Friday, 31 July 2009
ARCHIVE BOOK BIZ NEWS - UK Kindle on the way
A UK version of Amazon's Kindle is expected this autumn - publishers recently announced that they were expecting a October release for the gadget which has been a huge success in the US market. Last week Amazon announced that they had secured a UK manufacturing deal for the device. One of the biggest problems to the digital market is pricing of e-books which the current US system hardly being fair to the consumer. The average price for a new release in the US is about $9.99 which is not that much lower than a regular printed edition.
Random House digs in over e-book rights - the company have come under fire from agents for offering royalties on e-books at a far lower rate than other publishers. Random House had provoked anger of both writers and agents by offering royalties of 25% for major authors but much less for writers with small sales.
Two Ravens Press are going against the trend by offering e-books at half the price of the printed editions - the books will also be DRM free which seems the way to go as DRM places unfair restrictions on the end user. Two Ravens are also to be applauded for their fair pricing on e-books.
Harver Secker Publishing have bought Henning Mankell's first new Wallander novel in ten years. The Troubled Man will be released in hardback in Feb 2011.