Whew. What a mess goin’ on with Amazon vs Macmillan, if the press/blog-o-sphere is to be believed (and I have no reason not to believe it). Tough part is I can kind of see the reasoning behind both sides’ actions.
Making Light’s Teresa Nielsen Hayden (also on BoingBoing regarding the (latest) Amazon debacle. She seems to say, in part, that the industry uses that best-seller money to continue publishing the midlist and the oddball books that I (in particular) love. I understand that. Editors are not doing this crazy stuff that’s happening. But the bean counters who are probably DOING all this machination don’t care about books. To them, a book is a widget to move in return for profit. I knew this would eventually happen once the publishing companies started being run mostly for profits, after all the consolidation. (sigh)
Many people have closed their Amazon accounts and say they will never get a Kindle because of this price dispute and the attempted power grab(s). Just my luck . . . I jinxed the Kindle by putting books on it! Hey, I am powerful? Wanna see me pull a rabbit out of my hat? Nothin’ up my sleeve except this fancy arm with the flyin’ fingers! And maybe a couple of extra aces left over from last night’s game! Whoopsie!
And here’s an update on the big old mess that’s the Google Books Settlement.
Whoever/whatever it was has stopped tweeting/squeaking now, BTW. That means I don’t have to know right away if something’s amiss. Yay for blissful denial!