Being abused by Amazon

Some people want to abuse you. Some people want to be abused. —Annie Lennox And now Colin Robinson of OR Books reveals a little something more about Amazon’s relationships to publishers in yesterday’s Huffington Post. You’ll see a parallel here between Robinson’s approach to the Amazon monopoly and the growing… Read more“Being abused by Amazon”

Swinging between Amazon and Apple with the ebook publishers

You’ve got to give Jeff Bezos credit for cojones, if not business savvy. The guy still hasn’t learned to stay off the trapeze without a net. Motoko Rich of the NY Times and Christina Warren of Mashable both report this week that Amazon is back to swinging wildly from the… Read more“Swinging between Amazon and Apple with the ebook publishers”

Eating the omelet

Two more links, and then I’m done with this Amazon-MacMillan-Apple three-way patty-cake until someone—I don’t know what—launches their opponent into outer space on a rocket or something. The Guardian. Yes, that’s in London. Venessa Miemis at Emergent by Design. And I am RIGHT NOW writing the post to announce the… Read more“Eating the omelet”

Making an omelet out of the news

MacMillan (including Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, St. Martin’s Press, and Henry Holt) is going head-to-head with Amazon over pricing, with the result that Apple’s sudden appearance with a more flexible price structure has tipped the scale. Although the “news” is that Amazon has pulled MacMillan books from its store, I’m… Read more“Making an omelet out of the news”

Blowing your mind in October

You’ll notice that today we’re blowing our minds with a certain amount of advice on screenwriting. Yes, screenwriting is a close enough cousin to fiction that the serious fiction writer can take enormous assistance from screenwriting advice, without the extra hassle of having to deal with Hollywood. Alexandra Sokoloff uses… Read more“Blowing your mind in October”