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Macmillan Has Made a Deal With Amazon

macmillanMacmillan has reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Amazon to distribute its print and eBooks, beginning on January 5, 2015.

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, revealed the news in a blog post earlier this week. “All our other retailers will also be on the agency model, leaving Apple as the only retailer who is allowed unlimited discounting. Irony prospers in the digital age,” he wrote. “This odd aberration in the market will cause us to occasionally change the digital list price of your books in what may seem to be random fashion. I ask for your forbearance. We will be attempting to create even pricing as best we can.”

Under the new terms, authors will continue to earn the same net percentage of the proceeds they always have from eBooks, based on the sale price of their book.

Macmillan will also begin testing a new eBook subscription in the coming weeks. “Several companies offer ‘pay per read’ plans that offer favorable economic terms,” wrote Sargent. “We plan to try subscription with backlist books, and mostly with titles that are not well represented at bricks and mortar retail stores. Our job has always been to provide you with the broadest possible distribution, and given the current financial and strategic incentives being offered, we believe the time is right to try this test.”

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Amazon Now Delivers Books in an Hour in Manhattan

unnamedAmazon is testing a new delivery service that is practically real time. So called “Prime Now” promises one-hour delivery on certain Amazon products within Manhattan.

Amazon Prime members can order the items through the new Prime Now mobile app. The service is available from 6 am to midnight every day of the week. One hour delivery costs $7.99 but if you are willing to wait two hours, the service is free for Prime members. Amazon’s new building on 34th Street will be the epicenter for these orders.

“There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go. There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less,” stated Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Expect to see this available in more cities next year.

Self-Published Kindle Book Removed For Hyphen Misuse

51C7oL0cU0L._SL160_Self-published author Graeme Reynolds had his book High Moor 2: Moonstruck removed from the Kindle store after a reader complained about the book’s use of hyphens.

The book had been out for 18 months now and had about 123 reviews at the time it was removed. Here is more from Reynolds’ blog:

Apparently Amazon had received a complaint from a reader about the fact that some of the words in the book were hyphenated. And when they ran an automated spell check against the manuscript they found that over 100 words in the 90,000 word novel contained that dreaded little line. This, apparently “significantly impacts the readability of your book” and, as a result “We have suppressed the book because of the combined impact to customers.”

The problem has since been resolved and his book is now back in the store.

Jeff Bezos Feels That Books Should Be Less Expensive

jeffbezos304Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat for an interview Business Insider.

Throughout the conversation, some of the topics that came up included the Fire phone, how his role at Amazon has changed over the years, and his personal vision for bookselling. He revealed that the aim of the Kindle team is to make books as accessible as possible. For him, part of that means reducing the current $30.00 price point that is typically assigned to hardcover books. Bezos explained:

“Books are the competitive set for leisure time. It takes many hours to read a book. It’s a big commitment. If you narrow your field of view and only think about books competing against books, you make really bad decisions. What we really have to do, if we want a healthy culture of long-form reading, is to make books more accessible. It takes many hours to read a book. It’s a big commitment. If you only think about books competing against books, you make really bad decisions. You’re competing against Candy Crush and everything else. If we want a healthy culture of long-form reading, you have to make books more accessible. Thirty dollars for a book is too expensive. Part of that is making them less expensive. Books, in my view, are too expensive.”

Amazon’s Bestselling Books of the Year

amazon130The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is the best selling book of the year on Amazon, according to the e-comemrce company.

Amazon has revealed its list of bestselling books for the year, as well as the top selling kids & teens books and the most gifted books. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan is the bestselling Kids & Teens book. The Long Haul was also the Most Gifted book this year. These lists were complied by looking at the sales of first editions that were published in 2014. We’ve got the list of Amazon’s Top 20 Bestsellers after the jump.

“This year’s best seller lists include a lot of familiar authors and characters–over half of the books on the lists are part of a series,” stated Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com.  Read more

Amazon’s 12 Days of Book Deals 2014

amazon130Amazon wants to sell books this holiday season and to help push them out the door, the e-commerce giant is running a huge sale on books from December 11th until December 22nd.

The sale features both print and eBook titles for as much 89 percent off. We’ve got the list of sale titles after the jump. Read more

Amazon Christmas Boycott Gains Steam

Amazon-Free-holding-banner-4An anonymous group of activists are calling on consumers to boycott Amazon this holiday shopping season, and take their money elsewhere.

The campaign is in response to complaints about how Amazon treats their workers. Here is more from the website: “They don’t pay their workers a Living Wage. They dodge their tax. They take money away from our local shops. So this year, let’s take our money away from them.”

Shoppers can sign up to take the “Amazon Free Challenge” and promise not to shop Amazon for this year’s gifts. Shoppers are asked to mark just how much they would normally spend this holiday. So far, the website reports that shoppers have pledged that £3,069,320 (almost $5 million) will not to be spent onAmazon.

Amazon Kindle eReader Sales Up 4x on Black Friday

amazon304Kindle sales were up this Black Friday, as compared to sales of the devices last year, Amazon revealed this week.

According to the Seattle-based giant, sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet were up 3x this Black Friday as compared to last year and Kindle eReader sales were up almost 4x that of comparable sales from last year.

“This holiday there are going to be a lot of customers opening up new Amazon devices,” stated Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. “We’re energized by the year over year growth of tablet and e-reader Black Friday sales on Amazon.com, plus the success of the new product categories we’ve launched this year.”

Hachette & Amazon Establish a New Multi-Year Contract

HachetteHachette Book Group and Amazon have established a new multi-year agreement. The two companies have been locked in a dispute since April 2014.

This contract will dictate the terms and conditions for eBook and print sales within the United States starting in early 2015. Henceforth, Hachette will oversee and manage the consumer pricing for its eBooks.

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch had this statement in the press release: “This is great news for writers. The agreement will benefit Hachette authors for years to come. It gives Hachette enormous marketing capability with one of our most important bookselling partners.”

Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2014

amazon130Amazon has revealed their picks for Best Books of 2014, a list led by Celeste Ng, Stephen King, and Liane MoriartyFollow this link to see the full list of 100 titles.

According to the press release, the editorial team chose the top 10 from a pool of 480 books. We’ve reprinted the top 10 books below.
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