- The Morning Coffee – 14 November 2014
- So Wattpad Has the Same Piracy/Plagiarism Problem as eBookstores – What Do We Do About it?
- Douglas Preston Blames Amazon for the Delayed Release of His Latest Book
- Nook App to Come Pre-Installed on Windows 8 Next Year?
- Vook Buys eBook App Developer Coliloquy
- Hachette, Amazon Settle Contract Dispute
- How to Embed an eBook on a Website
Posted: 13 Nov 2014 07:00 PM PST
Posted: 13 Nov 2014 06:49 PM PST
PW reported earlier today that Wattpad has the same piracy problem as the ebookstores, Scribd, and pretty much every other site that allows users to upload content:
While I don’t want to deny the problems faced by authors or suggest that this behavior is okay, I do want to point out that PW’s report is lacking in context.
As a brief skim of the related tag on Dear Author will tell you, piracy/plagiarism is a known problem, and now that we know that it extends to Wattpad the next question to ask is what authors ( and their fans) should do about this.
I’ve thought up a couple ideas that won’t work,but not one that I know will work – or at least will have a positive effect.
What’s your idea?
image by Kris Krug
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Posted: 13 Nov 2014 02:29 PM PST
The ebook is available now, but as Preston explained in his review, Amazon is responsible delaying the release of the Kindle edition:
Preston was responding to the double handful of one star reviews left by frustrated fans. That ebook was due to be released on 11 November, but for some unknown reason it was delayed until about 2 pm eastern on that day.
Ten readers took to the review section to voice their displeasure first thing Tuesday morning (out of approximately 150 reviews as of 13 November), and Preston responded today with a 5 star review which blamed Amazon.
The review has since been taken down by Amazon, but not before someone snagged a screenshot:
As you may recall, Doug Preston is the leader of Authors United, the nonpartisan authors group which formed to peacefully bring about a deal between Amazon and Hachette.
As a long time observer of publishing, I can assure you that all of Preston’s statements have shared a similar balanced and nonpartisan viewpoint.
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Posted: 13 Nov 2014 01:31 PM PST
Remember the news from March that B&N and MS had decided to retire the Nook app for Windows 8 and replace it with a Microsoft-built app?
According to my source, plans have changed. That source has told me that starting early next year the Nook app for Windows 8 will be bundled in Windows in select markets.
I obviously cannot tell you who that source is, but I can say that they are located in one of the 30 countries (not counting the US and UK) where Nook Media launched a local ebookstore last November. I can also tell you that my source had been contacted by Anna Blanchard (listed on LinkedIn as the manager for international content acquisition) as recently as this fall.
The timing of the contact is important, for two reasons. For one thing, this shows that B&N and Microsoft may have shifted direction again from that March 2014 SEC filing.
Also, Blanchard is a relatively recent hire at Nook Media; she started in May 2014, following the layoffs earlier this year and preceding the layoff of several managers this week. Yesterday Publishers Lunch reported that several of the old guard at Nook Media have been shown the door, including Theresa Horner, who had joined B&N as the VP of digital content in November 2008 – literally,she was part of the Nook program since before there was a Nook.
On the other hand, it looks like Blanchard is part of the new guard, and will likely still be with Nook Media as it completes whatever transitions it is going through as part of B&N’s plans to spin off, sell off, or hit Nook Media over the head and bury it in a ditch somewhere.
Yes, B&N has announced plans to spin off Nook Media and the Nook Press news earlier this week would support that idea, but I am not going to assume with absolute certainty that it is still going to happen. There are too many unanswered questions at this point to say for sure.
Among the unanswered questions are just what happened to the “Microsoft Consumer Reader” which was supposed to replace the Nook app for Windows 8. I was expecting it to have launched by now, but B&N is still promoting the old Noook app. The new app would look like this:
I also wonder where Microsoft’s other reading app, the one for MS Office, went. That leaked last September and was supposed to have a Nook connection, but I can’t find any sign that it has seen the light of day.
And how exactly do those missing apps relate to Yuzu, the execrable e-textbook app which Nook Media quietly launched earlier this year?
In short, folks, there is enough uncertainty surrounding Nook Media at this time that today’s rumor meets certain standards for plausibility and probability.
