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Tuesday News: The Game’s Afoot; Cheerios Ad is important and someday it won’t be; and John Green’s musings on his success

Tuesday News: The Game’s Afoot; Cheerios Ad is important and someday...

U.S. v. Apple Et Al Opening Slides 6-3-2013 by jeff_roberts881

The above are slides that the Justice Department has released that gives you a hint of the things that they will argue during the price fixing trial with Apple. They intend to show that Apple facilitated a group decision to move to Agency pricing in order to lessen Amazon’s hold on the market. This is a jury trial which means regular members of the public will decide whether the Justice Department’s allegations are accurate or whether Apple was just conducting business, albeit all on the same day and with identical results.

The slides are pretty entertaining with Eddy Cue from Apple referring to Brian Murray of HarperCollins as an idiot and Carolyn Ready from Simon & Schuster referring to Steve Jobs’ infamous statement that all the publishers would be pricing above the $9.99 price point as “incredibly stupid.”

(I’m going with jury verdict against Apple).

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A reader emailed me with a request for a specific type of book. Any recommendations for her?

a woman is going through a divorce, or finished it but her husband is still causing legal problems.  And the main idea is that the woman falls in love with someone else – not getting back with her ex-husband.

For others, however, the Cheerios ad was very meaningful. When we talk about the whitewashing of covers, the reason that it is important is because covers can show individuals of color that their human existence is just as valued and normal as that of non people of color. This is the same feeling that those who are in biracial families experienced when seeing the Cheerios commercial.

Author Nyrae Dawn spoke of this in a moving blog post about her own experiences as a biracial kid. I encourage you to read it.  We can only hope that more commercials depict the melting pot of families as normal so that in the future they are so commonplace that the ads are simply not a *thing* anymore.

Thursday News: Penguin to contribute $75 million to restitution fund; Beware of blurbs; Amazon to sell licensed fan fiction

Thursday News: Penguin to contribute $75 million to restitution fund; Beware...

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Important! My family and I are doing *things* this next week so I’m taking a mini vacation from Dear Author News. We’ll still have our daily reviews and daily deals (of course) but unless I’m feeling really energetic, there won’t be any news again until Wednesday, May 29. That’s when BEA starts and I suspect there will be important news then.

On June 3 the price fixing case with Apple starts. I will be glued to PACER and will bring you what daily reports I can from the filings. Don’t break Dear Author while I’m gone, you guys!

Also, don’t forget we have the Nalini Singh / Ghost chat on Twitter tonight.

Twitter chat with Nalini Singh

I’m hosting a twitter chat with “The Ghost” on Thursday, May 23rd, from 9:00 to 10:00 pm EDT. Even if you are not on twitter, you can follow along at this link. You may not want to come if you don’t want to know any spoilers about Heart of Obsidian.

Nonetheless, Amazon is launching “Kindle Worlds” a “commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.

Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith; and plans to announce more licenses soon.

Through these licenses, Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by these popular Worlds and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store.” Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the rights holders of the Worlds and the author. The standard author’s royalty rate (for works of at least 10,000 words) will be 35% of net revenue. As with all titles from Amazon Publishing, Kindle Worlds will base net revenue off of sales price—rather than the lower, industry standard of wholesale price—and royalties will be paid monthly.

It is instructive to look at the licenses that Amazon has secured.  Alloy Entertainment is a book packager and all those series are packages to which Alloy (and not the writer who is really just a work for hire) owns. But it’s a movement toward selling actual fan fiction instead of repackaged fan fiction like EL James’ Fifty Shades series.

Authors Guild should set up a licensing agency ala Henry Fox’s music licensing agency but it won’t.