“DeFiore also pointed out that Amazon doesn’t quantify what lower e-book prices would mean for sales of physical copies of the same books. Authors who work with traditional publishers like Hachette tend to make more, per copy, from hardcover sales than from e-books. If cheaper e-books draw people away from hardcovers, that could hurt these authors financially. Plus, DeFiore said, Amazon has a huge share of the e-book business, through its Kindle e-reader—even more than it does with physical books. If lower e-book prices were to eventually destroy the market for physical books entirely—or even shrink it enough so that it wouldn’t make financial sense for traditional booksellers to publish them—that would help Amazon consolidate its power, which would ultimately be dangerous for authors. “What happens if, and when, there’s one retailer for e-books left, and they just decide, ‘You know what? We want to price books at four-ninety-nine.’ That’s what people are worried about,” he told me.”—Amazon’s Failed Pitch to Authors - The New Yorker
“In many ways, The Marketing Performance Blueprint fits the model of the classic “put it into practice” marketing book. Its publisher, Wiley, has been a leader in this category in the digital era with best-sellers such as Inbound Marketing, Content Rules, and The New Rules of Marketing & PR. They’re written to help the majority of marketing managers adopt the best practices that the innovators and early adopters have pioneered. They’re very accessible and mainstream. And Paul’s new book continues solidly in that tradition.”—Modern marketing is for underdogs and innovators — and marketing technologists - Chief Marketing Technologist
“I saw Twilight—my granddaughter made me watch it, she said it was the greatest vampire film ever. After the ‘film’ was over I wanted to smack her across her head with my shoe, but I do not want a (tell-all) book called Grannie Dearest written on me when I die. So instead I gave her a DVD of Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu and told her, ‘Now that’s a vampire film!’ And that goes for all of you! Watch Nosferatu instead!”—Lauren Bacall (via jenmyers)
“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames.”—
A number of people are posting on Facebook and Twitter that if only he knew how loved he was, he never would have taken his life. A video from his film World’s Greatest Dad in which he describes suicide as a permanent solution to a temporary problem has been making the rounds, captioned with the likes of “he should have taken his own advice.” If only… If only…
But depression doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t work in any way that’s comforting or reassuring or filled with lessons.
If you want to really hear Robin Williams - really hear him - you should listen to this incredibly moving interview he did with Marc Maron circa 2010.
It was the very first thing I thought about when I heard the terrible news of Williams’ death today. He talks so honestly and frankly about his alcoholism, his divorce, his depression, and so many other things.
“As a publisher, we work to bring a variety of great books to readers, in a variety of formats and prices. We know by experience that there is not one appropriate price for all ebooks, and that all ebooks do not belong in the same $9.99 box. Unlike retailers, publishers invest heavily in individual books, often for years, before we see any revenue. We invest in advances against royalties, editing, design, production, marketing, warehousing, shipping, piracy protection, and more. We recoup these costs from sales of all the versions of the book that we publish—hardcover, paperback, large print, audio, and ebook. While ebooks do not have the $2-$3 costs of manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping that print books have, their selling price carries a share of all our investments in the book.”—Hachette CEO’s Response to Amazon Advocate Emails: Why We Price Books the Way We Do | Digital Book World
“This is not about money. It really is not about money. That’s what Amazon keeps assuming. They dismissed me as a rich author. This is about Amazon’s bullying tactics against authors. Every time they run into difficulty negotiating with a publisher, they target authors’ books for selective retaliation. The authors who were first were from university presses and small presses. Then Macmillan was a target. It’s a sense of outrage that we authors helped Amazon become one of the biggest corporations in the world. I can’t tell you the free blogs and exclusives I’ve given them. For them to treat me as if I were a poster or computer cables or a TV set is really hurtful. I’ve never seen authors so incandescent on any subject. I’ve never seen authors come together like this — journalists, fiction writers. It has nothing to do — well, it has something to do with money, but it’s mostly a feeling of outrage. This is going to stop. Amazon is going to be negotiating with publishers forever. Are they really going to target authors every time they run into a problem with a publisher? And we’re not against Amazon. It’s a fine company and we’d like to see it make a profit!”—Douglas Preston on his open letter about Amazon: “I’m not a firebrand, I fell into it accidentally!”
“Last year, NBC’s first as the league’s broadcaster in the United States, was its most successful among American sports fans. According to the Nielsen Company, about 31 million Americans tuned in to Premier League games, more than double the number for the previous year. As it enters the 2014-15 season, NBC will have the wind from the World Cup — the most widely watched in United States history — at its back.”—‘Men in Blazers’ Soccer Duo Moving to NBC - NYTimes.com
“Only in America do we equate workaholism with virtue and view time spent at the shore or in the mountains or in the desert as time wasted — as evidence of laziness.”—Why you deserve a vacation (via theweekmagazine)
“Physical retail is similar to the airline business. If you want a pair of Beats, well, stop there and rethink your choices. But if you still want them, it doesn’t really matter whether you get them from Apple, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Beats’ online store, or any other retailer. Some let you try them in person somewhere, some make returns easier, but the main value of the retailer to you is simply selling you what you want. Most people just buy it from wherever’s cheapest that’s reputable at all and will get it to them reasonably soon. Like airlines, retail is an undifferentiated commodity competing mostly on price with little customer loyalty. And a terrible business.”—I’ll Never Fly Amazon Again – Marco.org
“The famous author George Orwell came out publicly and said about the new paperback format, if ‘publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.’ Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion.”
Could the Amazon Books Team, which is credited as the source of this post, have really written this? Because a moment’s Googling would have revealed that the team is misrepresenting this “famous author.”
First, when Orwell wrote that line, he was celebrating Penguin paperbacks, not urging suppression or collusion. Does Amazon, which early in its e-book days made copies of “1984″ vanish from Kindles after discovering it did not own the rights, really think George Orwell — of all people! — would want to suppress books?
Here is what the writer said in the New English Weekly on March 5, 1936: “The Penguin Books are splendid value for sixpence, so splendid that if the other publishers had any sense they would combine against them and suppress them.”
In introducing the group, Amazon made the same arguments it has been making in the last few weeks: e-books need to be cheaper and Hachette is robbing readers by preventing this from happening. It also provided a list of recommended journalism on the topic — a very selective list.
For readers who are not quite sure exactly what to write to Hachette, Amazon included a list of talking points. The first one is, “We have noted your illegal collusion,” always an ice-breaker in these sorts of chats.
“Landon Donovan’s retirement was done in suitably Landon style. Most men would announce it before the All-Star game and make the event all about him. Landon chose to score the winner and then make his intentions clear. We wish St. Landon well. His was a peerless American career which will be appreciated all the more with time.”—
and “The big question is…who will play Landon in his biopic. You suggested: Pete Campbell from Mad Men (@kobe42085), Andrew Shue (@rmiriam), and Peter Dinklage (@ikoolykedat).” I second the Pete Campbell suggestion.