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JD Holiday: JD’s Writers Blog: On VOX: Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers by Matthew Yglesias on October 22, 2014
Keep in the Publishing KNOW with Matthew Yglesias article:
Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers by Matthew Yglesias onOctober 22, 2014
Here’s a little real talk about the book publishing industry — it adds almost no value, it is going to be wiped off the face of the earth soon, and writers and readers will be better off for it.
The fundamental uselessness of book publishers is why I thought it was dumb of the Department of Justice to even bother prosecuting them for their flagrantly illegal cartel behavior a couple of years back, and it’s why I’m deaf to the argument that Amazon’s ongoing efforts to crush Hachette are evidence of a public policy problem that needs remedy. Franklin Foer’s recent efforts to label Amazon a monopolist are unconvincing, and Paul Krugman’s narrower argument that they have some form of monopsony power in the book industry is equally wrongheaded.
What is indisputably true is that Amazon is on track to destroy the businesses of incumbent book publishers. But the many authors and intellectuals who’ve been convinced that their interests — or the interests of literary culture writ large — are identical with those of the publishers are simply mistaken.
Books are published by giant conglomerates
Wisdom on this subject begins with the observation that the book publishing industry is not a cuddly craft affair. It’s dominated by a Big Four of publishers, who are themselves subsidiaries of much larger conglomerates. Simon & Schuster is owned by CBS, HarperCollins is owned by NewsCorp, Penguin and RandomHouse are jointly owned by Pearson and Bertelsmann, and Hachette is part of an enormous French company called Lagadère.
These are not tiny, helpless enterprises. Were their owners interested in the future of books and publishing, they could invest the money necessary to make their own e-reading apps and e-book store and render Amazon entirely superfluous. But the managers of these conglomerates don’t really care. If they can get famous authors to lobby the government to stop Amazon from killing them for free, then they’re happy to take the free labor.
But they don’t want to invest actual money and energy in competing with Amazon, they’d rather wring whatever remaining profit there is out of book publishing and dedicate the money to dividends or other industries they’re also involved in.
Amazon faces lots of competition
It is undeniably true that Amazon has a very large share of the market for e-books. What is not true is that Amazon faces a lack of competition in the digital book market. Barnes & Noble — a company that knows something about books — sells e-books, and does so in partnership with a small outfit called Microsoft. Apple sells e-books and so does Google.
These are not obscure companies. It is not inconvenient for customers to access their products. And since these are companies that are actually much bigger and more profitable than Amazon, there is absolutely no way Jeff Bezos can drive them out of business with predatory pricing.
Amazon’s e-book product is much more popular than its rivals because Amazon got there first, and the competition has not succeeded in producing anything better. But consumers who prefer to buy a digital book from a non-Amazon outlet have several easy options available, and thus a book publisher who chooses to eschew Amazon will not actually be unable to reach customers.
Read the rest at: www.vox.com/2014/10/22/7016827/amazon-hachette-monopoly
The Spy Game, a children’s picture e-book is on sale at Amazon for $.99:
REVIEW by Author and Book Reviewer, Fran Lewis
The Spy Game by J.D. Holiday
Eddie is kind of upset because he now has a responsibility he would rather not have at all. Eddie is now the owner of Sidney a black dog. Personally, I think Sidney is quite handsome, alert and definitely looks like a spy dog. He was named after a famous spy and just by looking at him you can tell that he is smart, alert and notices things that most other dogs would not. Eddie takes one look at Sidney who was watching him talk. Poor Eddie does not want a full-grown dog he wants a puppy.
Walking this dog would not be an easy task for him but each time he tried Sidney looked like he wanted to say something but we all know that dogs let us know their true feelings by the loudness of their barks or bays. Poor Eddie could not even go on the school bus with his two friends because he had to walk Sidney. You can tell how disappointed his friends Joel and Dana are just by looking at the expressions on their faces on page 9 in the colorful illustrations created by author J.D. Holiday.
To Eddie things just looked like they were going to get worse because he could not even play ball after school because he had to care for Sidney. But, something would change everything when his friend Dana comes charging up to him upset. Her cat was stolen and she thinks the cat people took her. Sidney, our clever and smart dog was listening and did not miss a word or a beat. Remember: he was named after a spy and just maybe he inherited some of the skills of a true spy that could help the good guys catch the criminals.
That night Sidney and Eddie hear something in his room. Could it be a burglar or just some noises from someone walking in the house? But, it caused Sidney to stir and bark really loud. Eddie was so grateful that Sidney was there he just might start to change his mind about this black dog. Just maybe that might become friends! So, Sidney and Eddie decided to stick together that night to make sure that everyone was safe and sound.
But, I think it would be more fun to hear the rest of the story from our famous dog: Sidney and maybe he will let you in on some of his training to detect danger, spies and who knows what else this great dog can do.
“Hi Everyone: This is Sidney: You won’t believe what happened the next morning before school. Eddie and I had breakfast together and he began thinking about how I could probably help him find Dana’s cat and maybe even go on some adventures together. That would be cool because I really like Eddie and hope he starts to like me too and forget about trading me in for a puppy.
So, we decided to go for a walk and we bumped into Dana he was really upset that her cat was still missing. Dana wanted to go to the house belonging to the cat people to see if her cat was there. That could be dangerous so Eddie and I decided she needed my professional help. Eddie took Sidney to the cat people’s house and Sidney did not see any cats. The cat people have too many cats and no one really knows just how many. I looked around and pretended to be sleeping but Eddie knew that I was just scouting the area and the territory when a woman opened the door of the cathouse dragging a wagon filled with boxes. Now, I have to find out what is in those boxes. But, the wait was not long because as the door slammed the boxes opened and an orange cat leaped out. Imagine how many others might be hidden in these boxes and where could she be taking them?
That I cannot tell you and I cannot tell you if I found Dana’s cat or what happens that causes Eddie to become my best bud or not. What I can tell you is that you have to read this great story about how a spy dog and a young boy named Eddie decided to give it a try and see where the spy game might take them or not. Can a black dog that is really smart help find a cat? Can a dog named Sidney and a boy named Eddie become good pals and help to find criminals, stray cats and more? That my dear readers and friends you will not learn from me but hopefully author J.D. Holiday will bring us back again for more adventures. By the way check out the cook pictures of the kids, the houses and of course me the handsomest spy dog in the world.”
Thanks for reading this review and I hope you will read this story to your own children, to other kids, to children in school, parents at story time or buy some copies for holidays and birthdays. Till next time. This is Sidney the worlds greatest spy dog and Fran Lewis saying this book gets: FIVE SIDNEYS