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More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis

By Joanna Cabot
June 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve been thinking some more about the ‘author income’ crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread’s Canadian news first because I am local so I see it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say [...]

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 of what the actual argument covers that we have yet seen from either side, including those Hachette [...]

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 [...]

What to pay for e-books: a formula

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve seen people make estimates of what they thought was the right amount to pay for an e-book, but I can’t say I’ve seen one actually put it into an equation before. But Ramzi Amri, an MD/PhD candidate in Surgical Oncology, has. He wrote up an answer on Quora including the following [...]

The return of Hugh Howey: Author Earnings Part Two

By Chris Meadows
February 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you were worrying you might run out of traditional-publisher vitriol since it’s been a week since Hugh Howey uncorked a gusher of it with his original post on Amazon web crawl analytics, fear not! Not content to analyze 7,000 genre titles, Howey and his Stats Guy went back and crawled the top [...]

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report

By Chris Meadows
February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a [...]

French ‘Three Strikes’ law fails to cut piracy

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remember that French “three strikes” law, Hadopi? Ars Technica reports that a recent study has shown that it has had no significant effect in getting people to stop downloading content illicitly.  In the survey of 2,000 French Internet users, 37.6% admitted to illicit downloading. Those [...]

What do Amazon's book stats really mean? Nobody knows for sure

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 7 Comments

Note: Media observer Dan Bloom wonders, like a lot of people, just what Amazon’s popular and must-see book stats really mean. His opinion here reflects his own personal hunch about how things operate in the shop that Jeff Bezos runs. Comments welcome below, pro and con. The next time you read [...]

Latest Nielsen UK figures show slowing e-book market, still overtaking paperbacks in 2014

By libertyc
July 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest UK Nielsen BookScan newsletter for July 2013 showed a continuing decline in print book sales by 5.6 percent in value and 6.1 percent in volume, based on year-on-year sales for the 24 week period to mid-June 2013, with a total value of £538.6 million. But according to the same report: [...]

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 11 Comments

Is there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s [...]

Survey shows Chinese still don't want to pay for e-books

By libertyc
July 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Still don’t want to pay for e-books? You’re not alone. A recent survey in China shows that many Chinese readers still have not bought e-books. The survey, which was conducted by OpenBook Co., found that just one in every four Chinese residents have paid for an e-book, the same ratio it [...]

Sutton Trust report rams home the great Brit divide in international reading levels

By libertyc
July 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

Pity poor Britain. A G8 power, sixth largest economy worldwide according to IMF GDP figures, nuclear-armed, permanent member of the UN Security Council—and a permanent dunce in global education rankings; above all, if you’re poor. A just-released research report, “The Reading [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 'Cord Cutters' Survey Makes Wrong Point

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

GigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians “stream all of their TV from on-line sources.” The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. [...]

New study: Copyright extension makes works unavailable; public domain lets them flourish

By libertyc
July 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

Does copyright help keep works available, by giving the creators incentive to make sure it’s around to be purchased so they can get money? Or does it hinder keeping works available, since there’s only one source who can permit it and if they’re not interested nobody can compete with them? [...]

Apple: Collusion on E-Book Pricing or Just Tough Talks?

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 5 Comments

The New York Times and Reuters ran articles recently that tell opposing stories about Apple’s role in agency pricing. In the Times story, the Justice Department paints a picture of Apple as the ringleader of agency pricing. In the Reuters story, Apple insists that it just had tough talks with [...]

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