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R. L. Copple

How Much Do Ebooks Cost?

A common question, with the another underlying it: how much should an ebook sell for? The second query isn’t one I’m intending to deal with here, but I’ll say this much, what a product sells for is not parallel to the cost of the product. Yes, a company can’t stay in business very long if …

How to Avoid Vanity Publishers

There appears to be some confusion about what a vanity publisher is, as traditionally understood. Some associate vanity publishing with self-publishing or indie-publishing. Others with anything that isn’t traditionally published. Others regard any scam type of publisher as falling into the vanity category. So, what’s the real story? How do you know if the publisher …

Predatory Pricing and Amazon

The Authors Guild recently posted a blog entry called, “The Justice Department’s E-Book Proposal Needlessly Imperils Bookstores; How to Weigh In.” To give a quick summary of the article: the Justice Department should back off their anti-trust lawsuit against Apple and the publishers being accused of collusion, because Amazon was using “predatory pricing” to eliminate …

The Devaluing Myth

On April 1st, the Seattle Times published a story titled “Amazon trying to wring deep discounts from publishers” in its business and technology section. The concern appears to be summarized in a statement about two-thirds of the way down the article: While Amazon’s discounting long has made it the go-to place for many book buyers, critics …