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Making Book

And now maybe HarperCollinsSimonSchuster. It’s mega-merger time. I don’t pretend to know what the motivations are. I have read about international good fit: the one weak in South America was strong in the Middle East and vice versa. But John Naughton in The Guardian gives us a “let’s gang up on Amazon” rationale for the RH/Penguin deal.

It’s pretty common these days to sling mud at Amazon. Easy to forget that they sell most of our books — and not just by cannibalizing sales which would have been made elsewhere — they have grown the market. Still they live in such a closely intertwined relationship with the publishing industry today, that their many demands niggle at us more than they really warrant: “There they go again”. Almost anything they do now is greeted with suspicion. Here’s a bit from Shelf Awareness on 9 November about the shutting down of the…

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