11 Replies Latest reply on Oct 14, 2010 6:21 AM by flyingtoastr

    Amazon 2-year exclusive on some big backlist titles

    Doug_Pardee

      Amazon has worked a 2-year deal to be the exclusive e-book outlet for the Wylie Agency's new Odyssey Editions imprint of premier backlist titles.

       

      Authors of the 20 initial titles include:

      • Martin Amis
      • Saul Bellow
      • Jorge Luis Borges
      • William S. Burroughs
      • John Cheever
      • Ralph Emerson
      • Louise Erdrich
      • Norman Mailer
      • Vladimir Nabokov
      • V. S. Naipaul
      • Orhan Pamuk
      • Philip Roth
      • Salman Rushdie
      • Oliver Sacks
      • Hunter S. Thompson
      • John Updike
      • Evelyn Waugh

      Pricing is expected to be $9.99 on all titles.

       

        • Re: Amazon 2-year exclusive on some big backlist titles

          Yeah, I saw that yesterday...  It seems very shortsighted of them, doesn't it????

          • Re: Amazon 2-year exclusive on some big backlist titles

             


            Doug_Pardee wrote:

            Amazon has worked a 2-year deal to be the exclusive e-book outlet for the Wylie Agency's new Odyssey Editions imprint of premier backlist titles.

             

            Authors of the 20 initial titles include:

            • Martin Amis
            • Saul Bellow
            • Jorge Luis Borges
            • William S. Burroughs
            • John Cheever
            • Ralph Emerson
            • Louise Erdrich
            • Norman Mailer
            • Vladimir Nabokov
            • V. S. Naipaul
            • Orhan Pamuk
            • Philip Roth
            • Salman Rushdie
            • Oliver Sacks
            • Hunter S. Thompson
            • John Updike
            • Evelyn Waugh

            Pricing is expected to be $9.99 on all titles.

             


             

            I just looked up "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Available at [vendor name redacted] for $9.99, Odyssey Editions (July 21, 2010). Interesting find, it doesn't even list that particular book on Inkmesh as an ebook.

             

            • Re: Amazon 2-year exclusive on some big backlist titles
              Doug_Pardee

              John Sargent (CEO of Macmillan) is not amused. He writes,

              I am appalled, however, that Andrew [Wylie] has chosen to give his list exclusively to a single retailer. A basic tenet of publishing is that our function is to reach as many readers as we can. We disseminate our books and the ideas within them as broadly as possible.  I understand why Amazon wants an exclusive deal with Andrew. They have asked us too for exclusive product, as has every major retailer we deal with. This is smart retailing, and a great deal for Amazon. But it is an extraordinarily bad deal for writers, illustrators, publishers, other booksellers, and for anyone who believes that books should be as widely available as possible. This deal advantages Amazon, which already has the dominant share in this market.

              So sayeth the CEO of a publishing house which has cut off all of its e-book outlets except Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and Borders; and which no longer permits its e-books to be lent via OverDrive.

               

              • Amazon 2-year exclusive on some big backlist titles lasts a month
                Doug_Pardee

                The big 2-year exclusive e-book deal that Amazon worked with the Andrew Wylie agency's "Odyssey Editions" imprint is dead for 13 of the 20 titles.

                 

                After the exclusive deal was announced, Random House froze the Wylie agency out of RH for "poaching" RH titles. After a month, Wylie blinked.

                 

                Amazon is still listing them at the moment, but the deal transfers the e-publication rights for those 13 e-books to Random House. RH will make them available through all of its outlets (meaning, everywhere but Apple).

                 

                The titles being reclaimed by Random House:

                 

                • London Fields, by Martin Amis
                • The Stories of John Cheever, by John Cheever
                • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
                • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
                • The Enigma of Arrival, by V. S. Naipaul
                • The White Castle, by Orhan Pamuk
                • Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth
                • Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie
                • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson
                • Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
                • Rabbit Redux, by John Updike
                • Rabbit is Rich, by John Updike
                • Rabbit at Rest, by John Updike

                Still being published by Odyssey Editions on an exclusive basis to Amazon:

                 

                • The Adventures of Augie Marsh, by Saul Bellow
                • Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
                • Junky, by William S. Burroughs
                • Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich
                • The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
                • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks
                • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh