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2Apr/110

A frontlist first: Amazon.com took part in the Amanda Hocking book auction

Crain’s New York Business reports that the multi-publisher auction that resulted in Amanda Hocking signing a two-million-dollar four-book deal with St. Martin’s Press had one unexpected participant—Amazon.com. Although Amazon has worked several exclusive deals to publish backlist books or specialty projects (most recently signing the Catherine Cookson estate for a 95-book deal), this is believed to be the first time the company actually competed for the right to publish frontlist titles.


If Amazon had won the auction, the print editions of the books would have been published by Houton Mifflin Harcourt, which could theoretically have meant the books would be carried by Amazon competitor Barnes & Noble, too (though there is some doubt that B&N would have been willing to play along knowing who the “real” publisher was).

Perhaps most interestingly, Amazon actually made the highest monetary offer for the book, according to insiders, but insisted on being the exclusive outlet for the e-book edition. Hocking and her agent reportedly found this offer less attractive.

“[Amazon] has less than 65% share of the e-book market and dropping, and 20% to 30% of the print market,” the executive said. “[The author and agent] would have anticipated significant lost sales.”

If Amazon wants to get into the frontlist publishing game, the company may have to compromise on the exclusivity part of the deal. Amazon might be an 800-lb gorilla, but it doesn’t entirely rule the jungle. It seems unlikely that contract terms reducing overall availability will be popular with most authors and agents.

1Apr/110

Movie 1 – Back at the helm – part 1 (Subtitles)


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Han left some of the most prestigious directorships in Swedish business to sail round the world. Here you watch 20 movies about it. Website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Buy it at www.amazon.com (also available as Kindle ebook). A second book " In the wake of Cook" will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.


31Mar/110

Movie 5 – Patagonia – part 1 (subtitles)


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Movie no 5 take you along the Chilean Channels from Ushuaia - the most southern city in the world - to Puerto Montt. Yaghan meets the worst storm ever gusting 100 knots. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com (also available as Kindle ebook). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.


31Mar/110

Random House says digital will become a significant part of their business

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From The Bookseller:

Random House c.e.o. Gail Rebuck has said she expects digital to become a “significant” part of its business in 2011 ….

RHG expanded its e-book programme to include 25,000 titles worldwide by the end of 2010. In the United States, Bertelsmann said as much as half of first week fiction sales were now in digital. …

Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.

31Mar/110

Movie 8 – Halway round the world – part 1 (subtitles)


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Movie no 8 take you to Fiji and New Zealand. After 22.000 nautical miles Yaghan is refitted at Orams in New Zealand. Arne and Helene fly home to Sweden over Christmas. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com (also available as Kindle ebook). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

30Mar/110

Movie 4 – Antarctica – part 1 (subtitles)


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Movie no 4 take you across Drake Passage to Antarctica - Melchior Island and Port Lockroy - over Christmas and New Year as a part of Yaghans circumnavigation 2006-2009. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title:"Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com.(also available as Kindle ebook). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

28Mar/110

Movie 7 – Snorkling with the whales in Tonga – part 1 (subtitles)


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Movie no 7 take you to from French Polynesia via Suwarow to Tonga as a part of Arne and Helénes circumnavigation with Yaghan 2006-2009. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com ( also available as Kindle ebook ). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

28Mar/111

Movie 2 – From Canary Islands to Brazil – part 1 (subtitles)


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After provisioning in the Canary islands it is time to cross the Atlantic to Brazil. Se also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com (also available as Kindle ebook). Second book - " in the wake of Cook" - will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.

26Mar/1125

Jim Rohn Setting Goals Part 1


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www.AsAManThinketh.net for a Free eBook of one of Jim Rohn's favorite books. In this video the legendary teacher, trainer and mentor to millions worldwide shares some very simple yet profound steps we can take when setting goals. Part One.

21Mar/117

Part 1 of Tom Clark’s speech to the Freethought Association


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Part 1 of 6 of Tom Clark's speech to the Freethought Association of West Michigan on February 9, 2005 This video's topic is Naturalism: The Next Step for Humanists? It was presented by Tom Clark (who is the Director of the Center for Naturalism in Boston) to the Freethought Association of West Michigan. The Center for Naturalism is an educational non-profit organization devoted to increasing public awareness of scientific naturalism and its implications for personal and social well-being. The CFN (Naturalism.org seeks to foster the idea that human beings are fully caused, entirely natural phenomena, and that human flourishing is best achieved in light of such understanding. The Freethought Association's minutes of the presentation can be found by using the following URL: www.freethoughtassociation.org Also links to free eBooks are provided below for furher reading: facts4u.com facts4u.com facts4u.com Philosophical Scientific Naturalism Freethought Atheism Psychology Sociology Determinism Free Will Moral Responsibility Crime Causation

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