Wednesday News & Deals: Paypal Reverses Stance

Wednesday News & Deals: Paypal Reverses Stance

News

Yesterday, Paypal announced that it would be reversing its stance on bans on fiction.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Paypal will look at books on an individual basis:

PayPal’s new policy will focus only on e-books that contain potentially illegal images, not e-books that are limited to just text, spokesman Anuj Nayar said on Tuesday. The service will still refuse, however, to process payments for text-only e-books containing child pornography themes.

The revised policy will also focus on individual books, rather than entire classes of books, he added. E-book sellers will be notified if specific books violate PayPal’s policy, and the company is working on a process through which authors and distributors can challenge such notifications, the spokesman said.

Based on this announcement, Smashwords will roll back its Terms of Service to its pre-February 24 state.   I know that terrible things were said about Mark Coker, both publicly and privately; but Coker clearly fought for authors and their rights to creative freedom.

Thanks to Darlynne V and all the others who shared the Smashwords email with me.


Dorchester claims it is still in business.  They posted on their Facebook page:

Dorchester has apparently posted this to their Facebook page:

Not to worry, Dorchester Publishing has not closed. However, due to challenging economic conditions, we have decided to vacate our 200 Madison office and become a virtual business. Though the transition was not as seamless as we had hoped, our phone lines are back in working order and our email is still fully operational. Our new mailing address is:

Dorchester Publishing and Dorchester Media
105 East 34th Street, Box 175
New York, New York 10016

What is the future for Dorchester Publishing? We are currently in the process of entertaining offers from reputable publishing companies and look forward to making an announcement shortly. We recognize a sale to a strong publisher is in your best interest and look forward to informing you as soon as we close a deal. We apologize for our lack of communication during this transition and for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Their new mailing addy is apparently a UPS store.

Via Tasha


I read this article about retail sites creating editorial content like recipes, party planning guides, and the like which all encourage more shopping. We get the monthly Costco magazine which contains recipes, financial tips, book suggestions, and other shopping suggestions. It’s something to think about. Are these movements toward original content centered solely around encouraging retail or will it expand into larger non fiction publications? Just something to ponder for now.


Wal-mart is one of those DVD to digital centers which will take your DVD and make a digital copy with special DRM. For only $2 more you can turn your DVD into a portable copy that you can view from the cloud.

At a press conference today in Los Angeles, the company announced that, as rumored, it’s launching a new program called the Disc to Digital service. Starting on April 16, anyone can bring their DVD collection into a Walmart store, and copies of each movie will be loaded onto your account on VUDU, the online video service that the retailer acquired two years ago. Standard definition DVDs will be converted into standard definition videos and Blu-rays will be converted into high-definition, for $2 each. You can also “upgrade” a standard DVD into an HD copy for $5.

Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer produce print editions.

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.


Penguin has filed an answer to the class action pricing lawsuits arguing that Kindle and BN’s terms of service allow only arbitration and thus, customers are only entitled to arbitration and not civil justice because Penguin is the principal and Kindle and BN are the agents. It’s actually the first real argument I’ve seen regarding actual agency between the parties. Penguin will have to prove that it has assumed more risk in the transaction than Amazon and BN along with some other attendant agency principles but while I’m disgusted with Penguin, I kind of admire them for finally, finally putting out a true agency argument.


Penguin is selling Penguin emblazoned tchotchkes in boutique areas within Barnes & Noble.  This has been successful in the pilot stores and so B&N is expanding these Penguin oriented boutiques into more stores.


From the battery of press releases from Entangled Press, one would think that they are starting a new line and launching a Titanic sized number of books. But one highly lauded line called Lori Wilde Presents has yet to make its debut. Perhaps in part because Lori Wilde has left Entangled. The Presents line of category books will be helmed by Alethea Spiridon-Hopson who is also directing the new paranormal line. Current editor Libby Murphy is also assisting both those lines. I’ve always felt that the Entangled business model made little business sense. Everyone being paid a royalty from the sale, from the editors to the authors to the cover artists. It’s nice in theory, but practically, I don’t think it is feasible.


Deals

I included a smattering of contemporary “deals”. Quite a few are self published.  I tried to exclude any books that were exclusive to Amazon.

  • Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S *recommended*
  • More Than Memories by Kristen James * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • My Last Blind Date by Susan Hatler * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Sleeping with Paris by Juliette Sobanet * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S - very popular
  • No Dress Required by Cari Quinn * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S - short story
  • Taming Mad Max by Theresa Ragan * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Silent Witness by Rebecca Forster * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Western Ties: Compass Brothers by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon * $2.70 * A | BN | K | S - bought it
  • For Love or Legacy by Ruth Cardello * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S - well reviewed but could be fluff reviews