Monday News: France investigates Kindle Unlimited, poetry in prison, Keurig’s DRM tanks, and Anne Rice is at it again
The Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE) released a statement today which reads (translated by Google):
After careful consideration and legal analysis, the Office of SNE is concluded last December that the subscription offers whose prices are not set by the publishers are not legal, and except as specified by the 2011 Law on the price of digital books, namely the collective use offers proposed for vocational purposes, higher education or research. In these sectors, in fact, multi-subscription offers publishers have long been at the initiative of the publishers themselves, and correspond to the specific characteristics of their business models. In contrast, the market for “mainstream”, the law does not allow multi-vendor subscription offers only subscription offers consist of one editor, who control the price. –The Digital Reader
RATH: You write about how your own life has been enriched in a way by the people that you’ve worked with in the prisons who have resisted this psychic death. Can you explain that?
SHELTON: Well, it has made me much more willing to accept other people. The first one I worked with was a murderer. He’d assisted in killing three people – three girls. I decided that my policy would be – what I saw written out in front of a church on a billboard said you have no past here, only a present or a future. And I thought as long as he treated me decently and I knew he was not involved in any ongoing crimes, I would treat him the same way. He turned out to be a very talented writer. –NPR
On an earnings call Wednesday the company announced that brewer sales fell 12 percent last quarter, the first full quarter for which the 2.0 was on sale. “Quite simply our 2.0 launch got off to a slower start than we planned,” said CEO Brian Kelley. He said the company had been too slow to get 2.0-compatible cups onto retail shelves and “confusion among consumers as to whether the 2.0 would still brew all of their favorite brands.” . . .
Many of these companies have declared their intention to make 2.0-compatible cups. Others have sued. Yet another third-party cup manufacturer is giving away a free clip that it says tricks Keurig’s scanner. And YouTube is full of videos showing how to hack the system. –The Verge
1. Anne Rice is going to write a “booklet” on Amazon reviewers, and it is going to be “substantial”
2. Except that it’s not going to contain any actual proof or evidence or examples, just “the results of [her] years of research” — except without the actual results.
3. Even though, according to her, the “system” is “99.99% good” and she has “not been significantly harmed by bullies.”
So to sum up, this is about .01% of the system, which warrants a “substantial pamphlet or booklet” full of god knows what accusations and slurs, and without actual examples and proof. Okay, then.
And in case that’s not enough, there are the comments to the post. Holy mother of god THE COMMENTS.
Some time in 2015, I hope to complete a substantial pamphlet or booklet about my experience with the notorious gangster bullies who abuse customers and authors online. My focus will be primarily abuse on Amazon — of young writers, indie writers, and self published writers who are most vulnerable to concerted bully attacks. I will not be naming names, using screenshots, and the like — but describing in clear terms the results of my years of research in the Amazon Discussion Forums with these people, and what it is I believe that they do, and why, and what authors and readers need to know about their abuses. –Facebook