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Wednesday Morning News: Happy Independence Day America

Wednesday Morning News: Happy Independence Day America

The July 4th Fireworks. Big Stock Photo

I admit that for a few moments last night I thought about not doing a news post but I eventually got over it. We still need news on Independence Day, right?

First up, two wildly competing views of copyright.

Friday Deals and News: Amazon Killing Everyone; Gemma Halliday Sells 1 Millionth Self Pubbed Book

Friday Deals and News: Amazon Killing Everyone; Gemma Halliday Sells 1...



JManga let us know that it is having a special sale on Josie/Romance titles from March 15 to 21st (PST).  Subscribers who purchase any Josei/Romance titles during the promotion will get 100 points back (up to 29% off) per volume!

Now is the perfect chance to check out such romance manga titles as “The Celebrity Doctor’s Proposal” by Sarah Morgan / Masami Hoshino, “The Bride of Montefalco” by Rebecca Winters / Kiriko Higashizato, and yaoi romance such as “Pet on Duty” by Nase Yamato and “Dash!” by Isaku Natsume.

You must be a subscriber in order to purchase manga on JManga, but during this promotion will be offering a special sign-up bonus of up to 4500 points! Don’t miss this chance to get the romance manga you need. continuously strives to offer the widest selection of legal online manga available, from major to niche, shonen to shojo and yuri to yaoi/BL!

They also offered to provide an account to Dear Author and Jan agreed that she was interested in reviewing some titles for the site.

Amazon has suspended the account of Digital Manga Inc over images in the manga which Amazon is citing for “content violations”.  It appears, however, that the titles in question are primarily homosexual depictions of sex and not other types.

Our account was suspended under troubling circumstances – we have had titles cited for “content violation”, and while we screen every title to ensure they adhere to Kindle’s standards, their guidelines are notoriously vague, and prohibit “Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.”

There is no definition of “pornography” versus “erotica” officially available from amazon. In the past, we considered our titles the latter, and strive to comply with Amazon’s guidelines. However, with such vague guidelines and a veritable library of erotica in written and drawn form already available on the Kindle, it is difficult to discern exactly what rules Amazon wanted us to comply with. We also find it disheartening that our titles depicting male homosexual romance have been banned while erotica depicting other forms of intercourse flourishes. What makes relationships between men more objectionable than erotic tristes between men and women? This is a question we imagine you’re all asking yourselves right now, and a question that we need Amazon to answer for us.

Gemma Halliday has sold her millionth ebook since self publishing.

Just to clarify, I’m not yet in the coveted Million Kindle club (though, I’ve got my sights set on it!!), as these sales have come from Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Sony, etc.  So they have been spread out over several different outlets.  Just a breakdown of roughly where the sales have come from:  about 1/2 Amazon, 1/4 BN, and 1/4 all other outlets (iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, ARE).

More on how Amazon is killing everyone:

Ebook sales have been a highly addictive drug to many smaller publishers. For one thing, there are no “returns.”  Traditionally, profit margins for publishers are so low because books that remain on shelves too long can be returned for credit — too often in unsalable condition. No one returns an ebook. Further, ebook sales allowed smaller presses to get a taste of the kind of money that online impulse buying can produce. Already ebook sales were underwriting the publication of paper-and-ink books at Wings Press.

It has been increasingly obvious to independent publishers for the last two years that Amazon intends to put all independents out of business — publishers, distributors, and bookstores. Under the guise of providing greater access, Amazon seemingly wants to kill off the distributors, then kill off the independent publishers and bookstores, and become the only link between the reader and the author. The attack on distributors like IPG and on some larger independent presses is only part of the plan. Amazon has also been going after the ultimate source of literature, the authors.

I guess my question is why aren’t these small presses selling direct.  Romance publishers do this.

There is a copyright fight over the derivative rights of the Godfather series.

Paramount filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court in February that accused Puzo’s heirs of approving sequels to “The Godfather” without the studio’s permission and in violation of earlier agreements.


Audible has expanded its trial period from 14 days to 30 days.  Currently you can get your first three months at for $7.49/month.  I really enjoy my Audible subscription.

  • I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Three Wishes by Stephanie Bond * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Marry Me, Maddie by Rita Herron * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Honor Bound by Brenda Novak * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Seeing Julia by Katherine Owen * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Play Dead by Anne Frasier * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Yearnings: A Paranormal Romance Box Set by Amber Scott Carolyn McCray * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The French Detective’s Woman by Nina Bruhns * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Fifth Avenue Novels Box Set by Christopher Smith Brandi Doane * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S
  • Bridge To Happiness by Jill Barnett * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S *Recommended*
  • A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S *Recommended*
  • Darkness of Fire by Alexis Morgan * Meredith Duran * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Pillow Tallk by Maya Banks * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S *Recommended* (This is a pre order. It was part of a duo logy with Shayla Black)
  • The Lord of the Rings: One Volume: Collector’s Ed by Tolkien * $9.99 * A | BN | K | S *Recommended*  (All three books, Fellowship of the Rings, Two Towers and Return of the King)