Posts Tagged ‘Amazon’

The letter Scott Turow, President of the Author’s Guild posted in early March is really about a potential lawsuit against Apple and five publishers.  But his mention of how Amazon practices make the Apple decision an inevitable one results in the majority of the following comments focusing on Amazon and whether or not what they’re doing is good for writers and publishing. Depending on which argument I am reading at the moment, I feel like a fan at a tennis match not sure which player I want to win.

Yesterday’s report that the Justice Department may be near filing an antitrust lawsuit against five large trade book publishers and Apple is grim news for everyone who cherishes a rich literary culture.

The Justice Department has been investigating whether those publishers colluded in adopting a new model, pioneered by Apple for its sale of iTunes and apps, for selling e-books. Under that model, Apple simply acts as the publisher’s sales agent, with no authority to discount prices.

via Letter from Scott Turow: Grim News | The Authors Guild Blog.

This looks like a great site to bookmark if you are a self published author.  The article linked below on how to use categories to call attention to your book is only one of the good pieces of advice I found.

The “category path” is how Amazon determines the rankings. The main ranking that we are used to seeing is the “Paid in Kindle Store.” This ranking includes everything from newspapers to games and even Kindle accessories. You can see how important it is to categorize optimally.

via Helping you become a #1 Bestselling Author | Indies Unlimited.

Or overtake the publishing world anyway? Barnes & Noble has made a bold move with their statement quoted in this article and by deciding not sell Amazon’s print books in their stores. But will it make any difference to Amazon? Or could it possibly bite B&N in the behind?

B&N issued a statement saying it had decided not to carry Amazon books. B&N said its decision “is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent.”

via B&N Will Not Stock Titles Published By Amazon.

My sister is the one who warned me about Amazon’s change to the way you download books using Kindle apps.  She has an iPhone.  I was thinking the Android might not be affected by the change, but when my phone recently updated, I see that the Kindle app updated as well, and seems to be directing me to the Amazon website when I want to buy/download new books, so I guess Android was not immune.  But here’s a new twist.

A few weeks ago, after Apple began enforcing the new iOS terms, one eBook reader, Kobo, came out and said that they would work on a web app to bypass the restrictions. But again, others like Amazon and Barnes & Noble remained mum, and changed their apps to remove links to their stores. Turns out, Amazon was quietly doing the same thing. And now it’s ready to go. And it’s very good.

via Amazon’s Answer To Apple’s Terms: A Web-Based Kindle Cloud Reader — Brilliant On PC, Better On iPad | TechCrunch.

While cities such as LA and Chicago are known for their publishing ventures, they are small in comparison to New York’s scene. With Amazon’s new publishing imprints already attracting big names such as Connie Brockway and Barry Eisler, and the potential of higher royalties for its authors, it will be fascinating to see what ripple effects this could have on Seattle.

via Is Amazon shaping Seattle to become a publishing center?.

I wonder if Amazon needs admin support for their new publishing venture.  I’ve always wanted to work in the publishing industry.  With all the exciting changes happening in the publishing world, I think it would be fascinating to be an entry-level fly on the wall as this new venture takes off.

Maybe I should spruce up my resume and knock on their door.  I know where they live, after all.

I’ve said many times that “publishing is a business for me, not an ideology” and that the right deal could certainly lure me back to the legacy world. That remains true. What’s more important, though, is the nature of what could conceivably lure me back. And what could lure me back is precisely what I’ve never been able to get from any legacy publisher–not the two who have published me; none that I’ve negotiated with, either. Specifically:

1) A much more equitable digital royalty split.

2) Full creative control (packaging, pricing, timing).

3) Immediate digital release, followed by paper release when the paper is ready (no more slaving the digital release to the paper release).

via A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.

I posted earlier about Amazon getting into the publishing business as an actual publisher, not just a place that sells books or allows authors to self-publish.  They have already started several imprints and are gearing up staff.

This article is one of many found online talking  about/to Barry Eisler,  an established author who had earlier vowed to leave traditional publishing in favor of self publishing.  Well now he has decided on a path somewhere between the two by signing with Amazon’s mystery/thriller imprint.  He makes some good points in this conversation about how this might offer the best of both worlds.


Posted: June 1, 2011 in Small Presses
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Dedicated to promoting Indie (and not so Indie) authors and their work, one excerpt at a time.

via indiebookslist.

If you have a book to promote, or enjoy supporting independent booksellers by buying books from them, this site is an interesting promotional tool I found thanks to the forums at Amazon KDP.  Authors submit a chapter excerpt and information about their book, then this site posts two of them a day.

Try it, you might find a book you want to read.

My First Sale!

Posted: May 25, 2011 in Self Publishing
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Thanks to whoever you are–I earned a whole 35 cents!  And that is not sarcasm talking.  I hope you like it.

Peeling the Onion and Red Light, Green Light are both short stories for sale for Amazon Kindle and the Nook.


After announcing it would publish romance novels through a new imprint called Montlake, Amazon has unveiled its next genre imprint, Thomas & Mercer, which is focused on mysteries and thrillers. Thomas & Mercer will release its first four titles in Fall 2011: D.M. Annechino’s Resuscitation, J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch’s Stirred, Kyle Mills’ The Immortals and John Rector’s Already Gone. As with Montlake, Amazon will be releasing the titles as Kindle editions but also promises to place the books in stores by distributing them on its own

Speaking of Amazon (well, a while ago I was anyway), how many of us knew that not only do they sell books and allow others to publish books, but they have their sights set on becoming a publisher themselves.  Click on the excerpt below to read the whole article from Publisher’s Weekly.

Montlake Romance Marks Tip of Amazon’s Expansion Into Publishing

With the news that Amazon is expanding its publishing arm, launching in the fall Montlake Romance (with plans to deepen its category publishing to mystery, science fiction, and thrillers), many in the publishing business have been talking about the company’s hiring strategies. And agents have been eyeing the unfolding process closely, trying to gauge whether the retailer will become as viable a place for their books as traditional houses.