Wednesday News: Kindle Scout releases 10 books, NBC to try video subscription service, Manga literary classics, and sheet music’s demise
In an environment where Amazon is perceived to be the source of numerous opportunities and ills for various publishers and authors, I’m wondering how Kindle Scout is going to be perceived as the books begin to roll out. A. Friend to indie authors? B. Example for other publishers? C. Hated corporate behemoth trying to put other publishers and authors out of business? D. All/None of the above? I’m guessing D.
Authors whose books are chosen receive a 5-year renewable publishing deal, with a $1,500 advance, a royalty rate of 50 percent, and the ability to take back rights to the book if the author doesn’t earn at least $25,000 during the 5-year contract.
The approach benefits Amazon in many ways. As Geekwire points out, it leverages the company’s large customer base for market research, similar to the way that Amazon Studios asks viewers to weigh in on television pilots before deciding which will go into full production. –Christian Science Monitor
NBC has plans to launch a premium, comedy-focused video subscription service. A new report from The Wall Street Journal says the video offering would bundle new episodes of the network’s comedy staples Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Both shows are already free to watch over the air for TV owners with an antenna, but NBC also wants to invest in original shows for the service and produce exclusive snippets as a showcase for its biggest stars like Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and actors across NBC’s roster of current shows. Pricing could be as low as $2.50 to $3.50 per month, making this — like Netflix and Hulu Plus — a viable add-on for Sling TV customers. A launch could come later this year. The new service would be entirely separate from Hulu, which NBC partly owns, and the network’s TV Everywhere apps. –The Verge
The line debuted at the American Library Association conference last summer with adaptations of Les Miserablesby Victor Hugo and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This year at ALA Mid-Winter in Chicago, Udon followed up with three more: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Emma by Jane Austen, which will all hit bookstore and library shelves in March, with another three titles to come later in 2015. All titles are available in paperback and hardcover, at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively, and also as a $14.99 digital edition through Comixology. –Publishers Weekly
Joseph Patelson Music House, another longtime sheet-music establishment, closed in 2009, and Dowling Music shut its doors in 2013. Last year, J&R Music and Computer World, the last store in New York with a sizable classical CD section, stopped carrying classical albums.
Musicians have plenty of online opportunities to buy sheet music, whether from Amazon.com , publishers or specialty websites such as Sheet Music Plus.
The website IMSLP, a digital library of public-domain music, allows users to download scores for free. Some musicians with iPads have dispensed with pesky paper scores altogether. –Wall Street Journal