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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...

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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.”

Deals:

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
Sourcebooks
  • 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
Wednesday Links and Deals: Amazon creates a special site for iPads; AAR Is Providing Guidance to Publishing Agents

Wednesday Links and Deals: Amazon creates a special site for iPads;...

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Amazon created an Ipad optimized site because Apple made Amazon remove the buy links.  If you have an Ipad, this is the way you want to browse the Amazon Bookstore.  Here is the link (www.amazon.com/iPadKindleStore.)

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Random House acquired Canada’s major book publisher McClelland & Stewart.  I’m not familiar with M&S, but the acquisition has been labeled the death of Canadian publishing. M&S had previously received a government loan:

As reported in The Globe & Mail today: “Before announcing the transaction, Random Canada quietly approached the office of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore to seek an exemption from long-established provisions of the Investment Canada Act, which specifically outlaw such takeovers. The company reported that Mr. Moore granted the approval ‘on the basis of the commitments we made that demonstrated that this investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada.’”

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AAR, an association for agents (although not a professional regulatory agency), has advised agents on publishing (reg requ’d).  I think the advice they are giving is a bit contradictory:

As the canon already states in broad fashion, “members shall not represent both buyer and seller in the same transaction.”the same transaction.” …

Other areas remain wide open, however. The canon already acknowledges that, subject to a client’s approval, agents can “pass along charges incurred on the client’s behalf.” The e-mail acknowledges that these new publishing models might involve upfront fees for publishing services and notes “the agent and client might wish to restructure the compensation paid to the agent for the agent’s services in this realm…. The issue of how an agent is compensated for services remains a private one between the agent and the client.” As DeFiore underscores, “the canon always allowed for agent-members to be compensated by their clients in any way that is mutually agreeable–as long as there is no conflict of interest and no kind of payment from the buyer.”

 

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Deals

Coupons:

No one seems to mind the coupons. I’ll try to change them up even though some coupons last several weeks.

Deals:

I use Amazon to search for the deals and there is  facebook share button built in so I’m “sharing” the deals as I find them on the Dear Author facebook page.  I’ll collate the deals in posts here at DA, but if you want to see them as I find them, you can “like” the DA Facebook page and I believe those postings will show up in your timeline.

  • The Witness by Dee Henderson * $0 * A | BN | K
  • Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden * $0 * A | BN | K
  • Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason * $0 * A | BN | K
  • The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister * $0 * A | BN | K
  • Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello * $0 * A | BN | K * This had over 180 reviews.  Average of 4.5 stars.
  • Blood WIll Tell by Samantha Young * $0 * A | * This has 23 5 star reviews. They could all be bogus. But it’s free
  • Love Is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie * $0.99 * A | BN | K
  • The Bachelor by Carly Phillips * $1.99 * A | BN | K
  • Red Hot New Year by Diana Mercury * $1.99 * A | BN | K
  • A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore * $1.99 * A | BN | K
  • Next to Die by Marliss Melton * $1.99 * A | BN | K
  • Warlord with Bonus Material by Ted Bell * $1.99 * A | BN | K
  • Brazen by Carly Phillips * $2.7 * A | BN | K
  • Curiosity Killed The Catsitter by Blaize Clement * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • In Close by Brenda Novak * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • The King’s Coat by Dewey Lambdin * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • The Heroes by Joe Ambercrombie * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • True Colors by Kristin Hannah * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Foxy Roxy by Nancy Martin * $2.99 * A | BN | K
  • Twin Fantasies by Opal Carew * $2.99 * A | BN | K