Top US/UK Trade Talk: More Google Confusion, Gaming Amazon, B&N Gets Bigger

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last week William Morris Endeavor (WME) said it was advising its clients to opt out of the Google Settlement because they objected to the seemingly indefinite royalty terms their clients would be bound to accept. This week, the Author’s Guild – one of the organizations leading the initial fight against Google – says that WME is wrong, …

Bonus Material: The Size (of Your E-Book Store) Doesn’t Matter

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It has seemed like every week this summer there has been a new announcement about a large quantity of titles being added to one e-bookstore or another. Whether it’s Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony or Google, the message has been consistent: “My e-book store is bigger!”, “No, my e-book store is bigger!” It’s a bit like children …

German Buch News: Amazon’s New 500 Euro Fine

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Amazon.de has announced that as of August 24th, it will be charging German publishers a penalty of 500 Euros for any form of non-compliance with the terms of its Vendor Manual and operational policies, particularly regarding shipping instructions. One unnamed publisher from a well-known house complained to BuchMarkt that publishers should not have to pay for simple, …

German Buch News: More on Amazon v. Orwell; Bookface.de

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The German trades are full of talk about the Amazon Orwell deletion. Among the most notable is the short opinion piece by Boersenblatt editor Holger Heimann which compared the deletion to a bookseller sneaking into someone apartment to reclaim books that have already been purchased. “Disaster is inevitable. A precedent has been set,” he wrote. Buchreport.de highlights …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Frank McCourt’s Passing; Amazon’s Deletions

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Though it’s not strictly trade news, many have noted the passing of bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish-American memoirist Frank McCourt, who died from cancer on Sunday afternoon. He was 78. Frank, may a properly pulled pint be waiting for you when you arrive at St. Peter’s Gate. Trade news on both side of the Atlantic has focuses …

Bonus Material: The Godzilla of Japanese Online Shopping

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka If this were a Japanese monster movie Mothra would be played by Amazon.co.jp. Amazon in Japan has always been a contender, but one that is too often on the losing side of the fight.  (Recently, for example, the company was asked to pay $119 million in overdue Japanese taxes after being accused of failing to properly report …