The war, or at least the battle, between Amazon.com and Macmillan publishers (corporate parent of my publisher, Tor Books) ended Sunday night when Amazon conceded that it would have to accept the new terms for selling ebooks. Last I checked, my own book still wasn’t back up for direct sale, but I trust it will be soon.
One of the best (short) commentaries on the matter is on E-reads.com, by Richard Curtis, literary agent and ebook publisher. (He happens to be my agent and ebook publisher, but that’s not why I’m recommending his column.) He’s been in this business for a long time, and has a pretty reliable nose for what’s happening.
Author Tobias Buckell outlines the situation pretty well from the author’s point of view. That’s a long post, but if you’re interested in learning more about how this crazy business works, it’s a good one.
And another excellent author’s view from Scott Westerfeld.
Me, I’m still annoyed at Amazon for using bombs as a negotiating ploy, especially when I’m close to one of the targets. Actually, I’m annoyed with Amazon on several counts, including their continued failure to get my books into the Kindle store. The hell of it is, though–I actually agree with them that cheaper ebooks will make more money for everyone, or at least for most of us.
It’ll be interesting to watch what happens when Apple truly enters the ebook business, and then there will be two gorillas in the ring.