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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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In Case I'm Your Main Personal Interpreter For The Publishing Industry
This week I'm making a big push on the anthology, so I'm not going to work up a big post on the Amazon/Macmillan spectacle. So many people have already done good, smart work trying to figure it out and explain it. annathepiper, for instance, has a fine introduction to the issue and an enviably complete roundup of links.

The short version is that Amazon tried to drag Macmillan into a round of especially undignified jello-wrestling, only to discover that Macmillan was boxing just fine by the Marquess of Queensbury rules, and that the authors whose books were affected added up to an army of PR ninjas.

John Scalzi's several posts on the unfolding conflict are both entertaining and illuminating. My favorite, and the least snarky, is his suggestion for how we can make something good happen for authors who got caught in the middle.

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