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Tuesday News and Deals: Apple iPhone Sales May Fall; Booksellers Start Lobbying Congress to Keep Agency

Tuesday News and Deals: Apple iPhone Sales May Fall; Booksellers Start...


So my understanding is that Amazon is wanting publishers to sign a coop agreement. Coop is basically in store advertising or, in Amazon’s case, placement on any number of lists, emails, front page promotions.  They want to charge more for on site placement and the publishers are refusing.  Amazon has already responded to IPG’s revolt by removing the “Buy” buttons for the digital books. Not sure what Amazon will do with 70% of the catalog of books that people purchase (the market of the Big 6) will be imperiled.

Interestingly Indigo is increasing its coop fees by 25% according to Quill & Quire.

“It’s always been a huge scandal that the tech press has not covered the fact that the iPhone routinely gets a bigger subsidy (often $100 more!) than even the most expensive Android phones, even though Android users pay EXACTLY the same fees to the carriers”

Here’s irony. Part of Apple’s huge rise in profits in the last 6 years, since the introduction of the iPhone, has been as a result of way better discounts that iPhone customers receive vis as vis Android customers. AllThingD

“While emphasizing that they are first and foremost a publicity and marketing firm—doing work with 30 clients to date—DeBartlo and Crary intend to publish at least four titles each year under the February Books imprint. Besides DeBartlo and Crary, February Partners employs a full-time social media manager, Kimberly Cowser, previously a senior publicist with Simon & Schuster. Freelancers, including editors, are hired as needed”

“DRM is supposed to prevent piracy and illegal file sharing. In order to provide DRM, you need at least $10,000 up front to cover software, server, and administration fees, plus ongoing expenses associated with the software. In other words, much bigger operating expenses than a small business can afford. By requiring retailers to encrypt e-books with DRM, big publishers are essentially banning indie retailers from the online marketplace.”


The Earls Are on Sale

  • As an Earl Desires by Lorraine Heath * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • Earl of Her Dreams by Anne Mallory * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • How to Engage an Earl by Kathryn Caskie * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • I Kissed an Earl by Julie Ann Long * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • My Wicked Earl by Linda Needham * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • The Return of the Earl by Edith Layton * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • To Wed a Wicked Earl by Olivia Parker * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • What an Earl Wants by Shirley Karr * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
  • I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARE
This one looked interesting for Jayne.  “Retired doctor David Somerset, grief-stricken with the recent loss of his beloved wife, is trying painfully to follow through with plans they both made to the English Cotswolds and to restore a 600 hundred year old cottage. Although he makes friends with a number of colorful locals in the town of Winchcomb, he is still agonizing over his loss. Then rescue arrives in the form of a mysterious metal box a workman finds in the walls of his cottage. Inside the box, straight from the 16th century, is a rare Tyndale Bible, the first English translation of the Scriptures and the cause of Thomas Tyndale’s branding as a heretic by the Catholic Church and his burning at the stake. Also enclosed is the diary of a hitherto unknown priest named Father Christopher Moore, who was Tyndale’s best friend and later a chaplain in the court of Henry VIII. The Calm in the Late Afternoon is one of those novels that is more than a read. It’s a joyful emersion in life. “
  • The Calm in the Late Afternoon by Chuck Culver * $3.03 * A | BN | K | S
  • Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Wicked By Any Other Name by Linda Wisdom * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Merely Magic by Patricia Rice * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Making Waves by Tawna Fenske * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan and Carolyn Eberhart * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen by Shana Galen * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tane * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen * $2.51 * A | BN | K | S

Darcy Fan Fiction

  • Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
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Wednesday News: Harry Potter eBooks Legitimately Available

My updates today are brief given my current real life work schedule.

Harry Potter books have been released in digital and audio format. The prices are US $7.99 each for the first three and $9.99 each for the last four. If you buy them direct from, they are DRM free and in epub format. If you choose to source them through a retailer, the retailers repackage them with DRM. ( Pottermore) You must create an account with Pottermore and actually purchase the books through the site. No one click buy. It’s not super easy but it’s not impossible either.

Interestingly, I think this is an example of pure Agency pricing. Pottermore stores and sources the digital book.

BEA will be opening its doors to the public for one day and only to a select few who obtain tickets. I wondered if it would be tickets found in chocolate bars. If so, I demand one Oopma Loopma per exhibitor.

BEA is going to partner with publishers, local booksellers, and libraries as well as other industry players to make a very limited and exclusive amount of tickets available to BEA for Thursday in 2012. Tickets will be exclusive and present a unique opportunity for tastemakers and passionate readers to get a glimpse behind the curtain.

I’m not sure who Glen Weldon is but he hilariously recreated The Hunger Games at his office. I would be afraid if I was his co workers though. He’s bloodthirsty. Via NPRMonkeySee

Contrary to what some industry insiders suggested earlier this year (article is titled “If This Story Is Right It Shows How Weak the Agency Lawsuits and Investigations Are”) regarding the DOJ’s investigation into alleged collusion by the publishers with Apple over retail price maintenance (aka agency pricing), the Wall Street Journal has come out with another article that contains some harsh words by the government’s antitrust lawyer.

The Justice Department isn’t taking aim at agency pricing itself. The department objects to, people familiar with the case say, coordination among companies that simultaneously decided to change their pricing policies.

“We don’t pick business models—that’s not our job,” Ms. Pozen says, without mentioning the case explicitly. “But when you see collusive behavior at the highest levels of companies, you know something’s wrong. And you’ve got to do something about it.”

I’m sure there are other deals and I promise on Friday I’ll put together a big juicy deals post but for now, content yourself with this pre order price.

  • Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S