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Shocking WSJ Discovery: Higher Prices=Lower Volume!

This piece by Barry Eisler originally appeared as a guest post on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing on 8/4/15. Barry Eisler here. Joe, thanks as always for the guest slot. I was going to mock this Wall Street Journal article somewhere, and there’s no better place than A Newbie’s Guide for that… So okay, today […]

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Soliloquy on Book Prices (or How I Learned To Love eBooks)

This post by Greta van der Rol originally appeared on her site on 5/17/15. You know how sometimes things you’ve been reading/talking about kind of merge? That happened to me this morning. Somewhere I read about author earnings and the cost of books. Somewhere else I wrote an article about the power of the franchise […]

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How to Price Your Work on Amazon

This post originally appeared on Writer’s Circle. So you’ve decided to publish a book on Amazon (and hopefully read our helpful guide for doing so). Before those pages hit the presses – or the Kindles – you’ll need to price your work on Amazon, and we’re here with a bit of advice on finding the […]

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May 2015 Author Earnings Report

This post originally appeared on Author Earnings in 5/15. Welcome to the May 2015 Author Earnings Report. This is our sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales, with data taken on over 200,000 bestselling ebooks. With each report over the past year and a half, we have come to see great consistency in our results, but there is always […]

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‘Who Decided Our Worth?’ Do Free Books Give Away Authors’ Value?

This post by Porter Anderson originally appeared on Thought Catalog on 1/28/15. ‘There’s Something Badly Wrong’ For those following the industry! the industry! in its digital melodrama, tossing books to the crowd free is not new. But the question of whether today’s plethora of free offers may devalue books and/or authors in readers’ minds is […]

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The Self-Publishing Sky is Not Falling

This post by James Scott Bell originally appeared on The Kill Zone on 1/11/15. Toward the end of last year a meme started to develop, asserting that the salad days of self-publishing are over. Only spotty hors d’oeuvres remain. One blogger put it this way: I’ve been luckier than many Indie writers. I heard the […]

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Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here's How to Succeed

This post by Mark Coker originally appeared on the Smashwords Blog on 11/19/14. First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for your ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart […]

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Why the Amazon–Hachette Deal Is Likely Good for Writers and Publishers

This article by Vauhini Vara originally appeared on The New Yorker on 11/14/14. The end of the months-long impasse between Amazon and Hachette over e-book pricing was a bit anticlimactic for those who had been watching the drama unfold. For months, the companies and their supporters had been accusing each other of bad behavior, warped […]

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Big Publisher Bashing Again With Fictional Facts

Today we present two opposing viewpoints from industry professionals regarding the Amazon/Hachette dispute. This post by Mike Shatzkin originally appeared on The Shatzkin Files on 9/14/14, and was written in rebuttal to the Clay Shirky piece we are also sharing today (link to the full Shirky’s post included immediately below). The estimable Clay Shirky has […]

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Amazon, Publishers and Readers

Today we present two opposing viewpoints from industry professionals regarding the Amazon/Hachette dispute. This post by Clay Shirky originally appeared on Medium on 9/12/14. In the current fight between Amazon and the publisher Hachette over the price of ebooks and print-on-demand rights, Amazon’s tactics are awful, the worst possible in fact: They are denying readers […]

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In Defense of Amazon

This post by Neal Pollack originally appeared on Slate on 9/2/14. I’m a writer, and my experience with this supposedly evil corporate behemoth has been fantastic. Last August, Amazon flew about 80 writers on its Thomas & Mercer mystery and thriller imprint—including me—to Seattle for a conference. They put us up at the Westin downtown, […]

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What Does Amazon/Hachette Have to Do With Me?

This post by Barry Eisler originally appeared on his blog on 8/9/14. In connection with the $100,000 ad some reactionary authors bought to run in tomorrow’s New York Times, Amazon has sent a letter to its self-published authors. It’s a good read, with some interesting historical context, for anyone who values low-priced ebooks and fair royalties for […]

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Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch In Conversation With J.A. Konrath

This post by J.A. Konrath originally appeared on his A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing blog on 8/1/14. Joe: Yesterday I fisked Mike Shatkin, who openly brags he doesn’t read my blog, and has removed my comments from his blog because he felt them too long. I also fisked Michael Cader from Publishers Lunch. Cader, however, […]

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Amazon Speaks: We Want Lower eBook Prices from Hachette

This post by Nate Hoffelder originally appeared on The Digital Reader on 7/21/14. Amazon hasn’t said much concerning their ongoing contract dispute with the French media conglomerate Lagardère and its US publishing subsidiary Hachette, and today the retailer broke their silence with what is only their third official statement (not counting the leaked letter). Like […]

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Kindle Book Pricing and How the Big Guys Don’t Get It.

This post by Dennis Blanchard originally appeared on the K1YPP blog on 7/10/14. I love to read. For some reason, as a young reader, I missed many of the classics. I’ve made up for lost time over the years by “catching up.” Books like The Catcher In The Rye, Of Mice And Men, White Fang […]

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