agency pricing

Paperwhite is what you read in the dark

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

I can already tell that this Kindle Paperwhite is going to be bad for my insomnia. Or good for it. Either way, it can do something my old Kindle Touch never could: read in bed, at night, with the lights out. Yes, it’s a little thing, and it’s something I could do already with my tablets. But it [...]

Michael Kozlowski: Traditional publishers are the true price predators

By Chris Meadows
September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

If someone mentions “predatory pricing” in an e-book context, your first thought is probably Amazon’s $9.99 new-release e-books. Publishers complained that Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to drive competitors out of the market and put pressure on the publishers to lower their asking [...]

Apple asks for more time to appeal e-book anti-trust case to Supreme Court

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, raise your hand if you’re surprised. Any hands? Any? No? Well, that’s about what I expected. Apple has filed a request for a 30-day extension to the time it has to file a petition to have the e-book anti-trust case considered by the Supreme Court. The reason for the extension request, [...]

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the self-publishers have had: particularly that agency pricing is considerably slowing big-five e-book [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the question that has been on many publishers’ lips ever since Amazon first started selling e-books: “Are [...]

Appeals court upholds Cote’s Apple anti-trust verdict and settlement

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Only last month, the 2nd Circuit appeals court said that anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich could continue to monitor Apple in a ruling on Apple’s appeal of Judge Cote’s refusal to dismiss him. Today, the same appeals court issued a similar ruling on Cote’s original verdict, which found [...]

Amazon and Penguin Random House agree to contract

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon has signed a new contract with Penguin Random House, Publishers Weekly reports. Penguin Random House represents the last of the Big Five (nee Big Six) publishers and the last of the “Agency Five” (well, the Penguin half does, anyway) to agree to new terms. This brings an end to any [...]

E-book gouges and other risks TO profit-crazed publishers

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 17 Comments

Nate and Good E-Reader are on the money in blasting Big Five houses for bloated publocracies and the inevitable result. Overpriced books—to pay for the waste. We know, too, that the B5 are trying to protect their investment in pulped-wood publishing, by way of e-book gouges. Sigh. They never [...]

Apple anti-trust monitor can stay on, appeals court rules

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

My, the squabbles between Apple and the e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich have been going on for a long time, haven’t they? I can’t even keep track of how many shots and volleys have been fired back and forth. The latest news out of the case involves the appeal of Judge Cote’s [...]

Morning Links: Judy Blume advocates for library. Books which began as blogs

By Joanna Cabot
April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Four Indie Books That Began as Blogs (IndieReader) Check out this handful of great (gorgeous!) indie books that got their start as blogs. *** Is Agency Ebook Pricing Suppressing Sales? Hard to Say (DBW) The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, [...]

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 [...]

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