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  •  This guy (IMHO) groks the e-book business (3+ / 0-)
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    better than anyone. Mark Coker of Smashwords.

    Sadly, he needs better web servers since his site loads very very slowly for me. Unless he invests more in servers and computer support he is going to have problems selling lots of books.

    (I intend to sell e-books on Kindle, Smashwords and perhaps Scribd with Scribd having the best functionality for embedding book excerpts in places like Daily Kos diaries, except Scribd is primarily pdf, not the most convenient for book buyers)

    Anyway, here is recent news

    Book View Café partners with Smashwords

    (National)-Book View Café, a digital publishing cooperative for professional authors, today announced it has partnered with Smashwords to distribute Book View’s growing ebook catalog, including titles by from such well known authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Sarah Smith, Seanan McGuire and Laura Anne Gilman.

    And, Smashwords offers a free marketing guide for self-published and e-book publishers that makes a great deal of sense to me.

    And (perhaps because of Apple iPad) Kindle apparently will start paying authors/publishers 70% of list price if list price is below $9.99 for an e-books.

    Governing well shall be the best revenge

    by Bill White on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 06:19:52 PM PST

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    •  More on the Kindle royalty wars (4+ / 0-)
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      Amazon hikes Kindle royalties to 70%, with a catch
      By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated January 20, 2010 4:15 PM

      Amazon dropped a bomb on the publishing world Wednesday morning by announcing a new royalty program that will allow authors to earn 70 percent royalties from each e-book sold, but with a catch or two. The move will pay participating authors more per book than they typically earn from physical book sales so long as they agree to certain conditions—conditions that make it clear that Amazon is working on keeping the Kindle attractive in light of upcoming competition. Still, authors and publishers are split on how good this deal really is.

      Amazon's old system will remain in place for those who don't want to participate in the new arrangement, but the carrot to upgrade is pretty attractive—a typical $8.99 book would pay an author $3.15 under the "standard" system, while an author or publisher would get $6.25 under the new 70 percent scheme.

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      Amazon has long been criticized for taking too big a cut of Kindle book sales, and the 70 percent option is sure to quiet those critiques for some. Cesar Torres, Ars reader and author of an upcoming fantasy book called The 12 Burning Wheels, told Ars that the deal is definitely good for self-publishers and small presses.

      Smashwords pays 85% but they need better servers. Scribd pays 80% and they primarily use Adobe pdf for delivery.

      Kindle remains king, pending Apple iPad and Sony and a few others.

      Governing well shall be the best revenge

      by Bill White on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 06:30:28 PM PST

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