agency pricing

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 [...]

European Commission opens anti-trust probe into Amazon ‘most-favored nation’ policy

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

That pesky most-favored nation clause in e-book contracts is rearing its head again, this time in Europe. The European Commission has announced it is opening an anti-trust investigation into Amazon’s practice of requiring notice when e-books sold on Amazon were sold more cheaply somewhere else so [...]

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 [...]

Latest Author Earnings Report shows Big Five cutting their own, authors’ throats to get Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

The May 2015 Author Earnings Report, Hugh Howey and team‘s “sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales,” has just hit the web, and I’m going to precis some of its most important conclusions, while recommending that any writer in particular digest the whole thing. And as [...]

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, [...]

Wall Street Journal blasts Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich for overcharging, malfeasance

By Chris Meadows
February 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, there goes the Wall Street Journal again. In a paywalled opinion piece (just Google “All Along the Apple Watchtower” to read it), the Journal once again takes aim at Apple anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich. The editorial complains, among other things, of Bromwich’s $1,100 per hour fee [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Sargent: Major publishers learning, trying new things with e-books

By Chris Meadows
December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here are an interesting juxtaposition of posts that just came to light today. In the first, Kristine Kathryn Rusch at last returns to blogging about the publishing industry with an end-of-year post that is both interesting and scary. Last year, I wrote an open letter asking the Big Five publishers [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Using tech to get through your reading list. Agency pricing in Canada

By Joanna Cabot
September 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

How to Use Technology to Get Through Your Reading List (Lifehacker) The internet is full of brilliant articles you haven’t read. So is your read-it-later app of choice, whether it’s Pocket, Readability, Instapaper or any other. Here’s how to finally tackle that reading list, with [...]

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine this morning, so I guess I have no excuse now. In this article, J.E. Fishman traces authorial woes all [...]

Hugh Howey outs Hachette for seeking book market price dictatorship

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

I can’t do better for my small contribution to the Amazon/Hachette controversy than to link to Hugh Howey’s latest nasty surprise for traditional Big Five publishers, “Big Publishing is the Problem,” where he reproduces a slide (shared above from his site) from a recent [...]

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