The Passive Voice

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say [...]

$1.99 add-on Audible audiobooks cause headaches for Amazon authors

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

On The Passive Voice, Passive Guy posted a question about Amazon/Audible audiobook rates and payouts on behalf of his wife, an author herself. She had heard from a friend that their audiobook [...]

‘Author’ organizations make noise on behalf of publishers

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-publishing advocate Barry Eisler has an opinion piece on Techdirt discussing the way that so many organizations with “authors” in the name (Authors Guild, Authors United, etc.) seem to be [...]

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 [...]

11 Publishing Shakers to follow, besides us

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’ll admit this is blowing my own horn a little, but today I was alerted to an article on The Independent Publishing Magazine listing “The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following.” After [...]

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that [...]

New York Public Library panel: ‘Amazon: threat or menace?’

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Well, the New York Public Library panel discussion on Amazon was a big disappointment. I suppose I should have expected it, given how the panel was stacked with some of Amazon’s harshest critics [...]

New York Public Library Amazon panel discussion takes place tonight

By Chris Meadows
July 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just a friendly little reminder to block out 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern tonight to watch the panel discussion that the New York Public Library is hosting on Amazon’s business tactics, featuring James [...]

New York Public Library to host panel discussion on Amazon with James Patterson, Bob Kohn, Passive Guy, and others

By Chris Meadows
June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nate mentioned this New York Public Library panel discussion, “Amazon: Business As Usual?” a few days ago. It’s going to have a number of the loudest complainants about Amazon taking part, [...]

Spritz wants to help you read faster — and might even help those with reading disorders

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

As you look at all those books on your to-read list, you might think to yourself that there has to be a quicker way to get through them all. Argh! If only I read faster. Spritz is hoping to help you [...]

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 [...]

Discussions with Kensington Publishing head Steven Zacharius lay bare the wide gulf between publishing execs and writers

By Chris Meadows
January 21, 2014 // 10 Comments

An interesting thing happened a few days ago. An author posted the details of her publishing contract, including exactly how much (or more aptly, I gather, how little) she was making from her [...]

Protecting your name as a writer

By libertyc
August 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Your name is everything. That’s what people say and for good reason. This topic came up again because last week writer David Farland wrote a post about protecting your name, which was blogged on [...]

Canadian Writers' Union to Consider Self-Published Authors

By libertyc
May 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

As self-publishers gain legitimacy, the Writers’ Union of Canada is considering membership for the indie authors. The story was first reported on CBC (and linked to on The Passive Voice). The union [...]

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