October 10th, 2011

Amazon: Good? Evil? Neither?

In a recent note on the Amazon site introducing new pricing on Kindles, Jeff Bezos wrote, “"There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp."

Do I believe that Amazon is working hard to charge customers less for the good of the customer? Not for a moment. Amazon is a publicly traded stock. Like any for-profit company, their goal is to make a profit. And as this article says: “Analysts quickly observed that Amazon is likely selling its new tablet for significantly below manufacturing cost. Another commenter notes that the tablet's browser gives Amazon an unfiltered window into how users shop and transact.”

Plus, if you buy a Kindle, the only place you can buy ebooks for that Kindle is Amazon (although that might not be true for books out of copyright).

Amazon is not only selling you the contents of the books and the way that you read them, but more and more, it is also the publisher, as you can read here.

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Adult authors who are turning to YA

The USA Today looked at authors who write for adults who have turned to writing YA: Jodi Picoult with her teenage daughter (I keep seeing this type of partnership), Harlan Coben, Richard Paul Evans, Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, Candace Bushnell and James Patterson.

Read more here.

Authors might be jumping into YA because it’s so hot, but my reason for becoming a YA writer might not sound any better: on accident. I wrote a book that was interesting to me, featuring a 16 year old, and my agent said she thought it would sell well as a YA. I still write for both age groups, and the writing is the same - but everything around it, from audience to promotion, is often quite different.

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