Just like the titillating iPhone apps before them, erotic e-novellas are now under attack by The Man, “The Man” being Steve Jobs, who does not want your dirty desires soiling the pure aesthetics of his technology.
So speculates The Telegraph, at least:
Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story was ranked Read More
Publishers have responded to Andrew Wylie’s plans to sell ebook editions of classic titles exclusively through Amazon: They are not pleased. Wylie’s decision to deal directly with Amazon in launching Odyssey Editions cut publishing houses out of the process entirely, staking out a bold position on the long-ambiguous question of backlist ebook rights. Random Read More
Andrew Wylie has made good on his threats: circumventing traditional publishers, he’s joined with Amazon to offer Odyssey Editions, Kindle-only e-books for “Iconic Books of 20th Century Literature.” The e-book version of twenty works by Wylie clients—including John Updike, Philip Roth, and Vladimir Nabokov—will be available exclusively through Amazon for the next Read More
One of the apparent glories of ebooks is the democratization of publishing: if you’ve got a book, you can cheaply self-publish. But wait! What will happen when there are no editorial gatekeepers to protect readers from sub-Stephenie-Meyer prose?
At Salon, Laura Miller paints this picture of the ebook future:
It seriously messes Read More
Amazon has dropped the price of a basic Kindle to $189. Like much pertaining to ebooks, this is interesting but not, you know, THRILLING. It isn’t quite the “paperback Kindle” (no frills, super cheap) that Seth Godin recently proposed–but a step in that direction, maybe?
The jig is up: no more will free books top Amazon’s Kindle bestseller list.
Publishers Weekly reports today that the site will start running a separate list for free titles:
After Amazon splits its lists, writers may soon find more competition-and potentially less payoff-for getting to the top of the Read More
Steve Jobs, wizardlike figure of awe and marvel, and his magical iPad: What do they mean for publishing? Ken Auletta explores this question in the most recent New Yorker.
Following the pricing showdown between Macmillan and Amazon over Kindle ebook sales, Apple looked like the good guy in the publishing world. But Read More