Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Does Not Sound Glad About It

People wait in line at Macmillan Publishers to have books autographed by their authors at last year's Book Expo America in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Within an open letter to writers and illustrators Thursday, Macmillan CEO John Sargent broke the big news: The writer reached a multiyear pricing arrangement with Amazon late a week, covering both print and electronic publications.

“It lets us develop our company with Macmillan and their writers,” Gelman wrote. “Significantly, the agreement especially makes a financial incentive for Macmillan to provide lower costs for subscribers.”

But do not throw a ticker-tape parade rather yet.

“In gaining agreement with Amazon, we haven’t addressed one of those huge issues in the digital market,” Sargent wrote. “Through excellent invention and prodigious amounts of danger and challenging work, Amazon retains a 64% market share of Macmillan’s e-book enterprise. As publishers, writers, illustrators, and agents, we want wider channels to attain our subscribers.”

Sargent also pointed into the continuing legal battle over Apple’s alleged conspiracy to correct e-book rates. He explained that the court’s judgment, which is presently being appealed, effectively” decided that publishers will be asked to let Apple unlimited discounting” on e-books before 2017.

With no mirth, Sargent noted: “Irony prospers from the electronic era”

Citing those problems, Sargent stated Macmillan will start experimenting with new avenues to market, such as a subscription model which will be analyzed”largely with names which aren’t well reflected in bricks and mortar retail shops.”

An Offer They Could Likely Refuse: Paulo Coelho has an option for Sony in its conundrum over The Writer: Permit Coelho purchases it. The bestselling writer of The Alchemist has taken Sony Pictures to action, saying it”accepted that the terrorist needs” by scrapping the movie in the face of threatened violence. On Thursday, Coelho took the criticism after step further using a deal on Twitter:

In remarks emailed to USA Today, Coelho connected Sony’s problems into the passing sentence issued over Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses. “People weren’t driven by this culture of fear we see today,” Coelho wrote. “So publishers confronted the danger, and a few folks died (I understand a Scandinavian publisher that had been murdered). But freedom of language lived.”

Coelho included: “Once I published that converse, I had been aware that today I’m also on the line of fire. But you stand for your values, or you do not deserve the freedom you’ve got.”

The launch Thursday of the Independent Library Report for England has garnered a fast reply, by Your Bookseller. Not only has it received wide approval, but Joshua Farrington reports, but U.K. civilization ministry Ed Vaizey has taken up among their record’s key recommendations: the establishment of a task force to plan and implement sweeping changes to the nation’s public library system. Vaizey explained the task force’s first meeting is set to occur in the spring.

“I wholeheartedly encourage the public library service that has been making an essential contribution to the understanding, pleasure, and quality of life of communities in every area of England for at least 150 decades,” Vaizey went on to state in a statement. “They are a precious part of our ethnic heritage, and also a vital player later on “