Drinker, carouser, lover of butter.
Ahhh! I just bought my ticket to Vancouver's Hopscotch this week, and this article has got me SO! EXCITED!
PS Ellen is right, the Japanese whiskies are pretty great!
@stuffisthings Stephanie Nolen (I love her!) did a piece about the effects of the garment industry in Bangladesh in the aftermath of the tragedy, that brought up a lot of those points. It was really interesting: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/cheap-clothes-have-helped-fuel-social-revolution-in-bangladesh/article11589450/
@ohyeahmetoo I don't personally work with ebooks (I work on the sales side of print), but from speaking to colleagues, the cost of producing an ebook is about 80% of the cost of producing a pbook. And considering you don't get a second kick at the can (hardcover and paperback), it's tough for a lot of publishers to justify the pricing Amazon wants.
@meetapossum Most of that is true, except for the idea of any publisher giving Amazon a 40% discount. Part of the push from Amazon has also been bigger and bigger discounts from publishers. I think at most you can give them 50%, and if you don't play nice, they mark your books with a ship date of three months. Like, books that would be in the Amazon warehouse in 5 days, will be marked with a three month delivery date.
@leon s Dude, nobody is saying the internet is bad, people are saying Amazon is a corporation that does not want what's best for you, for artists, for publishers, or for any of us that are not Jeff Bezos.
@harebell Um, but don't always do that, because there are a lot of really hard working sales reps and bookstore buyers who get squat if you do that!
@squishycat The ABA has signed a contract with Kobo, so you SHOULD be able to buy ebooks from your local indie (if they're an ABA member) on the Kobo platform. I'm not entirely certain how this works/is going to work, because I'm in Canada, but it sounds really promising. The guy who bought Kobo not too long ago is a really big champion of bricks & mortar stores.
@miss olsen If you're shopping at Amazon and B&N it's because they're listing/carrying fewer titles. There's been a bit of a dip in the last few years, but as a general rule, the number of new titles being published goes up every year.
@themegnapkin I gave up 1/4 in. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE FUCKING CAVES, JEAN!