Wed, 16/07/2014 - 09:30
Author Susan Hill is to publish a Kindle Single short story featuring her series detective Simon Serrailler, saying she prefers to self-publish in digital where she can "until all publishers play fair(er) on e-book prices".
Chatto & Windus will publish the eighth Serrailler novel, The Soul of Discretion, on...
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:40
Amazon is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allowing children to notch up millions of dollars of unauthorised purchases on their parents’ accounts by using its mobile app store.
Meanwhile, in separate developments, the American Authors' Guild has described Amazon's...
Thu, 10/07/2014 - 10:24
A few weeks ago I learned that I had been chosen for the inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.
I was, of course, delighted. I told my wife, told my daughter and ran around the house. Then I discovered that the award was sponsored by Amazon and felt obliged to refuse it. The award was to be presented, along with many others...
Thu, 10/07/2014 - 10:10
Distinguished children’s author Allan Ahlberg [pictured] has declined the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award, because it is sponsored by Amazon.
Ahlberg, 76, who has written more than 150 children’s books in a career spanning nearly four decades, explained that he felt compelled to take...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 10:00
The war of words between Amazon and Hachette US escalated overnight, after Amazon offered authors caught up in the terms dispute with Hachette 100% of royalties on all e-book sales while the impasse goes on.
Hachette US immediately rejected the offer, calling on Amazon to "withdraw the sanctions they have...
Fri, 04/07/2014 - 10:00
A second petition about the Amazon Hachette dispute has been launched - this time a pro-Amazon letter written by a group of self-published writers. The petition signed by "your writers" and directed at "dear readers" argues that Amazon "has built its reputation on valuing authors and readers dearly".
Thu, 03/07/2014 - 10:23
An open letter signed by a number of bestselling writers has called on "Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers". The letter, instigated by US writer Douglas Preston, also calls on "loyal readers" to email Amazon...
Wed, 02/07/2014 - 16:16
The European and International Booksellers Federation has supported the German Publishers Association in filing a complaint against Amazon to competition authorities.
The EIBF has released a statement saying it supports the German trade association's application to the German Federal Antitrust Authority because it believes Amazon...
Wed, 02/07/2014 - 13:44
Publishers Penguin and Walker Books picked up two awards each at the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle, held today (Wednesday 2nd July), with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars taking the award for best story for young teenagers.
The competition, the first to be sponsored by the online retailer,...
Wed, 02/07/2014 - 10:00
The Department of Justice is not the only regulatory game in town: publishers and others convinced of Amazon’s predatory behaviour and the DoJ’s wrong-headedness would do well to look to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington and to each of the 50 states’ individual anti-trust enforcement mechanisms for recourse to...