In the News: ebooks, ebooks, ebooks

Amazon pays only 18% on certain titles thanks to their delivery fees…another way to stick it to the author? Thanks to The Digital Reader for posing it.

For as long as Amazon has been selling ebooks internationally they’ve also been quietly padding the prices in certain countries. This isn’t something you can see in the KDP support pages, and it’s not something you can see listing pages for the Kindle Store (unless you look for it deliberately). But they are being tacked on, and Amazon still hasn’t explained the charges adequately.

I like the title of this Publisher’s Weekly post. E-books up in a down March. Catchy. If a tad confusing at first glance.

Sales fell in all print segments except children’s in March, according to AAP’s Monthly StatShot released Friday morning. Sales in the children’s/young adult segment rose 46.6% in March led by a 173.9% increase in e-book sales (to a still relatively small $19.3 million) and a 59.3% gain in hardcover sales at the houses that report sales to the AAP. Sales of adult e-books increased 33.2% in the month, to $86.3 million, at reporting publishers. Overall, sales of adult trade books fell 11.6% in March at reporting publishers.


I don’t consider 150 comments voluminious, but I suppose the DoJ has different standards. DoJ Has Received 150 Comments on E-book Case

Explaining that it has received a “voluminous” amount of comments regarding the e-book price-fixing charges it filed against Apple and five publishers, the Department of Justice has asked Judge Denise Cote to allow the department to bypass print publication of the letters in the Federal Register in favor of posting them on the antitrust division Web site along with printing the address of the site in the Register. According to the DoJ, it has already received over 150 letters totaling about 200 pages and expects “a similar or greater” amount before the comment period expires on June 25. Cost of printing the letters received to date would be over $100,000, the DoJ said, and both sides have agreed to forgo print publication.


About K. Reed

Romance author with a twist. Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead. A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the dystopian world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England. Luckily she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic storylines and great locale pictures, but for now she’ll stick to the east coast and the internet. @kreedauthor
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4 Responses to In the News: ebooks, ebooks, ebooks

  1. Well, this is worrisome. I guess part of it can be explained by taxes, import fees, etc., but a $2 different between two European countries seems a little extreme. It’s an electronic file, not a physical book. I wonder when Amazon will be called to task for this?

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