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June 24th, 2008

Was Kindle Designed To Aid Amazon’s Market Discipline?

Or did Hachette simply piss off the “boss” by preparing to offer books in the right format for the Sony Reader? This might be a long one - resources aplenty on this topic :)
Doreen Carvahal wrote in The NY Times recently;
Small Publishers Feel Power of Amazon’s ‘Buy’ Button
In the latest in a series of disputes […]

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June 23rd, 2008

Bush Administration Wants To Track All Your Electronic Transactions!

And there are still any of you in favor of the compromised FISA??? Good Grief… you’ve lost grip, seriously.
H/T to Ina Steiner once again. As you read, notice that this was snuck into and hidden within, legislation without any of “us” knowing it! Thanks to Adam Brandon at Freedomworks.
Senate Housing Bill Requires eBay, Amazon, Google, […]

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May 27th, 2008

I Don’t Want To Use Your Da** Printer!!!

Your printer has screwed up my works in the past and was not amenable to discussion about it. Your printer cost me money and reputation by their actions when they screwed up my works with their mistakes. I don’t want to use them! This is the US of A and I have the right to […]

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April 28th, 2008

How Successful Are Boycotts - Really?

May 1st is the date!
Sellers say they’ll boycott eBay and now writers will be boycotting Amazon.
Funny, but I find the news about Amazon strange. On one hand some say they’re “Standing Tall” and on another hand others say their Stock is Losing Ground. Causing wonder and amazement :) Actually it appears that profit margins are […]

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April 24th, 2008

Might Makes Right - Amazon/Booksurge/Nation

Therein lies the overriding, lawless attitude and it has sadly pervaded our society because the powers that be are in full accord. What is a writer or home worker to do? We’ll figure it out! There is an answer, somewhere. In the mean time…
Reminded by “Author” at Deborah Woehr’s post, that Might Makes Right is […]

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April 17th, 2008

Barnes and Noble [There Are Others]

Although I personally do not know if this is a viable alternative to Amazon I thought it would be an idea to post information that might be of help…
Getting Started With B&N;
If you are a publisher who would like to sell your books through Barnes & Noble.com, you must become a Vendor of Record with […]

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April 14th, 2008

All That “Stuff” In The Middle - The Writing?

Yeah, okay, we’re lost… officially.
From The New York Times;
He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)
“It’s not easy to write a book. First you have to pick a title. And then there is the table of contents. If you want the book to be categorized, either by a bookseller or a library, […]

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April 12th, 2008

I Enjoy Positive Thinkers - Do You?

Perhaps that title might be a bit misleading - or - not - this pertains specifically to the Amazon/Booksurge chaos but can be applied throughout all of life…
Angela Hoy has published comments in response to her follow-up article about the Amazon “policy” changes. (Has anyone noticed all these policy changes by the hot shots large, […]

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April 8th, 2008

Heightened Awareness Re: Amazon Books

It no doubt was in the works ahead of the recent flap over Amazon and POD, but the flap raises the awareness of what could be construed as competition. And - why not? Competition is good. (If it really exists).
Stefanie Olsen tells us;
Eco Amazon.com rival brings in millions
“Better World Books, an online retailer that resells […]

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April 1st, 2008

Amazon POD [Pause and Relax A Moment]

Might I suggest stepping back for just a moment or two and giving Amazon’s open letter some consideration…
They are trying to account for their actions. A better idea might have been to explain the change prior to implementation, but, what the hey. Mark Riffey’s right - “Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to contact […]

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March 28th, 2008

Deal Breaker? Amazon - BookSurge - POD - No Choice?

Duncan says: “Amazon has announced that it will only sell print-on-demand books printed by its own print-on-demand service BookSurge.”
I didn’t see his source for the announcement so I did a little digging…
Jumped over to Crunchbase and found a link to Techmeme then another link to paidContent and finally found reference there to WritersWeekly. I might […]

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