In case you missed it, London Book Fair 2014 was a week ago. And while we believe it’s important that publishers and even authors attend publishing industry events like LBF14, sometimes you just can’t fly half way across the world. In that case, you can scour the Internet for highlights and articles about the seminars, exhibits, and events so you can stay on top of trends and current industry conversations.
One of the most talked about speeches from LBF14 is the keynote speech by bestselling British author Anthony Horowitz, who called out Amazon as evil bastards that are contributing—if not single-handedly—to the decline of the publishing industry by dominating the book market with low prices that undermine actual value, DRM, and as Chief Executive of UK Booksellers Association Tim Godfray said, “destroying the competition…and then lock those customers in with their own proprietary systems.” But as Horowitz noted, he still uses Amazon because they are “wonderful.”
So the question is, if Amazon is leading the publishing industry into such a state of decline, how can they be wonderful? Well, as someone who has worked with the publishing side of Amazon, I can say they aren’t wonderful, not in a publishing sense. They don’t necessarily care about the […]