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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.

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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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Andrew Wylie Speaks Out Against Amazon

amazon304Amazon and Hachette have been locked in a feud over eBook pricing since May 2014. Many members of the publishing community have spoken out about this situation and some have even mobilized to form the Authors United group.

Earlier this year, several high profile authors including Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and Ursula Le Guin agreed to join in Authors United’s fight against Amazon. Who convinced this illustrious group to take part? None other than Andrew Wylie.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the veteran literary agent shared his opinion on this dispute. For Wylie, “the issues at the heart of the conflict are both margin and price…Losing the fight over margins would be an immediate blow to the publishers’ profits, but losing control over pricing could be fatal.” Do you agree with Wylie?

Amazon Has Established a New Contract With Simon & Schuster

SimonSchusterAmazon and Simon & Schuster have established a new multi-year print and digital agreement. The previous contract was scheduled to expire in two months.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “Simon & Schuster, whose recently published works include Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said.”

Many speculate that this development will put more pressure on Hachette to wrap up the ongoing dispute. Several writers have publicly spoken about the situation including Stephen Colbert, John Green, and Malcolm Gladwell. Earlier this week, economist Paul Krugman wrote New York Times article criticizing Amazon’s business practices. How do you predict this will affect the conflict between Amazon and Hachette?

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