Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey believes going Amazon-exclusive is worth it, thanks to Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey’s latest blog post talks about his experimentation with the Kindle Unlimited subscription e-book program. He had participated in the program before as part of a trial, but had pulled his books once the trial ended. However, since the change to payment terms, Howey wanted to try it out [...]

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 [...]

Doing the math on Kindle Unlimited

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

There has been much grumbling about the Kindle Unlimited payment terms change, though folks like author Hugh Howey have pointed out that it probably didn’t affect the payout by a huge amount in the grand scheme of things. But now that it’s been around for a month or so, there’s been time for [...]

Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Links: No more Star Wars on Dark Horse. Hugh Howey predictions for 2015

By Joanna Cabot
December 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dark Horse Bids Farewell to Star Wars (GoodeReader) In early 2015 the rights to the Star Wars comic book series will be transferred to Disney, and they will publish the comics in-house. *** eReader and Screen Tech Pioneer IRX Goes Bankrupt, is Dissolved (The Digital Reader) As 2014 draws to a close [...]

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few [...]

Hugh Howey corrects just about every assumption you ever had about the book trade

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

What could change just about every aspect of the current disputes about digital disruption in the book trade? The revelation that the key traditional businesses are not being disrupted at all, right? Well, that may be overstating the case, but not too far – at least according to Hugh Howey. [...]

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 [...]

Why NOT self-publish exclusively through Amazon?

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2014 // 19 Comments

I first saw a post by Hugh Howey discussing the potential cost versus befits of going exclusive with Amazon a few days ago. I was thinking of saying something about it, but it kind of takes on added significance with the news about Barnes & Noble removing the “Download” button from its [...]

Morning Roundup: Evolution of the Nook. Reddit book recommendations in a bookstore

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Evolution of the Barnes & Noble Nook– in Pictures (GoodeReader) Today, we are going to take down memory lane and look at every single model they ever released and talk about important milestones. *** San Francisco Creates Reddit Book Recommendation Wall (GalleyCat) Reddit user [...]

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 Publishing,” which begins with the salutation “Dear KDP Author.” I’m not sure if I received it [...]

The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors’ lamentation over the state of … well, author earnings … , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, [...]

July Author Earnings report surveys DRM, genre sales

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Hugh Howey and Data Guy have done it again, producing another interesting report on a sample of data scraped from Amazon. The July report re-runs the numbers for their main chart based on the new data, then branches out into a couple of interesting new measurements—including one that I [...]

Chuck Wendig fires back against Hugh Howey-led pro-Amazon petition

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Author Chuck Wendig (who? Oh, that Chuck Wendig) has posted a counterblast to the recent petition calling on Hachette to settle its dispute with Amazon and “stop fighting low prices and fair wages.” And Wendig’s words are already getting some airing on Publishers Lunch and [...]

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