This beautiful Friday morning brings a lengthy reading list, including a comment from John Scalzi on how Amazon v Hachette is not a holy war, a new self-pub platform, a librarian defending their weeding policy, Hugh Howey’s take on the question of whether so many indie authors can be making so much money, and more. Continue reading
Hachette’s parent company, the French media conglomerate Lagardère, released their mid-year financial report today. They did not release specific details on Lagardère Publishing’s performance in US, UK, France, and other markets, but we do know that revenues for the publishing division including US Hachette Book Group were down 14 million euros, to 903 million euros. Continue reading
Germany’s Skoobe ebook subscription service will be opening up a new venue soon for self-published authors. Starting tomorrow, this two-year-old startup will be carrying indie ebooks distributed by Books On Demand gmbh (BoD) and by ePubli. Continue reading
When Amazon released their latest statement in their contract dispute with Hachette a couple days ago, one point they raised was that $9.99 ebooks sold more copies than $14.99 (1.74 times as many, in fact). This tied in with basic market economic theory, and it also fits with past data from Smashwords.
And now I can report that the data used for the Author Earnings Report shows similar sales and pricing trends. Late Wednesday night Data Guy, the numbers person behind the AE Report, left a comment over on The Passive Voice with details. Continue reading
Last night Amazon posted their third official statement in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette, and like their first statement the open letter posted last night is proving to be an effective tactical PR maneuver.
The letter, which you can read over here, said that Amazon only wanted a 30% commission from sales of Hachette ebooks, and that Amazon was fighting with Hachette over whether the ebooks would be expensive or cheap. The statement goes on to lay out the math to justify lower ebook prices, and then it concludes with the idea that authors should get 35% of the sale price of an ebook. Continue reading
Would you buy a $99 Windows tablet? You could be about to get your chance. Intel has been promising since April that we would see $99 Windows 8 tablets this year and one of the first has just made an appearance in China.
Kingsing is a name few will recognize (unless you frequent AliExpress or other international marketplaces) but this Chinese OEM has pulled off the feat which HP and Toshiba are still trying to accomplish. Continue reading
Subscription ebook services are popping up all over, including in Japan. Earlier this week CyberAgent, owners of the popular Japanese blogging and social networking website Ameba, announced that they were expanding Ameba’s ebookstore with a new subscription option. Continue reading
There comes a point with any gadget where it has to be disposed of. Whether it’s becasue you’ve upgraded to a newer device, or the battery has finally died for the last time, or because your smartphone went for a swim, the old gadget has got to go.
The following infographic lays out an argument against simply chucking the old device in the trash. Instead you should consider re-gifting or recycling the gadget so that it might be reused. This not only helps someone else, it also reduces the damaging effects of e-waste and removes one more piece of trash from a landfill. Continue reading
eBooks are great: they’re convenient, fast, and enable you to carry an entire library around in your pocket. But there’s at least one way that paper books can do which ebooks can’t and that is tell everyone around you what you’re reading. Thanks to the Onion, that’s no longer an issue. Continue reading