Agency Model settlement reached for some publishers
Good news for readers! The United States Department of Justice announced in a statement yesterday (April 11) that Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have reached a settlement where retailers will have “the freedom to reduce the prices of their e-book titles.”
This announcement was made at the same time that the DOJ reported filing an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple, Inc. and the five major publishers who first participated in the agency model, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition.
Read articles here: Marketwatch and Wall Street Journal.
Watch a video from Marketwatch about what this means to consumers:
 
Is it just me?
— Is it just me or is practically every new cookbook gluten-free recipes? Recipes now are either free of something or include every ingredient in the pantry, such as: Triple chocolate caramel layered brownies on pecan and coconut butterscotch crust with New York-style vanilla bean cheesecake filling and marshmallow fudge frosting. Is it just me or does that made-up recipe title sound yummy?
— Is it just me or are most contemporary romances now featuring a television/movie star or popular musician who is just looking for the simple life away from the stress of fame? Are these the people who have careers and money, replacing the wealthy corporate magnates of the past?
— Is it just me or are most self-help books either about losing weight or losing clutter? The weight loss need will always be a hot topic, but just a few years ago weren’t the decorating books all about displaying your collections? Now your collections have become clutter? Talk about setting the stage for your next book . . .
— Is it just me or are more novels featuring characters involved in political campaigns; employed by politicians or working to uncover corruption in government? Are these novels fiction or just remakes of the nightly news broadcast?
— Is it just me or are there hundreds, perhaps thousands of books about attracting and catching a member of the opposite sex, but only a few about what to do once you’ve caught one? Do any of the books give advice for attracting television/movie stars or popular musicians?
— Is it just me or is 80% of inspirational fiction historical romance? This market is ripe for something new – but no Hollywood stars or politicians, please.
— Is mine the only one or is your Kindle 2 doing a hard reboot about every 4 days? The archive list doesn’t include all my archived books, either. Now I’m thinking about buying a new Kindle Keyboard. Is it just me or does anyone else think the rebooting may be a marketing tool?
 
Cheap Reads by Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block is an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series, about the recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, respectively.
HarperCollins has priced forty-four of his novels at less than $5 with most of the books priced at $3.99 each. See the complete list here.
Below is the first Matthew Scudder novel The Sins of the Fathers (only 99 cents); the highest reviewed crime novel Eight Million Ways to Die ($3.99) and the most popular non-fiction book Telling Lies for Fun & Profit ($3.99).