The Week in Publishing

by J Tanner

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

Trade Publishing

  • Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, goes on the record with the Justice Department in favor of keeping agency pricing regardless of whether collusion occurred and explains why it’s good for authors, publishers, and consumers.
  • Apple is rumored to be adverse to settling the antitrust case the Justice Department is considering.

The New World of Publishing

  • Self-publishing superstars Amanda Hocking and John Locke have had very different results (respectively, fantastic and far below expectations) as their books debuted through trade publishers. EL James is now making the same transition and is poised to perhaps surpass even Hocking’s success.
  • The IndieBound Reader app allows independent bookstores to compete directly with Amazon on e-book sales (…by selling readers Google e-books.)
  • …and shortly after writing that I find this story that the underlying Google program that makes it possible is coming to an end early next year. Sorry, bookstores!


  • The Seattle Times goes full hatchet on Amazon in a multi-part series on the company’s business practices. Index of all the articles here.

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