I work in eBook publishing/distribution -- which doesn't work the way anyone expects, apparently. Inspired by the late great lifenpublishing.com.
Disclaimer: This blog is for entertainment purposes only. There will never be names or companies posted on this page. I will never post anything I feel jeopardizes the anonymity of my company, the clients I work for, or anyone who submits to this page. The purpose of this blog is to harmlessly (and hopefully in an entertaining way) laugh at the standard trials and frustrations of my job, which I do, in fact, love.
Translated too many buzz word email of the day:
"We’d like to raise the price, but before we do we want to see if the current price has gone anywhere, because by raising the price we will, essentially, be raising the price. Please advise."
In my latest Locus column, “Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and
Doctorow’s First Law,” I unpick the technological forces at work in
the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the “big five”
publishers, whose books have not been normally available through
Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war
over the terms on which Amazon will sell books in the future.
The publishing world is, by and large, rooting for Hachette, but
hasn’t paid much attention to the ways in which Hachette made itself
especially vulnerable to Amazon in this fight: by insisting that all
its books be sold with Amazon’s DRM, it has permanently locked all its
customers into Amazon’s ecosystem, and if Hachette tries to convince
them to start buying ebooks elsewhere, it would mean asking their
readers to abandon their libraries in the bargain (or maintain two
separate, incompatible libraries with different apps, URLs, and even
devices to read them).
Worse still: people in publishing who are alarmed about Hachette are
*still* allowing their audiobooks to be sold by Audible, the Amazon
division that controls 90% of the audiobook market and will only sell
audiobooks in a format that can’t be legally played with anything
except Amazon-approved technology. Audible has *already* started
putting the screws to its audiobook suppliers — the publishers and
studios that make most of the audiobooks it sells — even as it has
gone into business competing with them.
It’s profoundly, heartbreakingly naive to expect that Amazon will be
any less ruthless in exploiting the advantage it is being handed over
audiobooks than it has been in its exploitation of ebooks.
Missing pub dates for high priority titles
Thanks to KS for the submission!
When an author tells me that he doesn’t want his book to be an ebook because he doesn’t believe anyone actually uses them
When I get an email SO outside the scope of my job
Stop the internet slow down.
I feel very strongly about this. https://www.battleforthenet.com/?skip_call=true&oo=1
Successfully passing all the things to the right people (and it all works the first time)
Amazon Negotiations Resume
Being informed by a publisher that they were unable to give me access to their Google account because they don’t have one, and by the way, when will their books be live on Google Play?
Being asked to copy edit an ebook conversion from a scanlation to find all the typos and correct them
The real reason we all miss half day Fridays
Thanks to KS for the submission!
I just started to get excited about being able to possibly just export new children’s books directly from InDesign CC and have them be set for iPad.
Thanks to clockwork-contrivance for the submission!