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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-10 05:36
Subject: [publishing] Hello? Amazon? Is this thing on?
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Tags:amazonfail, publishing
No new wisdom on Amazon, Macmillan or ebooks today, but I still haven't seen any public statements from Amazon beyond the original, laughable unsigned note on the Kindle boards. The media lovefeast for them goes on of course, albeit tapering off now, with the Amazon-biased "price increase" narrative almost completely dominant.

Did I miss something? I still wonder if this round is over.

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houseboatonstyx
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2010-02-10 18:11 (UTC)
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I'm puzzled that Macmillan hasn't bothered to correct the 'price increase' narrative. It would be easy and reasonable for them to put out an ad in some consumer venues about upcoming lower prices on their backlist etc.
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Laurel Amberdine: sky
User: amberdine
Date: 2010-02-10 18:34 (UTC)
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I've been trying to figure out when the new pricing model goes into effect (if it's not already).
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houseboatonstyx
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2010-02-10 19:38 (UTC)
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Iirc, one of Macmillan's statements talked about new terms beginning in March, but I don't know what that covered. Of course they may still be negotiating on the amounts.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-10 21:51 (UTC)
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Given the generalized silence even from Macmillan senior staff, I suspect this is still a very active issue.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-02-10 22:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting long piece yesterday in the Financial Times. Possibly the most thorough piece of mass media reporting on the subject. The main point was that book publishing is now going through what music went through.
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