Posted on December 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The holiday week has been full of minor and major business moves, so we’re rounding them all up in one spot for your easy perusal.
Amazon has been both nice and naughty lately, according to posts at The Digital Reader.
Nate Hoffelder notes that KDP users can now advertise in France, Spain, and Italy.
But KDP users should be aware of author Rosanne Bowman’s current uphill battle — while she can set her print books’ list price at the distributor (in this case, Ingram), she can’t control what anyone who buys books from the distributor then sells them for (here, Walmart).
Once Amazon noticed that Walmart had reduced the print books below Bowman’s Amazon price, it told her that she’s violating the terms of service and suggested that she take the issue up with Walmart.
It’s unclear whether we’ll consider Rakuten to be naughty or nice for agreeing to sell OverDrive to private-equity firm KKR & Co.; the news (but no price tag) was reported Tuesday.
We’ll also leave the right to judge behind when it comes to the latest news from the licensing world.
The top European Union court has ruled that consumers can’t resell (or otherwise pass along) ebooks and other digital files; the ruling, according to Bill Rosenblatt at the Copyright and Technology blog, is consistent with a 2018 circuit court ruling in the United states.
The American Library Association has published a new technology report on how digital rights management affects book publishing and library; you can peek at the table of contents and preorder the book on the ALA's website.
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