Tag Archives: penguin

The Author Exploitation Business

Writing is a glamorous occupation – at least from the outside. Popular depictions of our profession tend to leave out all the other stuff that comes with the territory: carpal tunnel syndrome, liver failure, penury, and madness. Okay, okay, I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 268 Comments

A List of Things Scott Turow Doesn’t Care About

Scott Turow woke up from his slumber recently to bark nonsense about Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads on the Authors Guild blog, before being thoroughly eviscerated in the comments. Undeterred, Turow sought out the considerably larger platform of the New York … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 87 Comments

Publishers Behaving Badly, Part… I’ve Lost Count

There seems to be a view in certain self-congratulatory circles that publishers have finally got to grips with the digital revolution, that they have weathered the fiercest part of the storm, and that they are well-placed now not just to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 98 Comments

Penguin’s Solution for Authors: One Racket To Rule Them All

Regular readers of this blog will know all about Penguin’s purchase last July of the universally reviled Author Solutions – a company infamous for overcharging writers, doing a terrible job of publishing their books, and forcing ineffective and expensive marketing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 126 Comments

Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing operation, Archway Publishing, contracting one of the most disreputable players in the business to run the show: Author Solutions. We’ll get to that distasteful link-up in a second, but first let’s have a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 284 Comments

Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

There’s a lot of talk at the moment that cheap books are destroying the industry. In traditional publishing circles especially, fingers are being pointed at self-publishers (and their chief enablers, Amazon), who stand accused of encouraging a race to the bottom, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 201 Comments

Penguin’s New Business Model: Exploiting Writers

I don’t normally post here just to inform you of articles I have written elsewhere, but I think this one is important. Most of you will have heard the news that Penguin’s parent Pearson has purchased the infamous self-publishing services … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

How The Agency Model Led To An Antitrust Suit

As reported yesterday, the Department of Justice has filed its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the largest publishers (Macmillan, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster). A settlement has been agreed with HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster; … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 87 Comments

Penguin Launches Rip-Off Self-Publishing “Service” Targeting Inexperienced Writers

Penguin has unveiled a self-publishing service – which will operate under the aegis of its online writing community Book Country – but questions are being asked about the huge fees they are charging, and the massive royalty cut that they … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 143 Comments