Articles by Rich Adin

Why Aren’t Kindles Free-Marketed?

By Rich Adin
June 25, 2012 // 12 Comments

In all the hullaballoo over agency ebook pricing and how terrible it is to not allow ebooksellers like Amazon to discount ebooks and sell them at whatever price they want, even if it is at a loss, ebookers haven’t questioned the lack of dynamic pricing of ereaders themselves, especially that [...]

The Value of eBooks: Is $2.99 The New Value

By Rich Adin
June 18, 2012 // 14 Comments

One excuse the big publishers used for going to the agency model of pricing was that Amazon’s $9.99 price for certain bestsellers was undervaluing the books and would establish expectations in ebookers regarding maximum pricing. So, if that is true, how do these very same publishers justify [...]

To Design or Not to Design in the Age of eBooks

By Rich Adin
June 7, 2012 // 11 Comments

Whenever a discussion arises about how an indie author can increase sales, two things generally occur: First, regardless of the merits of the suggestion, the indie author defends by saying he or she cannot afford to spend the money to hire the professional (fill-in-the-blank) and second, with [...]

And Then There was One: Redux

By Rich Adin
May 21, 2012 // 1 Comment

Last week I wrote about my experience with Barnes & Noble’s customer service and how frustrating I found B&N’s attitude. Ted Weinstein twitted about the article and received back a suggestion that ‘Dan’ at B&N be contacted, with an e-mail address. Ted was kind enough to post [...]

Worth Noting: Daisy’s War by Shayne Parkinson

By Rich Adin
May 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

I, my wife, and most people who have read the Promises to Keep quartet of ebooks are big fans of indie author Shayne Parkinson. For those of you unfamiliar with the quartet, I reviewed the books 2 years ago in On Books: The Promises to Keep Quartet and again in On Books: Promises to Keep are [...]

And Then There Was One: Barnes & Noble’s Lack of Customer Service

By Rich Adin
May 16, 2012 // 14 Comments

For a long time I have advocated buying ebooks from Barnes & Noble. Not because B&N was the cheapest or had the very largest selection (although I admit that I consider the argument that Amazon has more titles than B&N to be a specious one; after all, does it truly matter that one has [...]

On Books: Rebecca Forster — Legal Thrillers

By Rich Adin
May 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

As I have mentioned in other posts, I began my serious adult work career as a lawyer (between college and law school, I tried a lot of different jobs, none satisfying). I was a trial attorney in the U.S. Midwest for a number of years before moving back to the East Coast and becoming an editor. My [...]

Should Editors Certify That an eBook has Been Edited?

By Rich Adin
May 9, 2012 // 10 Comments

I’ve been toying with this idea for some time now. I haven’t gotten very far with it because of resistance from editorial colleagues, but I’m wondering if professional editors should certify that a book has been professionally edited as a way to assure the author’s customers that the book [...]

The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet After a Couple of Weeks

By Rich Adin
May 2, 2012 // 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, my wife bought me a Nook Tablet. I related that experience, and my initial impressions, in The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet. Now that I have used the Tablet for a couple of weeks, I thought I would update my experience. (Note that I have not used or seen a Kindle Fire or [...]

Are eBook Authors Unwittingly Losing Sales?

By Rich Adin
April 25, 2012 // 16 Comments

In a recent article at his blog eBookAnoid, another blog that I regularly read, Tony Cole asked this question: ‘Do you remember the name of the ebook you have just finished reading?’ Although I have not written about this topic before, I have often thought about how I rarely remember wither the [...]

The Department of Justice vs. eBooks II

By Rich Adin
April 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

As I noted in the first part of this article (see The Department of Justice vs. eBooks I), the settlement proposed by the DOJ raises a lot of issues but doesn’t attack the central premise that agency pricing is okay. I mentioned in part I that publishers could raise the list/wholesale prices of [...]

eBooks vs. pBooks: A Lesson in Value

By Rich Adin
April 16, 2012 // 8 Comments

This past weekend, my son and I traveled to New York City for the annual Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored (at least in part) by The New York Review of Books, which is the one magazine about books that I highly recommend. As a subscriber to the Review, I was given a complimentary pass and because my [...]

The Amazon Conundrum: Competition in eBooks

By Rich Adin
April 11, 2012 // 14 Comments

On several forums that I visit, there has been ongoing discussion about Amazon and monopolies and how no one need worry because if Amazon were a monopoly and did raise prices, a new competitor would instantly appear. The discussions often also evolved to criticizing anti-Amazon posters for not [...]

The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet

By Rich Adin
April 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

For the past few months, Barnes & Noble has been offering deals on their Nooks if you purchased a 1-year digital subscription to the New York Times. I have been a long-time subscriber to the print version of the Times, but have been unhappy at the regular price increases for the print [...]

eBooks: Is Agency Pricing Good or Bad?

By Rich Adin
April 4, 2012 // 15 Comments

Recently, there has been a lot of focus on the “conspiracy” between 5 major publishers and Apple regarding agency pricing and whether these 6 entities have violated antitrust law. The focus is not on whether agency pricing is good or bad, but whether the parties colluded. That question I’ll [...]

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