Is this another anti-Amazon Smokescreen from Publishing’s Big Boys?

Is there a smokescreen being created by publishers as Amazon threatens POD for out of print titles? A book should never go out of print! Surely this is the publisher’s obligation to keep their back-list available and a move to POD for titles which have ran their course with a publisher is a simple and effective solution to keeping books in the hands of readers and author’s fans. There was an argument which I saw recently that some publishers are worried because the quality of POD is inferior.

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#FutureChat recap: Can publishers compete with Amazon?

When we asked The FutureBook readers to add their voices to a week already loud with news of Amazon, our live #FutureChat discussion turned out to be a fine warm-up for the next Bookseller essay-writing competition (deadline 18 July):

Can publishers compete with Amazon?

The tone of the group's lively conversation was less contentious than pointed, as in author Heather Sunseri's comments: Read more »

Forget the Rubicon: #FutureChat crosses the Amazon

Each Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
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Amazon's dramatic shift

Amazon is seeking a ‘dramatic’ shift in terms, according to Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry. The word slipped out during Nourry’s presentation at parent company Lagardere’s investor day, held on 28th May. Read more »

FutureBook Hack was a legal high for publishing

As I emerged blinking from into Torrington Street W.1 at 430pm from the UK's first ever #FutureBookHack I felt a kind of elation about the future of the publishing industry that I hadn't felt for some time.
 
I also felt exhausted -  32 hours earlier I had been helping my son Jack with stocking fridges with essential supplies, unloading a mountain of beanbags from a white van and plugging in seemingly hundreds of extension cables. Hackers apparently march on their stomachs, require soft padding for their posteriors and need to be constantly connected. Read more »

Publishing's southerly migration at BEA

And gnashing of teeth

"The sound of silence" has never muted the industry! the industry! Read more »

The sound of silence

The continuing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette show how much heat can be generated from so little information. The known facts are these: Amazon has downgraded some Hachette Book Group USA titles as the duo tussle over new terms agreements. The assumption is that Hachette’s revised agency contract, as dictated to by the Department of Justice, and put in place two years ago, is now up for re-negotiation. Read more »

The Frustrations of Being an Independent Publisher or Why Amazon is Actually Saving Independent Publishing

I have read a heck of a lot of posts talking about the evil entity that is Amazon and how Amazon is destroying publishing. From my perspective this couldn't be further from the truth. Sure Amazon has been allowed to gain a strong foothold on publishing. I choose my words carefully - it has been allowed - allowed by publishers and authors.  Read more »

Welcome to the new boring.

What will happen when Amazon grows up? At the moment the Seattle Godzilla is still firmly entrenched in adolescence. Revenues may be massive but profit remains a shaky concept and too much emphasis is still placed on disruption. Even if it no longer seems all that disruptive any more. Read more »