B&N was contacted before this post was published. They said: no comment.
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Posted: 13 Nov 2014 11:59 AM PST
Vook continued to gobble up its smaller competitors today with the acquisition of Coliloquy*.
Founded in 2011, Coliloquy first got its start in developing interactive ebook apps for the Kindle (as in the Kindle ereaders, and not the Fire Android tablets). As Amazon wound down the development program for Kindle Active Content, Coliloquy expanded their focus to include developing apps for other platforms, including Android and iOS.
Coliloquy has published over 30 titles in the past 3 years, including A Dark & Dismal Flower by JC Herz, Getting Dumped by Tawna Fenske, and Georgetown Academy by Alyssa Schwartz and Jessica Etting, as well as app titles developed on behalf of Disney and published under Disney’s imprint, including RickRiodan’s Heroes of Olympus series.
I was also told by Vooks spokesperson Matt Cavnar that Coliloquy has expanded beyond ebook apps to include ebook publishing, which is Vook’s main interest. According to Matt, Vook is “laser focused on helping authors with ebooks specifically, so that’s the fit for us”.
Clarification: Vook is buying only the publishing arm of Coliloquy, and not the rest of the company.
From the description on the Coliloquy website, it appears that Coliloquy saw itself as much a publisher as a tech startup. They were actively seeking manuscripts for publication, but were only accepting submissions from agents or previously published authors:
Coliloquy is Vook’s second acquisition in the past few months; in September Vook bought the failed boutique publisher Byliner. Shortly after acquiring Byliner, Vook boosted royalties to 85% of net; Vook plans to expand that deal to authors published by Coliloquy.
Posted: 13 Nov 2014 04:52 PM PST
The specifics of the deal were not disclosed, so we do not know in whose back the hatchet was buried, but in a statement Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch said that “this is great news for writers”.
On the face of it the deal would appear to be a win for Hachette, which according to the statement “will have responsibility for setting consumer prices of its ebooks”. Curiously, the statement goes on to say that the publisher “will also benefit from better terms when it delivers lower prices for readers”.
The new terms will go into effect in early 2015, but Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch also said in a letter to authors (scroll down) that ” Hachette titles will be restored as soon as possible to normal availability on Amazon, will be available for pre-order, and will be included in promotions on the site, a very positive development as we head into the holiday shopping season”.
In short, it looks like Hachette has signed a deal very similar to the one signed by Simon & Schuster a few weeks ago. The details for that deal were not publicly disclosed either, but pundits parsed out what little was said by Amazon and S&S and concluded that that contract likely resembled the terms offered for KDP, where Amazon offers better terms for ebooks priced between $9.99 and $2.99.
So Hachette went through 8 months of financial pain (as Amazon stopped providing services which were no longer covered under a contract), and undertook a vicious media campaign, and all they got was a contract that S&S got through negotiating patiently and honestly.
The letter from Plietsch:
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Posted: 13 Nov 2014 07:31 AM PST
One of the niftier features of the Kindle Store is the way that it lets you embed a sample of an ebook in a webpage. Now there’s an option for indie authors to do the same with just about any Epub file, albeit in a slightly more complicated and less convenient way.
A Japanese developer by the name of Satoru Matsushima has released a self-contained Epub viewer which can be installed on most websites. It’s called BiB/i, and all that is required is for you to upload the code for the viewer as well as the ebook you want to embed, and them post the embed code.
The embed code looks like what you would see with the manual (non-automatic) Youtube embedded videos, so some technical skill is required.
I haven’t installed it myself on this blog, but as you can see below it does work:
You can find other demos here.
This won’t work so well for large ebooks (for those it is recommended that you unzip the ebook file before uploading it) but I did just test it myself. I was able to open a couple different Epub files. They were slow to load at first but I could read them.
I’ve just heard of BiB/i, so I can’t tell you if it is in widespread use yet, but I do know of at least one alternative (besides uploading a sample to Scribd and embedding that). There’s Epub2Twitter, which lets you embed ebooks in a Tweet, and ReadK.it, which enables authors and publishers to create self-contained ebooks which can open themselves in a web browser (as well as regular ebook apps).
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