Blurred lines: Social media and news media feeding into each other

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

On GigaOm, Matthew Ingram expresses fascination with the way that the news media and social media have collided and blurred the lines between each other, in the context of the recent Uber scandal. We’re increasingly seeing major news stories break and grow in social and new media—Twitter, [ on]

Simon & Schuster reportedly reaches agency deal with Amazon

By Chris Meadows
October 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

The interesting times we live in might just have gotten a little more interesting. Right as Hachette is in the middle of a protracted contact negotiation dispute with Hachette comes a rumor, via Publishers Weekly, that its fellow Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster has just finalized a contract [ on]

New York Times public editor finds bias in its Amazon/Hachette coverage

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wow, this is pretty big. For quite some time, indie publishing bloggers such as Hugh Howey, Joe Konrath, and David Gaughran have been complaining about the slanted nature of the New York Times’s coverage of the Amazon/Hachette squabble. Now New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has taken [ on]

HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

One of the rallying cries of author advocates and Amazon adversaries alike has been that publishers should start selling their books direct to the public instead of letting middle-man Amazon have so much power. Another rallying cry is that publishers should pay authors bigger royalties. Well, [ on]

Is Hachette gagging its authors?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 15, 2014 // 5 Comments

As some may know, there’s a fascinating spat going on between Lee Child, recent star of a BBC Newsnight anti-Amazon segment, and the The Passive Voice‘s readers and creator – a.k.a. David Vandagriff, recently cited, along with Chris Meadows and yours truly, as one of The [ on]

Edward Robertson spots fresh irony in Hachette counter-claims

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Science fiction and fantasy author Edward W. Robertson has added a new insight to the post mortem on Hachette’s response to Amazon’s open letter. And it’s one more that Hachette probably wishes would go away. As well as pointing out, as Chris Meadows has already noted, that [ on]

Terms of Amazon dispute with Disney seem oddly familiar

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

A Wall Street Journal article (if it’s paywalled, Google the headline to read it) delves into the sources of the pre-order blocking matter between Amazon and Disney…and if you could summarize it with a single phrase, it would be “the shoe’s on the other foot.” It has some commonalities [ on]

Hachette responds to Amazon advocates’ email on pricing its e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2014 // 3 Comments

Digital Book World is carrying the response Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch is sending to those people who write him at Amazon’s behest. Since I posted the Amazon letter in full, it seems only fair to do the same for this. Pietsch (or whoever wrote the response for him) maintains that “Hachette [ on]

Amazon stops taking pre-orders for Disney movies

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

Amazon’s been busy lately. Folks might remember that Amazon stopped taking pre-orders for Warner DVD/Blu-ray titles for a while, including The LEGO Movie, during a contract dispute similar to the contract negotiation it is undergoing with Hachette. (Unlike Hachette’s, said dispute was resolved [ on]

Hachette fails to bulk up against Amazon as Perseus deal collapses

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Oops, Hachette. You just left an awful lot of journos with egg on their faces. All those columnists who wrote up long articles on how your purchase of Perseus Books Group was going to underpin your offensive against Amazon are now having to rewind and, at best, write laments on how you’ve [ on]

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