Hachette

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 [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Best subscription service for self-pubbing. iOS 8 highlights

By Joanna Cabot
August 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Which Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster? (Media Shift) Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster [...]

Amazon’s e-book position ‘weak’ but customer focus too strong for disruption

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here’s a couple of interesting takes on the Amazon/Hachette affair. It’s kind of refreshing, actually, after all this back and forth he-said/she-said of authors in favor of Amazon or Hachette and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Eoin Purcell Amazon Publishing UK appointment already sees casualty of Amazon/Hachette spat?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The news, first broached by The Bookseller, that Eoin Purcell, veteran Irish publisher and mainstay of the publishing and digital change debate, has been appointed as leader of the Amazon Publishing [...]

Amazon asks Kindle Direct authors and readers to lobby Hachette in contract negotiation

By Chris Meadows
August 9, 2014 // 5 Comments

Amazon’s PR push in the Hachette negotiation seems to have moved beyond simply posting announcements to forums. I just had a rather lengthy email show up in my inbox from “Kindle Direct [...]

Rich boys club buys space to say Amazon is bad

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

The open letter against Amazon from Authors United, the group steered by founding author Douglas Preston, seems to be getting a lot of column inches. And just to make sure, Authors United is buying [...]

Hachette tried to toss indies out with the trash in Perseus distro deal

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 4 Comments

Nick Mamatas was kind enough to tip me off to a fascinating writeup by Dennis Johnson, co-founder of Brooklyn indie publishing stalwart Melville House, on a story that knocks another hole in [...]

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 [...]

Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the [...]

Morning Roundup: Manga buzz at Comic Com. Apple content delivery system is live

By Joanna Cabot
August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Manga Buzz is Strong at Comic-Con 2014 (PW) Once again, pop culture fandom congregated en masse at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International 2014, including plenty of fans looking [...]

Morning Roundup: Preston speaks again. Macmillan makes front-list available to libraries

By Joanna Cabot
July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Anything with an RFID Chip in it Will Have to Carry this Logo in Europe (GigaOM) The logo is designed to make it clear to consumers when the goods they’re carrying contain an RFID smart chip, and [...]

Amazon says it would be content with 30% of revenue if Hachette e-books were $9.99

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2014 // 7 Comments

Amazon has posted another update to its Kindle user forum, dispensing more information about the nature of the dispute between itself and Hachette. In fact, this is pretty much the clearest statement [...]

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