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Plagiarized Books Remain A Huge Problem on Amazon

Publishers Marketplace provided this link concerning the plagiarized self-publishing of e-books on Amazon.   The article initially appeared on June 5, 2016, in “The Atlantic” magazine.  I’ve consistently (tragically) pointed out instances of prolific offenders who take advantage of bona fide authors by placing plagiarized works via Amazon.  The company […]


The Washington Post “Best Book of the Year” List and the Smell Test

I reported (a strong word for what I do, I know, ha ha) that The Washington Post has placed a self-published  Romance, SERVING PLEASURE,  on its “Best of the Year” list.  Boy, did I miss on this.  Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post–and this book’s an Amazon favorite.  Coincidence?  Come […]


CreateSpace “smallpdf” Link

I don’t believe many people have registered stronger opposition to Amazon’s monopoly status than I.  Indeed, the firm’s reach extends to virtually all aspects of consumer commerce.  But I’ve also pointed out what I consider the positive of what the company has created with respect to entities such as CreateSpace.  […]


Activists Versus Amazon “Comments” Deletion

Activists versus Amazon, the hits keep right on comin’.  Amazon now purportedly deletes book “comments” if they are from activists (the posts, not the books).  First, these aren’t activists.  They are trolls: malcontents who claim to believe everything is a conspiracy.  How is something proffered by a legitimate activist the […]


Rigging Book Reviews

It’s impossible to understand what’s occurred with book reviews related to everything from relevancy to honesty without mentioning John Locke’s admission that he paid for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 book reviews and found this perfectly all right. I’ve always believed that it’s easy to be enamored with something […]


E-Book Price Points–Best Days of Week to Run Promotions

I have some statistics I want to share regarding the two separate free promotions I ran on Amazon for HOW TO WRITE WHAT PEOPLE WILL PAY TO READ!  The initial promotion ran for three days, February 24-26, and the second freebee ran over the March 21-22 weekend.  The 3-day promotion […]


Statistics Show Why It’s So Difficult for Debut Authors to Become Published by Big 5 Imprints

  Amazon has something like 500,000 exclusive self-published titles available–while the entire Big 5 with its several hundred imprints publishes around 50,000 titles each year.  And this includes both fiction and nonfiction.  If you read Publishers Marketplace, you’ll see that it reports about 50 new titles each day.  The math […]


Amazon Prime Author Royalties Offer Huge Disparity

Amazon has finally answered the question regarding how much authors will be paid if someone accesses a book via its Prime program that allows downloading any number of books for a flat rate of $9.99 per month.  The Amazon stipend is currently at $1.47, so for those of us who […]


Amazon Has Difficulty Marketing Its Private-Label Titles

It sure ain’t easy, even for the very best, to market a book in today’s environment. Amazon’s private imprints are a prime example, as it’s been widely reported that their general trade lines have fallen woefully short of expectations. I commented in my Newsletter that Larry Kirshbaum, Amazon’s private label […]


Is the Future of Publishing Tied to the Espresso Book Machine?

In recent Newsletters I’ve made my contention clear that I believe the large brick and mortar bookstore will sadly become a thing of the past, and sooner rather than later.  I noticed recently that Books-a-Million is placing Espresso Book Machines in their stores in Birmingham, Alabama, and Portland, Maine.  This […]