GalleyCat AppData PageData SocialTimes AllFacebook AllTwitter LostRemote 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser

John Makinson On Wylie Amazon Deal: Not “A Cosmic Issue”

john_makinson.jpg

Penguin Group CEO John Makinson has commented on the Wylie Agency’s controversial partnership with Amazon with a less combative approach than other publishers.

Makinson told Publisher’s Weekly that the backlist titles involved only represent a small percentage of the company’s total revenue. “I don’t think it’s a cosmic issue. We will continue to talk to the Wylie Agency and we will continue to talk to our authors about what is best for them,” he said.

Makinson’s response is the most forgiving so far. Random House threatened to sue Wylie and also said that they would no longer strike English-language deals with the literary agency. Macmillan CEO John Sargent critiqued the agency for keeping these books from consumers that don’t own Kindles or use Kindle apps. He said: “A basic tenet of publishing is that our function is to reach as many readers as we can.”

Via GalleyCat.

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now!