Comments for The Passive Voice http://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:44:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Comment on Amazon’s Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell by Terrence OBrien http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/amazons-ambitious-bets-pile-up-and-its-losses-swell/#comment-230852 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:44:42 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54222#comment-230852 I think the biggest revenue drop came from the cloud services where competition has ramped up.

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Comment on A Game as Literary Tutorial by Nikki http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/a-game-as-literary-tutorial/#comment-230851 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:39:41 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54225#comment-230851 oh my goodness you guys are hilarious and I love it!

+5 to charisma

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Comment on How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List by Terrence OBrien http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/how-kindle-unlimited-is-changing-the-amazon-kindle-best-seller-list/#comment-230848 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:27:19 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54204#comment-230848 I’m calling a Time Out on the field.

Isn’t DBW using the exact same technique in scraping data from Amazon that Howey and Data Guy use in the Author Earning report?

They are taking snapshots in time, and presenting the results with accompanying commentary.

I’m applaud DBW for recognizing the value of the technique. Let’s see more of it, and less of the Harvard stuff.

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Comment on Amazon’s Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell by Tom Simon http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/amazons-ambitious-bets-pile-up-and-its-losses-swell/#comment-230847 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:15:34 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54222#comment-230847 From Amazon’s point of view, this is barely even the sideshow. They run the circus, and the carnival geek is demanding a raise, and they are patiently explaining to him that biting the heads off of live chickens does not make him a star.

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Comment on How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List by Terrence OBrien http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/how-kindle-unlimited-is-changing-the-amazon-kindle-best-seller-list/#comment-230846 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:11:08 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54204#comment-230846 Forcing them out? That is competition.

It will be very interesting to see the next Authors Earning report from Howey and Data Guy. It could show a significant jump in market share for independents.

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Comment on How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List by Terrence OBrien http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/how-kindle-unlimited-is-changing-the-amazon-kindle-best-seller-list/#comment-230845 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:05:47 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54204#comment-230845 I think that would be limited to people who exculsively use Nook readers or Kobo. All the other tablets and smart phones can easily deliver the Kindle app.

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Comment on Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing by Scath http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/unknown-authors-make-a-living-self-publishing/#comment-230843 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:27 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54228#comment-230843 Funny, because the two books I’m earning most of my living from are priced $2.99.

Though to be fair, while $2.99 IS within the 70% royalty range, you don’t actually receive 70% because of the Delivery Cost, but just under it. Like, 69.8% in my case with the two titles mentioned above. Close enough for me! =)

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Comment on How Nora Roberts became America’s most popular novelist by Renee http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/how-nora-roberts-became-americas-most-popular-novelist/#comment-230842 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:48:42 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54190#comment-230842 I rarely like her Nora Roberts titles but a few, Hot Ice, Carnal Innocence (for the truly surprise ending), and a few of her more paranormal type books remain favorites or at least liked but I really do love the J.D. Robbs and used to have the audios on pre-order as soon as they were announced even if, as Bill said, her detecting ability isn’t all it could be but I love the characters and the dialog and can listen to them over and over.

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Comment on A Game as Literary Tutorial by Dennis McAllister http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/a-game-as-literary-tutorial/#comment-230841 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:28:29 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54225#comment-230841 So you have something else in common with G.R.R. Martin, Kris!
(the other, being a kick-a$$ fantasy writer, of course)

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Comment on Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses by Andrew Claymore http://www.thepassivevoice.com/07/2014/prototype-display-lets-you-say-goodbye-to-reading-glasses/#comment-230840 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:08:09 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=54219#comment-230840 No problem, Dan. You just write down the specs for your current TV and then head over to walmart…

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