It’s an argument we’ve heard before: publishers must take a fresh look at their partnerships with authors, lest they lose them the proliferating number of self-publishing services and platforms.
That was one conclusion of last year’s Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, which is underway again right now. And it’s a case that one author and industry insider says still needs making.
As first-time novelist and Softletter Publisher Rick Chapman sees it, the Amazon-Hachette dispute revealed “a great deal of pent up resentment toward publishers,” which many authors see “as an unfriendly blocking force that takes away opportunity” more often than creating it.
“Publishers need to understand this” and change their approach, Chapman says.
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Evolving With Authors as Publishing Landscape Shifts (DBW)
Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest roll out our third annual Author Survey, which is evolving alongside the publishing ecosystem and the authors working within it. As the survey’s lead researcher Dana Beth Weinberg puts it, “This year’s questionnaire and analysis seek to take a more nuanced view of the multiplicity of publishing arrangements available to authors.”
Related: Author Survey Data to Debut Live at DBW15 | Take the 2015 Author Survey
ICYMI: HarperCollins Head Gains Industry Accolades (PW)
Just in case the news escaped you as the tryptophan was wearing off this holiday weekend, Publishers Weekly named HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray its Person of the Year. Here’s why, and here’s where you can hear directly from Murray on steering the company’s digital course.
How Amazon Is Disrupting Itself (NYT)
There are a number of ways to account for Amazon’s weak financials lately. In one view, the e-tailer is “intentionally cannibalizing some major product lines,” like ebooks, in order to draw in more and more customers, a strategy that attests to Amazon’s strength, not the reverse. “I don’t think they want to own a piece of retail,” one observer muses. “They want to own all of it.”
Related: Hachette Best-Sellers See Slight Boost After Amazon Accord
Why Amazon’s Tablets Are a Hit… (The Street)
Amazon announces its tablet sales grew threefold this Black Friday over last year, and its Kindles fourfold–all good news for Amazon, which has lagged behind Apple and Samsung in global tablet sales as the market slows down.
…And Why the Fire Phone Isn’t (Financial Post)
Amazon offered an unlocked, discounted Fire Phone to Black Friday shoppers in a bid to push the struggling device. Weighing in, industry analysts point to branding, distribution and other challenges Amazon will still need to surmount if the Fire Phone is to rebound.
Five Tips for Better Digital Book Marketing–Free Webcast (DBW)
The more titles that flood the digital marketplace, the more difficult effective marketing becomes. Here’s a free webcast looking at five areas where authors and publishers can fine-tune their strategies. Registrants get a free copy of our popular Book Marketing & Social Media FAQ handbook plus a discount on a more intensive marketing webcast just around the corner.
More Audiobook Competition to Come? (The Digital Reader)
There may be some basis for suspicion that Audible, which recently gained a new competitor in Scribd and the return of an old one in Nook, may soon get more company yet.
Apple Gears up for Ebook Appeal (PW)
Preparing for an appeal later this month of the ebook price-fixing ruling that leaves it liable for up to $400 million, Apple argues that Judge Denise Cote leaned too heavily on inference and circumstantial evidence in reaching her decision.