the DOJ's lawsuit continues

The Fallout Continues: DOJ Lawsuit Means Amazon Will Slash eBook Prices; States Sue For Restitution

News by Rob Hart April 12, 2012
Amazon is preparing to slash eBook prices so it can sell more Kindles and lock in customers. Meanwhile, state attorneys general are looking for restitution on overpriced eBooks.
Department of Justice will sue Apple

UPDATE: U.S. Department Of Justice Is Suing Apple And Publishers Over eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart
Looks like settlement talks have collapsed--the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five of the Big Six publishers for colluding on eBook pricing, charging that the agency model is anti-consumer.
Does Amazon Studios take advantage of writers?

Amazon Wants To Get Into The Movie Business, But Is That Good Or Bad For Writers?

News by Rob Hart
Amazon is soliciting scripts, pitches and test movies, with an eye toward developing content--but there are questions about whether the program takes advantage of writers.
espanol eBooks

Amazon Opens Spanish-Language eBook Store Con Todos Los Libros Para Nora Roberts

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 5, 2012
Rejoice, Spanish speaking individuals! Amazon has finally rolled out an all-Español Kindle section, complete with trashy Harlequin novels and English classics like 'Pride and Prejudice.'
The Kindle store is broken...

UPDATED: Amazon Kindle Store In Throes Of Huge Outage

News by Rob Hart March 27, 2012
For nearly an hour today, you couldn't buy any eBooks from Amazon. Considering they control a lion's share of the market, they just lost a lot of sales--and maybe some faith from the consumer?
France Considers A Tax On Amazon

France Considers A Tax On Amazon To Protect Indie Bookstores

News by Rob Hart March 22, 2012
The French Ministry of Culture is proposing a tax on digital stores like Amazon--with plans to pass the money to smaller, struggling companies, like indie bookstores.

My Kindle Experiment: How Easy Is Amazon's Self-Publishing Platform?

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 21, 2012
Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing makes profiting from a book or novel seem ridiculously easy. I've got an unpublished manuscript that I'm willing to sacrifice, so let's see just how simple this is.
 Is Amazon Killing Literature

Friday Discussion: Is Amazon Killing Literature By Selling Tons Of Books?

News by Rob Hart March 16, 2012
J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler dissect the Authors Guild response to the Justice Department's proposed eBooks lawsuit. It is very interesting.
Sales Of Kindle Singles Pass 2 Million

Sales Of Kindle Singles Pass 2 Million

News by Rob Hart
Amazon's Kindle Singles program has moved 2 million units in 14 months, raising the question of whether we should be impressed.
Amazon pulls IPG Kindle Titles

Amazon Digitally Stomps Its Foot, Pulls 5,000 Kindle Titles Over Contract Terms With IPG

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 23, 2012
Amazon continues to strong-arm its way into improved sales at the cost of small publishers. They should go pick on someone their own size but... there really isn't anyone left.
Amazon's Retail Store

Amazon Is Opening An Actual, Real-Life Brick-and-Mortar Store

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 6, 2012
No longer content with putting real stores out of business as an online-only company, it seems Amazon has decided to spring for the overhead and open an actual store. Could it be true?
Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You

Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You

News by John Jarzemsky February 1, 2012
Barnes and Noble have decided not to stock Amazon published books on store shelves.
Is ePublishing The Next Bubble Industry?

Is ePublishing The Next Bubble Industry?

News by Rob Hart January 31, 2012
Scottish writer Ewan Morrison says the current rush to ePublish is like the dot-com bubble--and it's only a matter of time before it bursts.
Publishing Industry Afraid Of A Future Without Barnes & Noble

Publishing Industry Afraid Of A Future Without Barnes & Noble

News by Rob Hart January 30, 2012
The big publishing houses are watching Barnes & Noble with crossed-fingers--if the big-box bookseller falls victim to Amazon, it could mean bad things for the publishing industry.
Jan Brewer berates President; sales on book skyrocket

Arizona Governor's Book Surges After She Berates President Obama

News by Rob Hart January 27, 2012
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer got into an argument with President Obama, a tiff that propelled her book from 285,568 to 21 in the Amazon sales rankings--an increase of 1,350,000 percent.
Erotica Section of Amazon Rife with Plagiarism

Is Nothing Sacred? Self-Published Erotica Section of Amazon Rife with Plagiarism

News by John Jarzemsky January 26, 2012
Amazon's self-published erotica section is rife with plagiarism.
iBook publising restrictions

Apple's New Self-Publishing App Restricts Your Work To iBooks

News by Rob Hart
Apple's new iBooks Author app, which lets writers design and self-publish their books, comes with a major restriction--if you design your book in the app, you can only sell it in iBooks.
Apple Announcement: ibooks 2, itunes u, ibooks author

Apple Makes Some Major eBook Announcements: iBooks 2, iBooks Author, iTunes U

News by Rob Hart
Apple just made some major announcements for their eBook platform- creating apps for self-published authors, interactive textbooks and college classes.

Can't Everyone In The Publishing Industry Just Get Along?

Column by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
We spend a lot of time arguing over what's better--print vs. eBooks, traditional vs. self-publishing, indies vs. Amazon--but can't we just agree that both sides have their benefits?
Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin wants tax incentives for writers

Ian Rankin Calls For Tax Breaks For New Authors

News by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin calls for the United Kingdom to adopt tax incentives to support new writers, now that publishers are taking less risks and paying out less for advances.
Authors earning big on Kindle Lending Library

Royalties For Authors In The Kindle Lending Library Up 449 Percent

News by Rob Hart January 13, 2012
Authors who are participating in the Kindle Lending Library are seeing increased royalty payments, from a fund Amazon put aside to compensate them.
JA Konrath's sales numbers from Amazon

Author JA Konrath Makes $100,000 In Three Weeks On Self-Pubbed Books

News by Rob Hart January 12, 2012
Self-publishing advocate JA Konrath just posted his sales numbers for the past three weeks. He's earned $100,000. In three weeks. On self-published novels.
Harvard Bookstore video asks book-buyers to stop showrooming

Harvard Book Store Encourages People To Buy Where They Browse

News by Rob Hart January 12, 2012
The Harvard Book Store has put together a video that dissuades people from using bookstores as a showroom for Amazon.
James Franco will publish next book through Amazon

James Franco Signs With Amazon For Next Book

News by Rob Hart January 5, 2012
After publishing his first book through Scribner, James Franco will buck traditional publishing by putting out his next, 'Actors Anonymous', through Amazon.
iBooks press conference?

Rumored NYC Apple Event To Focus On eBooks And Sef-Publishing?

News by Rob Hart January 4, 2012
Apple is reportedly planning a press conference for the end of the month in New York City, and rumor is the focus will be digital publishing--possibly on digital textbooks and self-publishing.