Amazon to Publishers: Cooperate with Kindle and get a healthier cut

This is a brilliant and very shrewd move, and hopefully a win for consumers.

Amazon laid out new rules for ebooks for publishers to follow to get a bigger cut of the revenue. As well as cheaper pricing than physical books ect. these points made me smile:

  • The title will be included in a broad set of features in the Kindle Store, such as text-to-speech.
  • The title is made available for sale in all geographies for which the author or publisher has rights

I’m glad that they are trying to encourage / cajole publishers to open up the features that this technology provide, to dissuade them from hobbling it in the pursuit of a quick buck. The second point should see the end of this arbitrary availability on some counties and not in others they don’t feel like.

Amazon have effectively bribed publishers to play the way they want and consumers want. Clever move. Ball’s in the publishers court now.

– via Gizmodo

Amazon to Publishers: Cooperate with Kindle and get a healthier cut