- Posted by Johanna on March 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Amazon’s Print on Demand Monopoly
Amazon owns BookSurge, a print-on-demand publisher. They have begun notifying authors who have books listed on Amazon.com from other POD publishers that Amazon won’t support other POD sources. Authors have been told that
unless their titles are printed by BookSurge, the buy buttons on Amazon for their titles will be disabled…. [They] can still use Amazon’s Advantage Program (which works on a consignment model) or third party vendors to sell their POD books
The Wall Street Journal concludes
Amazon is intent on using its position as the premier online bookseller to strengthen its presence in other phases of bookselling and manufacturing. Amazon is one of the biggest booksellers in the U.S., with a market share publishing experts estimate to be about 15%.
Girl Cartoonist Takes Day Job
I won’t be doing a weekly comic for gURL.com anymore. It pains me to do it, but financial difficulties, especially those generated by my jaw and self-employment taxes, make it nigh on impossible to live my dream anymore.
It’s a new life. I loved making comics for a living, but it was just too hard to keep making them when I was constantly worried about my security. I hope you can understand. Thank you for reading as long as you have.
She has offered to refund donations if desired, given her new circumstances. I think she’s being much too hard on herself. Many many comic creators can’t do it full time as their only living. And reducing her worries will be better for her work.
I was astounded to see DC head honcho Paul Levitz contributing to the Newsarama blog. (Interesting, isn’t it, that Marvel head Joe Quesada has just left Newsarama? And that Levitz is on the blog, not the main site?)
Unfortunately, he’s not really up on the modern wide world of comics. For instance, he says “literary graphic novels [had] no major new hits in ’07”. Really? What about Exit Wounds or Alice in Sunderland, to name just two? John Jakala had similar concerns about Levitz’s manga numbers.
The comments are wearying, as fans take the opportunity to sound off on everything they disagree with that DC’s ever done.
Superman Returns to Owner
But the big news this weekend is that the heirs of Jerry Siegel reclaimed their share of the rights to Superman.
This is a decision to be applauded. Regardless of whether or not you think the original sale was fair ($130 for all rights in all media forever) or a company exploiting two young, inexperienced creators, later laws extended the period of copyright control without giving anything more to the writer and artist. This is a well-deserved remedy. Still to be determined is just how much money the Siegels are owed, and then there’s a possible future Shuster reversion for the rest of the property.
If you want to see the worst of human nature, check out the Newsarama blog article (link no longer available), where commenters blame the creators for being greedy and “money hungry” and come up with ridiculous extrapolations about how this is going to take money out of the pockets of current working artists. No, this is going to establish that a creator deserves to benefit from their creation.
Read more about the legal ramifications. Note that the copyright reversion request was originally filed in 1997, which means it took 10 years for the declaration to be settled. Let’s see how long stubborn Time Warner drags out actually paying the heirs what they deserve.