Earlier this week Amazon stunned the publishing world when they sent a letter to agents and authors affected by the contract dispute with Hachette. That letter, which was soon leaked to the press, included details which suggested Hachette was not negotiating in good faith, and it offered to remove authors from the conflict by giving them 100% of their respective Kindle ebook sales. Continue reading
A new report from YouGov BrandIndex shows that Amazon’s reputation has only been minimally affected by the ongoing fight. This research firm, which last year ranked Amazon the best-perceived brand in the US, says that: Continue reading
Ask most publishing industry pundits and they’ll tell you that Amazon dominates 4 ebook markets: US, UK, Germany, and Australia. If current trends continue that list could be knocked down to 3. Continue reading
In a 19 page ruling released late last week, Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed the ant-trust lawsuit filed by a trio of indie booksellers.
He described the claims made by indie booksellers Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Posman Books, and Fiction Addition as “threadbare allegations”, thus bringing to a close what had to have been one of the stranger lawsuits of 2013. Continue reading
The timing of the rumors were off by about 16 months, but the first store may have opened earlier this month in San Fransisco. The WSJ says that a pop-up store/kiosk opened up for a couple weeks in an SF-area mall: Continue reading
According to the Luzme ebook blog (and confirmed on an official EU website), European web retailers are going to have to change how they collect VAT for electronic services (this includes ebooks) sold to EU customers. The retailer is now going to have to charge customers based on where the customer lives, and not where the retailer operates. Continue reading
Remember last February when everyone was talking about the rumor that Amazon was going to open retail stores in Seattle? Today I decided to dig up that old story and see what if anything became of it.
As you might recall, in early February 2012 everyone and their sister was repeating a rumor that Amazon was about to launch retail stores in the Seattle area. The original source for the rumor was Good eReader, which reported that they had sources at Amazon that told them: Continue reading