A Not-So-Golden Panel Discusses Amazon

As reported in Booklife

“Will Amazon lead us into a golden age of publishing?” was the topic of a New York-based panel organized by Ted Talkish the New America Foundation. It was a very poorly chosen panel. Howey is an endless propaganda machine who offers misleading rah-rah; the others were piecemeal players who couldn’t offer a coherent overview of the issues. There should have been an ABA rep there, a major lit agent, and a small or medium publisher who deals directly with Amazon on the issues that are hammering authors and publishers into the trenches. BTW, Howey’s contention that booksellers should stock Creatspace titles is just one example of his unsupported arguments. Booksellers stock relatively few print titles. They don’t stock books that aren’t returnable to a wholesaler (Createspace and most other POD books aren’t.)

About Deborah Smith

Author, publisher, partner and V.P. of BelleBooks and Bell Bridge Books NYT bestseller A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Wall Street Journal and Kindle bestseller THE CROSSROADS CAFE, also When Venus Fell, Silk and Stone, Charming Grace, and many others.
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