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  •  On the other hand, Amazon will lose (1+ / 0-)
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    its more favorable split of the e-book revenues and will need to move towards Apple's more generous terms once Kindle starts losing market share.

    Kindle pays authors / publishers 35%

    Scribd and Smashwords pays authors / publishers 80%

    Governing well shall be the best revenge

    by Bill White on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 08:46:58 PM PST

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    •  IPad isn't proven and apparently there (2+ / 0-)
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      are issues with reading books on the ipad(glare).  I would not be burning any bridges with Amazon...I think they are now the largest seller of books of any type.

      "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

      by lakehillsliberal on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:12:57 PM PST

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      •  Amazon will remain #1, but (1+ / 0-)
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        IMHO, they will increase the percentage to be paid authors on Kindle sales in order to stay #1

        Governing well shall be the best revenge

        by Bill White on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:41:53 PM PST

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        •  Apparently so...they have capitulated to (0+ / 0-)

          Macmillian...I personally will not be paying 15.00 for a Kindle download so I will skip these books.  I have get the actual book for 5.00 more and I know that it costs more to print and distribute books than 5.00.  They want to gouge the kindle users and they only way to justify the expensive device is the more reasonable cost of the downloads.

          "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

          by lakehillsliberal on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 12:11:50 AM PST

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    •  Uh, no? (0+ / 0-)

      35%? What are you smoking?

      http://www.websitemagazine.com/...

      Granted, that's a new offer, but the previous royalties were NOT as low as 35%.

      Incidentally, authors generally make about 8-15% royalties on physical books. eBooks would be a much better deal for authors if they sold as well.

      Proud supporter of nuclear power!

      by zegota on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 09:56:42 PM PST

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      •  Actually, now I'm confused (1+ / 0-)
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        That article (among others) seems to say that they used to pay 35% to the AUTHORS ... which would be about the same money you'd get from a hard copy. If it's 35% to the publishers, you're right, that is poor. 50% is much better, and the now introduced 75% option is great.

        Proud supporter of nuclear power!

        by zegota on Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 10:00:57 PM PST

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        •  Yep, you've got it right (0+ / 0-)

          From the above link:

          One of the reasons that we've hesitated to make Website Magazine available for Kindle is the totally unfair revenue share Amazon was offering. For you Kindle readers, expect Website Magazine very soon.

          Governing well shall be the best revenge

          by Bill White on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 08:03:41 AM PST

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      •  Your link proves my point . . . (0+ / 0-)

        Amazon announced this week the details of a new program that will enable authors and publishers using the Kindle Digital Text Platform (DTP) to earn a 70% royalty option, less delivery costs. The program will become available on June 30, 2010.

        Also from your link:

        One of the reasons that we've hesitated to make Website Magazine available for Kindle is the totally unfair revenue share Amazon was offering. For you Kindle readers, expect Website Magazine very soon.

        This can only be in response to competition.

        Governing well shall be the best revenge

        by Bill White on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 08:02:30 AM PST

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