Macmillan vs. Amazon, round-up

Everyone and their mama has written about the knock-down, drag-out between Macmillan and Amazon. But just for posterity’s sake, I have collected the links that kept me refreshing my browser all weekend and into today.

A prescient piece by Sarah at The New Sleekness calling for a group strategy around ebook prices and reminding us that an ebook is a “mass market paperback, plain and simple”

NYT’s coverage on Friday

The Twitterverse response

The paid PW letter from Macmillan CEO John Sargent

Dear Author’s Jane standing up for readers, questioning the legality of Macmillan’s move, and rounding up a few links herself

MIRA author MJ Rose reminds us that readers were completely left out of the brouhaha, and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books’ Sarah reasserted where readers’ final loyalties lay: with the authors they love.

The tangentially related Washington Post article stating what any self-respecting publishing person should know: readers want books to be good, cheap and easy

Ebooknewser’s affirmation that yes, reader’s like the $9.99 price point

Digital Book World’s link round-up of author responses to the debate, mostly on the side of Team Macmillan

Author Charlie Stross’ very informative take on how this debate is really about how the publishing ecosystem is trying to evolve in a digital age

Booksquare’s Kassia Krozser warning publishers that if they want to charge a print-volume-like fee for ebooks then the quality will also have to improve, for story and production

Indie author April Hamilton argues that authors may need to side with Team Amazon

DBW’s Guy Lecharles Gonzalez providing the “you win” letter from Amazon and saying what we all should know already, “Welcome to the new world of publishing. Everything you thought you knew about the business is going to be upended.”

And, finally, two post-mortems that concentrate on the communications issues (and mistakes?) made by both players. One from Macmillan author John Scalzi, and one from Ami at The New Sleekness

1 Response to “Macmillan vs. Amazon, round-up”


  1. 1 Tamara Sellman for Writer's Rainbow February 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    http://writersrainbow.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/one-response-to-the-authors-guild-regarding-macmillan-v-amazon/

    From the POV of new writers trying to break into publishing, this is the Tale of Two Vultures with different colored feathers.

    Thanks for the round up.

    TKS/Writer’s Rainbow


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