The Week in Publishing

by J Tanner

Catch up on the industry news and opinion you may have missed this week.

Trade Publishing

  • The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed they’re now looking into whether the major trade publisher’s Agency pricing model for e-books imposed on online bookstores amounts to improper collusion. This follows a similar announcement in Europe and piles on to the rash of private lawsuits making the same claim.
  • After reading a disgruntled rant by a entrepreneur/author new to trade publishing about his experiences, Kris Rusch muses first about the fact that his experience was actually better than usual, and then about what authors can do within the system to help improve it for the future since she basically agrees that business as usual for trade publishing isn’t good enough.
  • Publishers breaking out fancy design elements to differentiate hardbacks from ebooks.

The New World of Publishing

  • Chuck Wendig is both spot on and hilarious in his post on the reasons you should NOT self-publish your work.
  • Amazon announced KDP Select which gives KDP publishers the ability to participate in the Kindle Lending Library and schedule short periods of free pricing for promotion in exchange for 90 days of exclusive distribution of said book. Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware comments here.

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