Linked: NYTimes Covers Amazon’s Foray Into Publishing

NYTimes reports on Amazon’s foray into publishing:

(Russell Grandinetti) pointed out, though, that the landscape was in some ways changing for the first time since Gutenberg invented the modern book nearly 600 years ago. “The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader,” he said. “Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”

Amazon has been launching imprints for the last year or so, including romance imprint Montlake Romance, thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer, and most recently sci-fi imprint 47North. Nothing new here, this article has been a long time coming.

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder how long it’s going to take B&N to go in this direction. 

  • Thip

    ‘Tis going to be interesting to see if Amazon will do a better job of hanging on to their writers. The guys on the bleeding edge (such as the DIY guru Joe Konrath) are already beginning to experiment with selling books from their own “mini-Amazons” ;o) I’m beginning to wonder if you Pandamian guys have guessed right, since Pandamian has the potential to become a writer’s “direct input device” to well-formatted e-books. All it takes is to have a number of different formats in the conversion application (a bit like the preformatted format choices in blogger). 

    BTW – your book list on Pandamian would look a bit more appetizing if it was not just a text list – perhaps you could use your standard black-box icon for books as an icon for each, and do some kind of auto-extraction of currently live (as in being-updated-regularly) titles? …OK, sorry I’m letting myself get carried away, I know how much work programming (and especially debugging) is ;o)

  • Thip

    Should have described “a number of different formats” a bit better – I know you guys have a number of “file formats” (epub, etc) up there, I was referring to a number of combined settings for font, chapter title/number styling, etc.

  • http://elijames.org Eli James

    Hey Thip, thanks for the comment. We’re getting there. ;-) I’ve learnt not to talk about our short term plans for Pandamian, but we do have quite a lot of things on our todo-list, pending verification with authors. 

    I have noted down both your suggestion about book lists as well as your suggestion on conversion styles. Thank you for taking the time to write in :)