Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Paddy's Day Sale, and also a little bit of linkspam.

David Gaughran is hosting a sale of 30 books by 26 authors, all of them reduced to $.99 for this weekend only.

I feel a binge coming on.

And then in other indie-related news, the Department of Justice has given notice to five major publishing houses as well as Apple that they intend to sue them for price-fixing e-books under the agency model. Authors Guild president Scott Turow weighs in here. David Gaughran (you know what, just follow him already, he's a hoopy frood) weighs in here, with JA Konrath and Barry Eisler adding their two cents here. I don't agree with some of the points made (umm, monopolies are bad, mmmkay, and the average person cannot make an Amazon like they can make an ebook), but I think that it's incredibly fascinating that Turow is focusing almost entirely on an emotional argument. Big red flag, y'all. Big, big red flag. In fact, it's almost as big a red flag as Barnes and Noble trying to pull a moral argument out of their asses when they were the ones who put most of the indie bookstores out of business in the first place.

And I'm still stuck on the fact that an organization called The Authors Guild is so desperately shilling for publishers against the average author.

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