Ebook trial: Tossing Amazon out the window

Had Amazon defied the publishers' ultimatum, and the publishers followed through on their threat, it would have created a situation that one class of retailer willing to charge the highest price for ebooks would get the first window, while those that wanted to sell at a lower price got a later window. Standard operating procedure.…

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Scott Turow loses the plot

If Authors Guild president Scott Turow really wanted to do something useful for his mid-list members he would stop helping the publishers deflect attention by pointing to Google and off-shore piracy sites and help authors demand a better deal.…

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Books are the new blogs

From print-on-demand to new digital publishing and self-publishing platforms, the tools for publishing book-length works -- both in print and electronically -- are now well within reach of the hobbyist and amateur. The result has been an explosion of titles from both amateurs and professional writers originating outside traditional publishing channels.…

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Macmillan kicks it old school

The relationship between author and editor may not scale, as Macmillan Publishing CEO John Sargent suggests, but in the age of e-books and low-cost digital publishing platforms it's certainly going to change, as are those between authors and publishers, editors and publishers, publishers and retailers, retailers and customers.…

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