Amazon Gets Pissy, Pulls Macmillan Titles

The e-Book pricing wars are upon us.

Having a bit of trouble purchasing a Macmillan published title from Amazon? You’re not the only. Macmillan titles can still be purchased from third party vendors, but you won’t find any shipping from the Amazon warehouse.

According to the NYT, a bitter feud between Amazon and publishers over …

YouTube Enters the Movie Business, Redesigns

Talk about burying the lede. In a blog post about the Sundance Film Festival, YouTube slipped in that they’re going to offer rentals of five Sundance faves as a first step into the movie rental business. YouTube’s been long-rumored to be interested in this space, but its a crowded one: iTunes has offered video rentals since 2008, Amazon …

Amazon Launches The Kindle Dev Kit (aka Kindle App Store)

With Appleā€™s looming Tablet launch next week and its rumored e-book deals, e-book giant Amazon is on full alert. Just yesterday, Amazon announced that it would be restructuring its royalty rates and now the NYT is reporting that Amazon is set to announce a Kindle app store today.

So what does a Kindle app store entail? Well, it …

Amazon Increases Royalty Rates for Kindle

Amazon is stepping up to the Apple plate by announcing that it will introduce a 70% royalty option program to authors and publishers.

Amazon recently announced their Digital Text Program, which it bills as “a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets you upload and format your books for sale in the Kindle Store.”

Is it a …

The Nook: Maybe Not a Huge Disaster for Amazon

Now we have nooks and vooks, I’m going to go trademark wook and pook just in case.

This thing does look pretty cool. (And by the way, who built it? Can’t be internally developed.) I wonder whether Bezos is jumping up and down on his fedora right now. Or I mean, he is, but how hard? For the obligatory contrarian viewpoint, read …

Authors vs. Critics — Round One, FFFFight!

Sorry about the recent posting rate. It has been teh infrequent. This is not the shape of things to come. The shape of things to come is more about giant global ant colonies.

Now for an off-topic post, because I feel like I have to say something about the completely mental interactions that are going on between authors and critics …

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