Return to Paper?

I was recently exposed to an article on declining eBook sales. I skimmed through the article and kicked off a discussion with my fellow authors which I’m sure will invite comment on here <Grin> but, I feel compelled to both support and debunk this article. Yes, I believe people are returning to paper for many reasons, not the least of which has to do with theft. I have said it many times in many places so I will say it again here. Until ebook readers cost less than a single…

Surround Sound Sucks

Quite some time ago I picked up a 2006 Toyota Avalon which I just love to drive. Quite possibly the best built car on the market. Strong reputation for last past 300,000 miles if you keep up with the oil changes and minor maintenance. One thing which has annoyed me since day one is the stereo sucked. It had decent reception and seems otherwise capable, but the sound sucked. This isn’t a huge problem for me because I normally listen to NPR. Not the kind of NPR enamored with finding…

The New New New Retail Model for Books

Retail locations which do not supply a niche have a physical problem. Space physically limits inventory. For a while some of the chains were promising next day from the warehouse and they stocked titles in the central/Web warehouse which could be sent out to any store location with their next daily stock order, but, I do not know if any still offer that. Impulse buyers aren’t willing to wait until tomorrow. There are currently multiple attempts to solve this physical problem. One of the more established solutions is the Espresso…

It’s a Jeep Thing

It was a sad day a couple of weeks ago. I finally bit the bullet and got rid of my 1990 Jeep Wagoneer Ltd. Sad day indeed. The Wagoneer wasn’t my daily driver. Actually, it was a really nice Jeep when I bought it in 2001. Sight unseen off eBay no less. Yes, I had it shipped cross country from some dealer lot in New Hampshire after I had them do a bit of work on it. Then both I and others did a bit more work on it once…

I Want to See My Title in Book Stores

You know, unless you are going to go the “traditional” publishing route with Hollywood Accounting which could bury 90+% of your royalties so it can line the pockets of upper management and their families . . . it’s the worst dream anyone can have. Here is a bit of math from self publishing side that does its own print runs. Let us take a mythical book selling chain or super market with exactly 1000 retail locations to make math easy. According to this link  BN has 700 stores and 600…

Beware of Book Pricing Scams

There is currently a massive book pricing scam going on industry wide. The bulk of this problem can be laid squarely at the feet of Amazon.com’s lack-of-management team. Other selling services have now figured out how to exploit this ethic-less on-line retailer world with various automated pricing scams of their own. Each one designed to get their vendors “the most for their products.” Amazon is big part of the problem Part of this, a large part actually, of this problem has to do with Amazon Prime. I don’t sell on…

Is Sending Money by U.S. Post Office Illegal?

This question comes up a lot. I hear all kinds of people nattering about this at various times. I’ve even had a client tell me this straight faced and point out one guy who was currently in our building who went to jail for it. Well . . . yes, he went to jail and yes, one of the charges in the conviction had sending money through the mail in the wording but, like Al Gore, they left out all of those inconvenient facts which didn’t support their conclusion. Granted…

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