One-star protest. The Kindle reader practice of giving a book a one-star Amazon review to protest the price is bullshit. It’s like stiffing a waiter or complaining about the service because you’re pissed about the cost of your meal or the restaurant’s policies. It punishes the wrong people. If you don’t like the price, don’t buy the book. Stop hurling tomatoes at the author.
Do-it-yourself publishing. It seems the self-publishing trend on Kindle and Smashwords will eventually hurt the vanity presses. A certain number of writers may always be willing to pay someone else to turn their Word document into a book, but that number must be dwindling. Writers can find someone to format their books for Kindle and Smashwords fairly cheaply too. And those who want a printed book can go through CreateSpace for next to nothing. How will vanity presses survive in this new world of do-it-yourself publishing? For that matter, how long will the major publishers survive? I think independent presses will be the last ones standing.
Free books are not bestsellers. I’m glad to see the NY Times will separate out the popular free downloads from the books that are competing in the market for consumer dollars. The term bestseller means a book that was purchased. It was never logical or fair to include free books on the list.
Guest blog. I posted at Sisters in Crime today. Crime Fiction—the Odd Cousin? highlights why crime fiction is important and worth reading.
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