Links for 31st January 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Amazon, Macmillan: an outsider’s guide to the fight

    "From the point of view of Jeff Bezos' bank account, Amazon is the entire supply chain and should take that share of the cake that formerly went to both wholesalers and booksellers. They do this by buying wholesale and selling retail, taking up to a 70% discount from the publishers and selling for whatever they can get. Their stalking horse for this is the Kindle publishing platform; they're trying to in-source the publisher by asserting contractual terms that mean the publisher isn't merely selling them books wholesale, but is sublicencing the works to be republished via the Kindle publishing platform. Publishers sublicensing rights is SOP in the industry, but not normally handled this way — and it allows Amazon to grab another chunk of the supply chain if they get away with it, turning the traditional publishers into vestigial editing/marketing appendages." Charlie Stross on the analysis tip.

    Tagged with: publishingbooksfictionAmazonMacmillandisputeeconomicssupply-chainCharlie-Stross

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