WIRED: The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading BY ART BRODSKY 10.02.13
Exotic Contraband: Lost among the stars: Aliens are real and they’re here. Unfortunately they aren’t here for intellectual stimulation, they’re here to make cold hard cash. And they aren’t interested in letting the authorities, theirs or ours, in on their racket.
This is the story of survivors lost in a universe that they hadn’t imagined, and the story of their rescue and return.
It’s only 99cents and a steal at many times the price if you enjoy a good read with a mix of hard and space opera sci fi with a little action and romance thrown in. And why is that ship called the Stonewall?
See it all at Smashwords.
An update from TechnologyReview regarding the Qualcom Mirasol based products. Only in 5.3″ and all obviously based on the same hardware platform right now. 5.3″ is more in line with Asian tastes than US so it makes sense to focus there first The long hang time (4 years from first hoopla) and small size indicate issues with the manufacturing technology, but nothing helps ManTech more than going to volume. Hopefully 7, 9 and 11 inch units will follow soon.
Mark Cooker the founder of Smashwords is also an epubs apostle, he’s out there selling the eBook revolution to the readers, writers and everyone in between. He’s got a post up on Amazon’s new Kindle Direct Platform (KDP) is a Kindle only eBook platform that promises the author some part of a 500K / month pot depending on your percentage of downloads from KDP inventory, I suppose on top of the direct sales. Now as he says himself he has a bit of a vested interested in dissing this because KDP because it cuts Smashwords out of part of the market but his point is that in essence its subtly anti author. Once on KDP you cannot sell through any other venue so you have to depend on Amazon being the principal sales channel for eBooks. And this 1 limits your market, and 2 in the long term if Amazon ‘wins’ puts the author at the mercy of Amazon.
Mark also points out that Amazon is pushing changes to the law about who can set the price on a book. It appears as if Amazon has always wanted this power, rather than the publisher. Now that may seem reasonable with Smashwords the author is the publisher, why shouldn’t the author of an eBook set the price? If it’s too high then perhaps that’s the authors problem, not the distributor. The distributor still gets their cut for the books that are sold.
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At This Rate You Will Finish On November 16, 2011
So here is the cover I whined about spending a lot of Saturday working on, I think its pretty good.