*+-Amazon fired their latest salvo in the pr battle with Hachette this morning, and for once I wonder if they made a mistake. The retailer sent out an email to all authors and publishers currently signed up with KDP, asking them to take a side in the ongoing contract dispute with Hachette. The letter can… Read More »
*+-Late last week Publishers Weekly posted an article on the growing trend of indie bookstores expanding into publishing. Some are acquiring an Espresso Book Machine, but not all. This article caught my eye both for the innovating booksellers and because their innovations were once quite common. Here’s an excerpt:
*+-Last week US publishers demonstrated that old adage that insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. Publishers Weekly reports that the agency publishers which were part of the 2010 price fixing conspiracy and then settled the antitrust lawsuit out of court are once again objecting to the agreement between… Read More »
*+-There’s a common misconception that the group which everyone calls the Big 6/5 US publishers are the largest publishers in the world. That’s simply not true, and as you can see in the list which PW released last week there are many publishers larger than the US publishers which get the most press.
*+-Over the past two months Amazon has been supporting their very public and very rough book contract negotiations with a subtle media campaign which has kept indies on the sideline. By saying little and letting the publishers leak details, Amazon has avoided giving indies a reason to join sides with the major publishers that Amazon… Read More »
*+-When German publishers filed a copyright licensing complaint against Google last week, I pointed out that the publishers had a weak case in their demands that Google pay them 11% of its revenues. They had already given Google permission to use their snippets and links for free, thus rendering any demands for payment moot. Apparently… Read More »
*+-Earlier this week I reported on a coalition of major German publishers which had filed a lawsuit against Google. The publishers wanted to be paid for the privilege of being listed in Google’s search results, and after a similar legislative effort didn’t succeed this year decided to pursue the issue in court.
*+-Not satisfied with simply getting free advertising from search engines like Google, media companies in one country after another have tried time after time to force Google to pay for all the visitors that Google sends to their websites. This idea has been tried in Germany, Belgium, and France, and it is currently being considered… Read More »