Smashwords has a post on preorders and how effectively they boost sales.
David Gaughran cautions practices that increase piracy, practices that many media companies (I’m thinking of books and video games) seem to have taken not only as best practice, but overall strategy.
Hugh Howey posted a video on the next Author Earnings Report. It takes a little bit to get to the point (around the five minute mark) but what it gets down to is they’ll have a new report come the 19th of May. It sounds like Hugh’s estimate was off…but we’ll see if that was good or bad.
He also published a piece about Hachette and Amazon’s latest squabble. He makes a really great point about few people making a big deal about this when Barnes and Noble was doing it with Simon & Schuster. Anyone in business will know that this type of back and forth between business and suppliers is common practice. It usually doesn’t get to this level, but this is nothing. Believe me when I say, businesses have done worse.
ideatrash has a post on net neutrality. For it? Against it? Just make sure you’re paying attention, because it could affect you.
In that same vein of though, Joe Konrath has a post on why Copyright needs to be updated. Copyright is a tricky thing and I don’t always know how I feel. You have certain rising stars who made their fame by allowing, even encouraging, copyright breaches. Then you have reports of countries where no one can make money because there absolutely no ability to make a product (though, my inability to find a link to back that up might be proof that is a dwindling argument…)
Everyone have a great weekend. Don’t know about you but I’m going to be getting to some writing thats a long time coming.