Saw a couple of interesting tweets related to backlist titles.
1/2 as many people downloaded the Kindle version of my book today as had bought the print copy in the previous 12 years.
— Matt Briggs (@seedcake) January 11, 2012
I don’t really know much about this guy or his writing, but what I do know is that he lowered the price to $0.00 and got what I would say is a pretty amazing response. Sure, he didn’t make any money on it, but he does have other books and I would bet $$ he will see an increase on those as soon as people start finishing the free book and begin looking for more.
Smart, smart, smart!
Open Road Lawyers Up bit.ly/yJnGcP
— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) January 11, 2012
Here’s a brief bit from the link:
“It appears to us [Open Road] that HarperCollins is trying to intimidate authors, overturn established law and grab rights that were not in existence when the contracts were signed many years ago. We are confident that we will successfully defend authors’ rights and we look forward to filing our response in court,”
Now I don’t follow every book related lawsuit out there, so I could be wrong on this, but I think this is the first time there has been a lawsuit about this. The interesting thing here is that Open Road is no fly-by-night organization. It’s CEO is Jane Friedman, who is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. Again, I’m no lawyer here, but this seems like it could be a big deal.
So what do you think? Good stuff?
That’s it for today, folks. Chapter 5 awaits 🙂
Let me know what you think!