Thursday, July 22, 2010

Big ebook news day

by Michael

The big ebook news, of course, is that Andrew Wylie has partnered with Amazon to release ebooks of some of his clients’ classic works. It’s one of the biggest shots fired in the war between authors and publishers on ebook royalties, and it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming weeks.

Other ebook news, via agent Janet Reid, is this video of her client Sean Farrell’s enhanced ebook of his debut novel, Numb. It sounds like it’s a fun book even without enhancement, but I think you’ll find his author commentary more than amusing.

1 comment:

  1. It would be interesting to see what would happen if a big name author (and their agent) decided to treat ebook rights like movie rights - I could see Apple v Amazon outbidding each other for the exclusive ebook of the new Stephen King, or even for just exclusive rights for the first month or two.

    In a world where the accountants have decided a Harry Potter movie that cost $150M to make and then earned $938M at the box office didn't make a profit (http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/studio-shame-even-harry-potter-pic-loses-money-because-of-warner-bros-phony-baloney-accounting/), I think there's plenty of room for ebook publishers to understate the revenue they're making.

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