Link salad awakens to Amazon's latest idiocy [ jlake.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 Books [ jlake.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 problem [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Including a link to Macmillan USA CEO John Sargent's statement of last Saturday.
The nuts and bolts of Amazon vs Macmillan [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Links to people smarter than I, giving some very sharp business summations.
Amazon blinked [ jlake.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 letter [ jlake.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 Macmillan [ jlake.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 activists [ jlake.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 publisher [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Yet another response to the Kindle board.
Wednesday, February 3rd
Amazon and the price of silence [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — My view of Amazon's corporate communications strategy to date.