Simon and Schuster inks deal with Amazon: Publisher will control ebook prices

Originally posted on Shelf Life:

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Simon & Schuster has signed a new multiyear contract with Amazon that gives the publisher nearly full autonomy over ebook pricing. Both dealmakers appear to be pleased with the agreement, going into effect Jan. 1, 2015. S&S chief executive Carolyn Reidy said in a letter obtained by The New York Times that the deal “is economically advantageous for both Simon & Schuster and its authors and maintains the author’s share of income generated from eBook sales.” The publisher will gain control over determining the prices of its authors’ ebooks, “with some limited exceptions,” according to the letter. Amazon, for example, can still offer some discount deals.

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Amazon and S&S Agree Terms. Who’s The Bad Guy Again?

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

s&sSimon & Schuster has agreed a multi-year deal with Amazon covering both e-books and print books. Business Insider reported that negotiations only took three weeks and were concluded two months before the original contract expired.

I’m confused, does this mean the end of literary culture or not? Someone needs to run up to Douglas Preston’s quaint writer shack to find out. (If you get lost, it’s at the back of his 400-acre estate).

It also begs a question: what exactly is Hachette holding out for? As everyone knows at this point, Hachette’s contract with Amazon expired in March and the two parties have been unable to agree a deal since.

The narrative being pushed by the media was that Amazon’s desired terms would harm Hachette and its authors, yet Simon & Schuster was able to agree a contract very quickly which CEO Carolyn Reidy called a “positive development.” She characterized the…

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Not My Review: Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons (1932)

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The e-reader lives a lonely life, and the nice Kindle Voyage won’t change that

Originally posted on Gigaom:

There’s a stack of e-readers sitting on the coffee table in my apartment. From bottom to top: A broken Nook, an old Kindle Touch, a first-generation Kindle Paperwhite and, as of this week, a review unit of the Kindle Voyage — Amazon’s latest e-reader, which starts at a whopping $199.

I read about two books a week, but the e-readers don’t get a lot of love around here. When I went to turn on the Kindle Touch and Kindle Paperwhite to compare them to the Kindle Voyage, I discovered that both had run out of battery at some point, and I had to recharge them. The broken Nook belonged to my husband, and when it finally stopped working he decided to start reading on his iPad instead of upgrading to one of the other e-readers we already owned.

Sad stack o' readers.

Sad stack o’ readers. Photo by Laura Owen

This isn’t about…

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The Super-Slim Kindle Voyage Is A Great Travel Companion

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

In 1935, Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon founded Penguin Books, a company dedicated to producing high-quality, small-format paperback books for the world market. These small, well-made little books introduced some amazing fiction, philosophy, classical thought and spiritualism to a hungry audience, and the low price made it easy to build a library of amazing titles that could fit into a milk crate. Penguin, it can be argued, brought about an intellectual sea change, bringing us both the post-war writers of note and, in another direction, the Beats and the spiritual riot of the 1960s.

Why was Penguin so popular? And why is the 6-inch Kindle Voyage its emotional successor? Both revolutionized the physical notion of books.

In Penguin’s case, the medium was truly the message, and the writing inside the small, pocketable books allowed for portability and encouraged collection. In the Kindle Voyage’s case, Amazon has created a…

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Not My Review: Ordinary by Michael Horton

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Not My Review: The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns

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Not My Review: Homespun Gospel, by Todd Brenneman

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