The public radio program, On the Media, held two interesting discussions about Amazon publishing that Passive Guy heard yesterday. PG couldn’t find transcripts, so he links to the audio files, which are not long.
Here’s one that includes an interview with Mike Shatzkin who talks about reactions of publishers and other bookstores to Amazon Publishing. He observes that Amazon and Apple act like tech companies who keep their plans close to the vest as opposed to publishers who gossip about almost everything.
PG has a great deal of respect for Mike, but his observation shows a disconnect with the tech world, where the gossip flows quite freely for almost everybody except Apple, but that gossip doesn’t happen in Manhattan.
Mike also discusses the recent class action suit against Apple and five big publishers for price-fixing with agency pricing. The way Mike explains how agency pricing came about is a classic example of collusion for fixing prices.
The second interview tells the story of author Deborah Read, who couldn’t get any action via traditional publishers. She entered her book in an Amazon story contest, didn’t win, but did receive an email from an Amazon Encore editor and, well, you’ll have to listen to hear the end of a lovely story.
Deborah talks about how Amazon helps sell her books not only in the US, but also the UK.