LinkIndie-related letter

In today’s Shelf Awareness:

“In the same story, Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said that the prospect that Amazon may be a ‘very dominant player who could squeeze most of the profits out of this new market is frightening for authors and publishers.’

“Hut Landon, executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, wrote in response: 

“Perhaps the Authors Guild should suggest that authors not link only to Amazon on their websites. Acting as a sales agent for one dominant and frightening player may not be a wise long-term strategy. Many independent bookstores can fulfill orders as Amazon does, and offers an affiliate program for authors and a connection to 200 independent bookstores.”


To the letter above it, in which the president of BookSite says that “Carolyn Reidy is right in her appraisal that popular titles should be priced similarly whether traditionally bound or e-book editions. E-books have not lowered publishing costs of new popular titles so why should they receive a special discount?” I have this to say: I’m not an economics major or minor or anything, but I do know that one of the rules about pricing is that you can only price as high as the market will bear.  And I can guarantee you that nobody is going to bear e-books being the same price as physical books.  So we’ve got to work something out.  If this industry makes the same mistakes as the music industry did, we’ll look even stupider than them, a rare feat.

To end this post, I have to tell you about a book, which I don’t do enough here.  Yesterday we got in a special order book that I read the first chapter of while receiving, and it was so good I had to put it under other books so I didn’t read it.  Normally, I would buy such a book and take it home.  Not an option in this case, because it was an SO.  And I didn’t want to wait to finish it.  So after closing down the store, I left one light on and carefully finished the book, reading it in that half-opened way one reads a book so as not to break the binding.  It was worth it.  The book?  FREAK SHOW, by James St. James (Speak, 9780142412312).  The story of a transvestite teen who is stranded in a uber-conservative Florida boarding school, and one of the best voices I’ve read in a book in a long time.  Order, ignore Perez Hilton blurb on front, and enjoy.


2 comments so far

  1. Patrick on

    Oh my god, I used to work with James at Book Soup. He’s an awesome guy and so much fun. If you liked this book, you should check out Disco Bloodbath, his memoir (re-released with the inferior title Party Monster).

  2. Doret on

    Thanks for the tip on Freak Show, we actually have it in stock now I’ll have to check it out.

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