Earlier this week I submitted my crime novel, The Invisible Hand, to the Kindle Scout program. Within 24 hours, after vetting my manuscript, cover and description, Amazon gave me the green light for a campaign to start on Oct. 28. For those not in the know about Kindle Scout, Nate did a great job of summing it up when it launched last week. Continue reading
Amazon’s crowd-sourcing program opened its doors to authors last week, and a new report tells me that it will soon be open to readers as well.
Benjamin Sobieck wrote on his blog earlier today that his latest crime novel, The Invisible Hand, was accepted into the Kindle Scout program today. He reports that it took Amazon less than 24 hours to accept his work and assign a start date for his campaign. The Invisible Hand will be posted for readers to rate and review on 28 October. Continue reading
Krugman’s specialty is international economics, and his book (with Maurice Obstfeld and Marc Melitz) on the subject is a standard text. But he’s also good on most other economics subjects. If you invest in bonds you’ve done a great deal better over the past few years following his advice than that of the famous (and mega-rich) “Bond King” Bill Gross. As Krugman has often stated, that’s not because he has some special insight; it’s because he relies on economic models that make sense and have been tested against the real world. It’s science in action, making rigorous and efficient use of available information.
Boersenblatt and the WSJ are reporting that Amazon has come to terms with Bonnier in Germany and S&S in the US, respectively. The specifics of the new contracts have not been disclosed, but the CEO of Bonnier’s German subsidiary is quoted as saying: Continue reading
Many do not seem to agree with that premise. Continue reading
And then there are the arguments which have already been debunked before they have even been made. Continue reading
The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their products, then there will be no money to pay authors to write “serious literature,” irreparably harming our culture and society.
Authors and publishers are frequently told that they should engage with readers on social networks, but sometimes it’s not easy to know the right way to go about it. And so when this video from Pittsburgh ad agency Brunner crossed my desk this morning, I thought it was worth watching and sharing. Continue reading