I posted in one of my past Sharing the Wealth posts about a lawsuit that saw a publisher, HarperCollins, successfully argue in court that another publisher, Open Road, did not have the right to publish one of their books in ebook format, even though HarperCollins themselves had not provided any language in their contract with the author giving them that right. Now they are asking for an injunction to stop the sale of the book while the legalities (and hopefully, the appeal) are worked out. More than that, PG has a great legal analysis of the situation.
TeleRead reports from the latest Author Earnings report, that a debut author has more earning potential with indie publishing than traditional.
They also have a post on why Myindependentbookshop.co.uk is not an independent source for finding books. They also discuss the ineptitude of publishing consultants. Topics include windowing, the agency model, and stalling ebook releases to sell hardbacks. Hilarity ensues.
The Guardian says self-publishing is simply a reaction, not a revolution. On the one hand, I would call that bullshit. On the other, that’s actually pretty correct…especially since every revolution in history has in fact been a reaction to a situation. American, French, Industrial, they were rebellions against old thinking and new practices.
Salon, who has a tendency to be as stupid as the Guardian, has this.
Okay, so that’s my general news for the week. Now, because the whole Amazon VS Hachette thing has been pretty busy all week, I have a whole section dedicated to it. I have two posts, here and here, but the following is my cap on the end of the week.
The Watershed Chronicle has one of my favorites, calling out Hachette on their supposed/alleged/feigned concern for authors.
Tobias Bucknell posted about Amazon abusing authors, citing Mark Coker’s argument that indie authors will be in a bad position in the future. I’ve already expressed my opinion on this, as has Hugh Howey, but David Gaughran has an unrelated post that I think rebutts this rather well. He call into question why it is the media, and those like Bucknell, have been so quick to jump on the Amazon VS Hachette debate, citing future author abuse, yet have completely ignored the situation with Author Solutions, where current abuse is occurring.
PG shares a post from the Atlantic, which states Amazon is putting itself in the position to control ideas. This is a legitimiate concern, to a degree, similar to what has been levied against Google in the past. Of course, Amazon has routinely showed pure objectivity to its search utilization, and will take anyone’s money no matter who they bow to, what color they may be, or who they fuck. Unless it’s kids, in which case they bring the hammer down pretty hard (though if I remember correctly, the controversy there was that they didn’t censor this offensive material fast enough).
Digital Book World (specifically Jeremey Greenfield) has stated that Hachette can beat Amazon by pulling their books and having their authors run aggressive campaigns to urge their customers to buy elsewhere. So…why haven’t they done that yet? And what, exactly, is a new author supposed to do? Because the publisher certainly isn’t going to help.
Hachette has launched a dedicated bookshop on BooksAMillion.com. Good luck with that.