pearson Publishing (a division of Pearson which is the parent of Penguin) provides testing materials to schools. A huge uproar began after there was a strange question on an English exam about the feelings of a pineapple. The author took to his website to answer questions about the Pineapple question. You can read more about it here. More problems arose. If the problems are truly because of proofing, then obviously some internal controls need to be instituted. Education, I believe, constitutes about half of the revenue of Pearson.




  • Lavendar Vows by Colleen Gleason * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Tainted by Temptation by Katy Madison * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lord of Vengeance by Lara Adrian * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Magic In His Kiss by Shari Anton * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Surrender to A Rogue by Cara Elliott * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • For Better or Hearse by Laura Durham * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Deception by Lee Nichols * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Doomsday Key and The Last Oracle with Bonus Excerpts by James Rollins * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Dove by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Hunter by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Heart of the Flame by Lara Adrian * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

Finally, a fun info graphic from Online Universities:

E-book Nation