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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-03 05:56
Subject: [publishing] A summation of my posts on Amazon vs Macmillan
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Tags:amazonfail, links, publishing
Saturday, January 30th

Link salad awakens to Amazon's latest idiocyjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — The first rumblings.

Bug off, Bezos. And take your damned bookstore with you.jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — In which I come out strong and swinging hard, to lay down my basic position. Nothing that has happened since has caused me any reason to alter my fundamental objection to Amazon's bullying of writers through the withdrawal of the print titles. I do wonder if I've set myself up for some blacklisting. That would be utterly consistent with their behavior so far. (Some interesting comments in both iterations of this post.)

Three more comments on Amazon and Google Booksjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — My comment about the perception of authors seems to have been sadly prescient, at least in some circles.

Sunday, January 31st

More on the Amazon vs Macmillan problemjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Including a link to Macmillan USA CEO John Sargent's statement of last Saturday.

The nuts and bolts of Amazon vs Macmillanjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Links to people smarter than I, giving some very sharp business summations.

Amazon blinkedjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — The idiotic Kindle board letter, which appeared to have been written by a twelve year old without advice of PR, legal counsel or shareholder relations. Except they didn't. Not yet. That was Sunday, this is Wednesday, no further official statement, no change in the book sale listings. And very oddly, five days later as of Wednesday morning, this piece of jolly, self-serving tripe remains Amazon's only public comment on the matter.

Monday, February 1st

Amazon's Kindle readers, and the capitulation letterjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Comments on what I've been seeing on the Kindle boards. Plus I give the Amazon letter a thorough fisking. Click to this one if you want to see my deconstruction of the tripe.

A few links and notes on Amazon vs Macmillanjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — In which I discuss, among other things, significant misperceptions about authors which seem to abound among people mad at Macmillan for this fracas.

Tuesday, February 2nd

An open letter to Kindle enthusiasts and ebook activistsjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — My response to the Kindle board. (A flood of interesting comments in both iterations of this post.)

Amazon vs HarperCollins?jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Emboldened by Amazon's silence, and their massive slide in market cap, another player steps close to the sidelines.

The folly of buying used books as a protest against the publisherjlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Yet another response to the Kindle board.

Wednesday, February 3rd

Amazon and the price of silencejlake.com | LiveJournal ] — My view of Amazon's corporate communications strategy to date.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-03 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Depending on how nasty Mr Bezos is feeling, those have already been returned. Which of course, hurts the authors more.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-02-03 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thanks for the links
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-02-03 16:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the summation. It's amazing the kind of crap that goes down when I spend four days away from the Internet...
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User: cj_ruby
Date: 2010-02-04 00:06 (UTC)
Subject: misperceptions about authors
I started to comment, but it turned into a post instead.
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