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SFWA announces membership qualifications for self-published and small press writers

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA, has finally come through with its long-promised support for self-published and small press authors. A SFWA press release declares that complete details will be posted to the SFWA’s membership requirements page by March 1, 2015. (I have been [...]

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which [...]

Rick Chapman lays into Amazon advocates, KDP pricing strategy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 18, 2014 // 13 Comments

Indie science fiction author and business book writer Rick Chapman has unleashed a long diatribe against Amazon’s pricing model for Kindle Direct Publishing, which does make some valid points – although they’re buried among a screed against Amazon’s defenders (who he [...]

Amazon and Hachette finally agree to a contract!

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Finally! While I’m sure that Authors United and their compatriots will continue to find something to harp about, it should stop being how big bad Amazon is bullying poor benighted Hachette. According to the letter to Hachette authors and agents (via Joe Konrath): The new agreement delivers [...]

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

News Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos’s brutal bullying bugbear Amazon – by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit [...]

Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Never one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can’t seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them – or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he’s [...]

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 Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.

By Joanna Cabot
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You’re Not “Doing Anything [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

More from Neil Gaiman on the Amazon/Hachette faceoff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 4, 2014 // 3 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s views on the Amazon/Hachette spat seem to have evolved a little since Chris Meadows last reported on them in mid-June. According to an answer to a self-published author and fan recently posted on “the official Neil Gaiman Tumblr, but honestly no better than the unofficial [...]

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2014 // 12 Comments

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were [...]

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 [...]

Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

CBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. “Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from [...]

How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of an NYT ad?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 4 Comments

Class, today’s math question is: How many UK authors can you buy for the cost of a single full-page New York Times ad? And we’re going to compare the average median income of a British author, as calculated by the the UK Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), with the [...]

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