Daily Archives: April 11, 2012

Google EBooks Store No More?

What had been hoped to be an excellent way for indie bookstores to compete with all the online eBook retailers, has folded.

Google books announced that they’re quiting their program directed toward helping the small brick and mortar bookstores to easily sell eBooks. This program was anticipated by many to be a much-needed shot in the arm for indie bookstores. With the Google Books’ eBook program, the mom and pop independents would have been able to supplement slumping paper book sales created by the consumers’ ever-increasing trend to purchase eBooks online and, in a small way, would have helped fill the large hole in their retail business caused by Internet sales.

I don’t know about you, but as an indie author, I won’t miss this program. Months ago, I tried to publish my books in eBook form with Google Books, and found their process so tedious and confusing that I gave up.

So how will this affect indie bookstores? How about indie authors?

Here’s an article that explains more:

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/google-to-nix-ebook-sales-via-independent-stores-20120406-1wg1r.html

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Agency Model vs. Traditional Pricing: EBook Price-Fixers Fixin’ to Settle?

This just in: Apple and five major “price-fixing” publishing houses are fixin’ to settle with the US Justice Department after conspiring to control prices with their “agency model” vs. the standard and traditional way of retail pricing? Maybe. It looks like three of the big five publishers will.

What does this mean for the consumer–the eBook reading public? Maybe a check in the mail for all the over-priced eBooks they bought in the past, and much more reasonable pricing on big name, traditionally published authors’ eBooks in the future.

What does it mean to the “indie” authors who’ve found this time in publishing history to be a welcome boon to their publishing dreams? Perhaps stiffer competition with the brand name authors’ books? Maybe?

What do you think? Give us your dime’s worth–please comment!

But check out in this online Wall Street Journal article, first: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577337573054615152.html

BRAINSTORM is only $2.99 in Kindle EBook on Amazon.com!

BRAINSTORM is only $2.99 in Kindle EBook at Amazon.com!