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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 [...]

Apple damages trial delayed to August 25

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the wake of Apple’s recent failure to obtain a stay on the damages trial, Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly, the trial has been postponed again, to August 25. There may not actually be a trial as such after all, however; it’s possible Cote might issue a summary judgment deciding [...]

Publishers, Amazon, and competition: Three points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a theme in the triad of Amazon/Hachette articles I found this morning, and the theme is…competition. First of all, here’s a rare op ed in favor of Amazon that originally appeared in CNN’s “Fortune” section. (Though it seems to have vanished from there; the link no longer works [...]

Can publishers win if they dare?

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 7 Comments

Dare – dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive It’s time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan Bush, “Dare” That seems to be the chorus that publisher advocates are singing these days: as [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable that his point of view is rather similar to Lilith Saintcrow’s: Amazon is a “malignant [...]

Kobo dominance in Canada: good luck or good business?

By Joanna Cabot
March 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve long chalked up Kobo’s success in Canada at least partly to good business: they’re aces at local content, have a huge presence in Canadian retail thanks to their origins as a subsidiary of our major bookstore chain, Indigo, and recently they were acquired by the deep pockets [...]

Apple files opening brief in e-book anti-trust trial appeal

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ars Technica reports that Apple has filed a 75-page opening brief in its appeal of Judge Cote’s decision finding it guilty of engaging in a conspiracy with the publishers to help raise prices. The Ars article has a reasonable summary of Apple’s arguments. Fundamentally, many of them are the [...]

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