Category Archives: The Business of Publishing

The Authors Guild’s Mary Rasenberger Gets It Wrong on Flat Royalties

In July’s IBPA Independent, Authors Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger wrote about the potential future of a flat royalty rate for authors. Unfortunately, her article included inaccuracies that almost certainly will mislead most authors. In her article, Rasenberger makes one … Continue reading

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Amazon KDP, It’s Time to Break through the 9.99 Ceiling

It’s all really about the value of books. Two sides met in battle.  On one side, there were several major publishers and Apple.  On the other, the Department of Justice (with Amazon in the wings, whispering into the DOJ’s ear).  … Continue reading

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It’s Booksellers, Not Publishers, Who are Responsible for High Prices

Everyone needs to make money.  I get that.  But I get a bit frustrated when I see comments on eBooks or even printed books about prices being too high.  That DVD used for that movie you bought costs 39 cents, … Continue reading

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Is Amazon Misleading Indie Publishers on VAT Pricing?

Is Amazon’s Kindle pricing system misleading indie publishers? Like many small publishers, I read with some confusion the various emails about Amazon’s changing approach to VAT or Value Added Tax in the European Union and Japan. But did you know … Continue reading

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Deciphering Nook Press’s VAT Policies

I’ve written a couple articles now about the changes in the VAT laws and how they may affect small, indie, and self-publishers.  After reviewing the guidelines for Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press, I confess I remained confused.  Even after emailing … Continue reading

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iTunes Royalties and VAT-Inclusive Pricing

Yesterday I wrote about Amazon KDP royalties and how the changes in VAT in the EU would affect author and publisher income from Kindle sales.  Today, let’s tackle iTunes Royalties and VAT-inclusive pricing. You may not know this, but Apple’s … Continue reading

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Why Apple has Lost the E-Book War

As I sit here writing this, it looks like Apple will be paying many millions to settle lawsuits with the various states over E-Book pricing, as well as to settle a class-action lawsuit for the same reason. These are essentially … Continue reading

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The Madness of Bowker’s My Identifiers

There’s quite a bit that’s annoying me of late and that probably won’t surprise anyone.  Hell, my wife refers to me as Eeyore.  But as the publisher of a small press (www.endpaperspress.com), I have to say that the folks at … Continue reading

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Should You List Your Books on Google Play?

And then there were fewer. . . Sony is closing the Reader store.  Nook has been such a drain on Barnes & Noble that when an erroneous report made it sound like Nook was going away, B&N’s stock rose 9%.  … Continue reading

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WTF? Kobo Doesn’t Automatically Update

One of the joys of being a publisher (www.endpaperspress.com) is dealing with authors. Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love authors.  But sometimes I forget that authors aren’t dealing with publishing headaches and production 24/7. Recently I issued a couple … Continue reading

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