*+-A panel at the IDPF Digital Book Conference this Wednesday asks, is Amazon good for readers? Tell us what you think.
*+-PP’s latest column for the Italy’s Giornale della Libreria is a translation of our article “Amazon is a More ‘Modest Beast,’ says UK Tech Expert.”
*+-Amazon Crossing put out 44 new translations last year, including genre titles, making it again the most prolific publisher of translated fiction in the US.
*+-Tolino, a German alliance of booksellers, launched a self-publishing platform, Tolino Media, which has already attracted notable, self-published authors in Germany.
*+-After failing with traditional publishing, thriller writer Mark Dawson has struck gold with Amazon KDP, selling more than 300,000 copies of his novels.
*+-Traditional vs. self-publishing has become a Civil War, says Philip Gwyn Jones, who will the topic at today’s London Book Fair.
*+-To the surprise of many, the bestselling title at Amazon US is by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose adult coloring books are topping the charts.
*+-‘Amazon is no longer as powerful as it seemed’ and is suffering a crisis, argues Charles Arthur, ex-tech editor of the Guardian and author of Digital Wars.
*+-Business Insider, reports that the contract between Amazon and HarperCollins is close to expiring, and HC is balking at Amazon’s current offer.
*+-The Amazon Publishing France has hired its first employee, Clément Monjou, who will start by publishing a pair of translations under the Crossing imprint.