Charlie Stross analyses the Amazon Macmillan fight

I linked on my LiveJournal to a short draft of this yesterday, but Charlie has now posted the expanded version of Amazon, Macmillan: an outsider’s guide to the fight. This is really worth your time to read, if you want to understand what’s been going on in the lead-up to this weekend’s uproar, and why Amazon is *not* working in the long-term best interest of readers.

Charlie also has a link round-up of other useful posts on the Amazon Macmillan stare-down.l

January 2010 book log

So, the books read in January:

1) EC Tubb — Veruchia (reviewed Jan 14)
2) Joseph Green — Star Probe (DNF, logged Jan 22)
3) Ellen Kushner, editor — Basilisk (logged Jan 22)
4) Dorothy Sayers — Five Red Herrings (logged Jan 22)
5) PD James — The Private Patient (logged Jan 30)
6) Terry Pratchett — Thud! (logged Jan 31)

Good start to the year, with a little over one book per week actually finished.

Amazonfail #3

Just in case you haven’t seen it — Amazonfail #3 is in progress.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012148.html
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/01/30/a-quick-note-on-ebook-pricing/
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/01/30/its-all-about-timing/

My view on this is fairly similar to Charlie’s. However, I simply stopped adding links rather than pulling all my links last time round, and was willing to forgive when they fixed the last one. The reason for that is that Amazon, for all its faults, was even throughout the LGBTfail willing to sell anyone pretty much anything, so long as they could actually track it down in the catalogue.

It’s different now. They’ve deleted an entire publisher from their catalogue. Not made it hard to find them, but pulled the entries altogether. And that takes away my reason to put up with assorted nonsense over the years, which was that Amazon was a lifeline for a lot of minorities, because it really would send you anything legal to buy, in a nice friendly brown box.

I won’t have time to sort out my website and blogs until I get home in a couple of weeks, but my Amazon links are going bye-bye.

Book log: PD James — The Private Patient

The most recent book in the Dalgliesh series, and there are hints in the text that it may be the last — unsurprising given the age of the author. I don’t think it’s the best in the series, but enjoyed it a great deal. I’m inclined to leave my own review until after I’ve read the preceding book in the series, as by chance I’ve acquired this one first. I’d agree with this and other reviews at LibraryThing.

LibraryThing entry.

Book log – Ellen Kushner, editor — Basilisk

Intended to do a full review, but still too sore from the fall. Here’s what I’d already written. Note — contents include Alan Garner’s short “Feel Free”, which covers some of the same themes as “Red Shift”, and the Earthsea short “The Word of Unbinding”

Ellen Kushner, editor — Basilisk

Anthology of fantasy short stories, first published in 1980. Going by the copyright page, this is a mix of reprints and new stories, originally published from 1956 to 1980. There’s a good mix of styles here. A couple of the pieces didn’t work for me, but this anthology had a very high hit rate for me.