This post gins up hysteria to a Defcon level based on nothing. This is hostile to actual facts such as 4 out of the top 10 Kindle books are self published or that Amazon’s ability to push exclusive content without having to deal with major publishers is a major boon to them. Amazon has no incentive to drive out the indies in favor of the mainstream publishers. It is actively trying to weaken mainstream publishing bargaining positions. The move toward policing reviews is designed to ensure customer trustworthiness in the review system. All Amazon ever does is to try to sell more product, hook more people on its service. May Amazon, at some point, reduce royalty rates paid to those who use KDP or tie higher royalty rates with longer exclusive terms? Sure, but that doesn’t mean Amazon is trying to drive away indies and individuals who believe that because their sales are somehow not as robust are making baseless accusations not grounded in fact.
“Women control more than 80 percent of spending. 60 percent of online gamers are women. 94 percent of girls under 18 report playing video games regularly. Those last two facts alone should influence developers into creating games with the female gamer in mind. Yet in the online and console worlds there is a slight lagging in user gameplay than five years ago; it’s the male gamer that advertisers view as the target player in the $24.7 billion gaming industry.”
This reminds me of the early days of digital ereading devices when the focus was definitely on male readers.Pando Daily
You can get a small you in three different sizes: 3.9-inches (10cm), 5.9-inches (15cm) or 7.8-inches (20cm) tall. A pocket-sized person does not come cheap. Prices range from $264 (21,000 yen) to $528 (42,000 yen). The price tag is more reasonable when you think of them as miniature sculptures
*Skeumorphism is the concept of making a digital device replicate physical objects. I.e., the hideous looking background for the bookshelf in iBooks.
For Slammed, that initial buzz paid off in a big way. In late April, the Goodreads Recommendation Engine picked up the book. On average, a book needs to have several hundred ratings before it starts to be included by our algorithm. From that point forward, it became the dominant way that Goodreads members discovered the book. That’s the blue section you see in the graph.
- We’re hoping to announce our first acquisition (a three book deal) in the next couple of weeks – just subject to getting the contract signed. The first of those books is being line-edited at the moment and *should* be out in November. Certainly before Christmas.
- We’re not using DRM except where it’s enforced by the retailer. eBooks will be available in all major eBook retailers, and most of the minor ones, but we’re not currently going to sell through our own site.
- And we’re publishing globally in English language – one of the things we’re passionate about is building global author brands – something made more difficult with the territorial rights of traditional publishers. My Inbox
I am beyond thrilled to have made this print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA. They will be doing a major global paperback launch of all 8 Sullivan books in US, UK, Canada and Australia starting summer 2013.
I have retained all ebook rights, foreign translation rights, audio rights and film rights in the 7 figure print-only deal and will continue to be self-publishing the Sullivan ebooks with all major retailers. Let Me Be The One, The Sullivan’s #6 ebook has spent the past 3 weeks on the nyt ebook bestseller lists and I will be self-publishing the 7th book in the series as an ebook this winter.
Yes, I will absolutely continue to self-publish all of my ebooks just as I have for the past 2 years. The very exciting addition now is that all of the Sullivan books will have extremely wide paperback print distribution with Harlequin MIRA in the major English language markets worldwide. Their enthusiasm and excitement for the series is absolutely wonderful – and exactly what I always wanted to see happen for my Sullivan books on the print side.