The Morning Coffee – 13 May 2014

If you're looking for something to read this morning, check PW's coverage of the Amazon-Hachette fight. It lacks context but it also has depth and nuance (link). Another link worth clicking this morning is Spurious Correlations; be prepared to waste several hours (link).

  • B&T Expands to Canadian Libraries (PW)
  • Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight (PW)
  • Net Neutrality: FCC Shifting Gears On Its Internet "Fast Lane" Idea (ReadWrite)
  • OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner (GalleyCat)
  • Spurious Correlations
  • Survey of nearly 400 publishers shows they will still rely on advertising, even as they believe ad sales won’t bounce back (TNM)
  • Will digital content subscriptions follow the cable model? (Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies)

3 thoughts on “The Morning Coffee – 13 May 2014

  1. From the AMZN vs. HBG article, quoting the latter in regard to the former: “We need them, but we need them to be reasonable.”

    Somewhere, I think the irony fairy is laughing her ass off. “Reasonable,” to any corporation, is “Everything for me and zero for anybody else.”

    1. My thought exactly. Especially coming from folks who willingly sacrificed their authors’ revenues in order to force consumers to pay more. And in the process killed most of the indie ebookstores. And *now* they play the channel diversity card?
      Cry me a river…

      1. “channel diversity” HA!

        After the Amazon-Publisher war, I discovered that my spend on eBooks from the late and sorely missed Fictionwise ran about $2000 in the prior year. Yes, you read that number right, two THOUSAND dollars. The next year? Less than $200, since it suddenly became a lot harder to find out when stuff I was interested in was out, and the book I preordered at $8 was suddenly not available at fictionwise (FW refunded), but the publishers would generously allow me to spend $12 on the very same book at Amazon or B&N.

        When a customer who loves your product drops his spend by 90% in a snap of his fingers, it says something about the magnitude of the publishers greed destroying their customer base.

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