Morning Roundup: Apple patent for iTime. Why Amazon terrifies publishers and more

apple patent for itimeKindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens (Digital Book World)
Whenever I speak about a situation where an entity (retailers or publishers) treat authors poorly the answer is always the same: “because they can.”

Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers: Let’s Look at Royalty Statements (Forbes)
Like many authors, I’ve been struggling to decode all the noise coming  from Amazon and traditional book publishers, in hopes of figuring out which side is right in this long-running quarrel. The breakthrough moment for me came earlier this month, with the arrival of a new royalty statement from my New York agent.

Amazon Makes Plea to Authors to Quiet Down (PW)
Now Preston told PW he has gotten a second offer from Amazon’s v-p of Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti, along with a request from the executive to quiet the chorus of authors speaking out against the e-tailer.

Apple Patent Filing Reveals Ideas for a Smartwatch Labelled iTime (GigaOm)
A new Apple patent, applied for in 2011 and approved on Tuedsay, includes several drawings and descriptions of an Apple smartwatch idea labeled “iTime.”

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