News & Notes — 4/06/13

April 6, 2013 News & Notes 2

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, giveaways on this and other blogs, and other cool stuff.

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 R. I. P.:

Roger Ebert with wife Chaz Hammel-Smith and Nancy Kwan. Photo by Chuck Boller of the Hawaii International Film Festival.  Used under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 More Books & Ebooks in the News:

Brilliant playwright… and shady businessman?
    • Someone named Glenda Wallace has put up a petition to get Amazon to stop allowing returns on Kindle ebooks.  As you can imagine, many of the signers are authors, who are dismayed because some consumers are gaming the system — reading the book, then returning it.  And they’re right — that stinks, and it should be discouraged.  But here’s the thing: Amazon already discourages this practice.  According to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, Amazon cuts off ebook returns if a customer returns too many of them.  And there are good reasons to continue to allow customers to return some ebooks…  Look, I’ve seen print books returned because — gee, look! it’s missing pages 45-89.  Or half the pages are upside-down.  And if you read ebooks, I can almost guarantee you’ve gotten at least one that was badly formatted for your reader (or any reader) — or badly proofread, or more likely not proofread at all and riddled with errors.  Shouldn’t consumers have the right to return what is in essence a defective product?  


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    2 Responses to “News & Notes — 4/06/13”

    1. Bea

      I very much disagree with the Amazon petition. There are, as you said, valid reasons for an ebook to be returned and I’d hate to see the process made more difficult or taken away. And of course, many bookstores allow print books to be returned so why would ebook authors want to make purchasing ebooks less desirable? That would certainly hurt their sales.

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        I agree with you; I’m also against the petition. That said, the reason authors are worried is because some people misuse the privilege, returning ebooks after they have read them. In other words, they’re reading the books for free; the author gets no royalties. If I were an author, that would bother me — but it does seem that Amazon’s policy addresses that issue. (Incidentally, Amazon is the only company I know of that allows ebook returns at all; at all other retailers, sales are pretty much final.)