Saturday, January 30th
Bug off, Bezos. And take your damned bookstore with you. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — In which I come out strong and swinging hard, to lay down my basic position. Nothing that has happened since has caused me any reason to alter my fundamental objection to Amazon’s bullying of writers through the withdrawal of the print titles. I do wonder if I’ve set myself up for some blacklisting. That would be utterly consistent with their behavior so far. (Some interesting comments in both iterations of this post.)
Sunday, January 31st
Amazon blinked [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — The idiotic Kindle board letter, which appeared to have been written by a twelve year old without advice of PR, legal counsel or shareholder relations. Except they didn’t. Not yet. That was Sunday, this is Wednesday, no further official statement, no change in the book sale listings. And very oddly, five days later as of Wednesday morning, this piece of jolly, self-serving tripe remains Amazon’s only public comment on the matter.
Monday, February 1st
Amazon’s Kindle readers, and the capitulation letter [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Comments on what I’ve been seeing on the Kindle boards. Plus I give the Amazon letter a thorough fisking. Click to this one if you want to see my deconstruction of the tripe.
A few links and notes on Amazon vs Macmillan [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — In which I discuss, among other things, significant misperceptions about authors which seem to abound among people mad at Macmillan for this fracas.
Tuesday, February 2nd
Wednesday, February 3rd