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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Author Solutions Rolls Out Ebook Distribution Services (Victoria Strauss)

don't panic: why your publishing disaster matters less than you think (The Intern)

What the Publishing Industry can Learn from Kodak (Rachelle Gardner)

The Trouble With ‘Free’ (Deborah Cooke)

Editing to Life – Characterization (Lydia Sharp)

The Power of Symbolism (Nann Dunne)

Amazon Will Destroy You (Joe Konrath) [Jon’s ‘Pick of the week’]

10 Questions to Ask When Offered Representation (Mary Kole)

May You Write Interesting Books (Sarah A. Holt)

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011, and last week’s list.

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Feb. 18th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
She's always worth reading :)
Feb. 18th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I struggled to respond to your favorite - blogger hates livejournal! Here's what I ended up saying to him:

nteresting post, but I do not see that Amazon is on the author's side. They may be for now, but what happens when they gain a monopoly?

I was strongly pro-Amazon until two things happened:

When it comes to LENDING books, they were the last major distributor to allow it. The last. By many, many months. We got sick of patrons coming into the library and asking us, "I just got a kindle and want to borrow some library books. How can I do it?" and having to tell them, "You can't." Patron demand finally forced Amazon to concede and do what every other e-book distributor was doing. In this regard, they were not and are not innovative.

Even then, they still had a proprietary format. No other e-book reader except the kindle does.

Second, their labor practices. It seems that Amazon distribution centers are basically sweatshops.

What this boils down to is: Amazon, as a major company, does not care about books, authors, the first amendment, sharing of information and stories, or any of the many things I, as a writer and librarian, care about. They care about money. So long as we understand that when working with them, we'll be fine. But we do need to understand that. My two cents!

And, btw, I think monopolies are the enemies of innovation and also of humane labor practices. I do not want to see Amazon become a monopoly.
Feb. 19th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Fair points all, except perhaps about the distribution centers (which may well be the case, but I've not seen anything on the subject).

I chose it as my pick of the week because Joe did a great job summing up the lack of preparedness and unwillingness on the part of the old industry to either appreciate and/or act upon the game-changing effects of publishing 'e'-volution.

I don't necessarily agree any post on my weekly list, I just think folks will find them interesting.

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