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PR Fluff and Puff

We are all guilty of it. Terms such as 'hotly tipped literary sensation', 'bidding war bonanza' and 'the next JK Rowling' (Substitute any authors name you care for here, it depends on the genre – Stieg Larsson, Stephen King, EL James etc). These are no more than PR devices meant to engrain in the mind of the casual reader some element of worthiness to their next ‘must-have’ purchase. The same can be said to books which win awards. The reality is that even the Man Booker is no more than a bun fight in a tea shop. Read more »

The second wave

What do you do when digital adoption slows? Move on.

With e-book growth officially slowing now in both the US and UK, much of the talk at the pre-Frankfurt digital shows Publishers Launch and Contec was about where to go and what next? Read more »

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However hard I try to offer a balanced perspective on this market, I find myself once again back at Amazon, heaping praise on them. 

This weekend saw the launch of their first UK TV ad. Which is a minor triumph in itself. There are only so many Kindle ads with shiny happy Americans in bikinis us Brits can stomach.  Read more »

BRICKS are no use without Mortar

The financial market’s flirtation with alternative markets while the traditional markets are in decline appears to be coming to an end. For a while they almost had us all believing that the BRICK countries would be the new powerhouses of the world leading capitalism onwards on its feverish march forward, spreading wealth and improving lives of impoverished millions – billions. Read more »

Jeff Bezos Ate My Hamster

Sometimes you’re damned if you do, sometimes you’re damned if you don’t but if you’re Amazon it turns out you’re just damn well damned.

Look at these two headlines from the widely referenced Melville House blog.

 7th July 2013 - ‘Monopoly achieved: An invincible Amazon begins raising prices’ Read more »

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If agents are selling publishers to authors, does that mean publishers should pay agents commission?

In ye olde days it was simple. Publishers were the marketplace, their only competition was themselves and agents were the conduits through which authors reached publishers.

It was the agents’ job to enrich the feed before publishers selected the final elements to refine and use. It was all reassuringly linear and straightforward. Read more »

Book industry: stop moaning and be creative | @tom_chalmers

There was much applauding following the Booksellers’ Association’s call for the government to support bookshops against the looming giant of Amazon, which followed the French Government’s announced financial support of its bookshops.   Read more »

Do Publishers Need a Bigger Boat?

If HarperCollins does merge with Simon & Schuster will that be good news for writers? Or, for that matter, readers?

One possibility is that the acquisitions boom of the nineties/early noughties which was fuelled by the last big round of publishing mergers will be disinterred and it will be good times for authors again. Read more »

Is self publishing immoral?

You could be forgiven for thinking that it was given some of the recent coverage it has had. Read more »

Burning the Page - an instant review

I'll be honest, when I saw tweets yesterday mentioning a book from 'Kindle insider' Jason Merkoski I was rather excited. The initial interview on the New York Times' blog offered plenty of tantalising quotes. Read more »

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