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Welcome to the April edition of the e-publishing newsletter from Artmedia in Sydney, now reaching 4,650 writers, publishers, bookshops, libraries and media-smiths in Australia, New Zealand, America and worldwide.
This month we are making the news, not just breaking the news, as we publicise our correspondence with a1Books in New Jersey, who we fear may be 'making knowledge affordable' by not paying us. And we seek help from the epublishing community to bring publicity to this issue.
Reviews of Believers in love have started to come in, and I quote a section from aussiereviews.com below.
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"Believers in Love", a new novel by Alan Clay, takes the reader from Sydney's Bondi Beach, to a magic mountain in New Zealand, as an unlikely father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark on a crazy adventure which explores the transient nature of art and life, to discover that dreams are real.
"Believers in Love, the third offering by quirky Australian novelist, Alan Clay, is about love, laughter and life. The story is liberally interspersed by anecdotes taking an alternate look at life, sometimes from the point of view of the book’s characters, other times from beyond, but always with a depth which gives pause to the reader before the story continues. This is not just a story; this is an exploration of emotion and philosophy. A novel of journey and self-discovery." www.aussiereviews.com
Order either book now from bookshops in America, Australia, New Zealand, and England, or from online stores like www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnobel.com and find more information at
In July last year I discovered a company called a1Books selling my novel dance sisters 'used like new' on amazon for US$14.50, and not listing Artmedia as the publisher.
This aroused my suspicians and I asked my POD supliers, Lightning Source, to check if a1Books was part of the Ingram supply chain, and if they were, to ask them to correct the publisher information.
Immediately Ingram started making enquiries, Dance Sisters came off the Amazon zshops 'used book site' run by a1Books, but it remained on the a1Books site itself with no correction of the publisher information, and no satisfactory explanation.
Then last month I discovered them doing the same with my new book, Believers in Love. By this stage Dance Sisters was selling on their site for $11.75, totally blowing any suggestion that they could be doing it within the wholesale discount margin, as they admit themselves below.
So I sent a 'notice of demand' which I reproduce in full below, and received the acompanying email back from them, again reproduced in full. And, as promised, the books were duely removed, however now several weeks later they books have gone back up on their site again.
This time at the US list price of US$16.95, masking the souce of the product, but in clear breach of our notice of demand, so we are proceeding with the first item of notice from our notice of demand, by publicising our dispute.
How is it possible that a bug in their software faills to update the publisher information for my books over ten months of repeated requests, demands, promisses, and back tracks? It is still incorrect, at time of writing.
Could it be, that by not listing artmedia as the publisher, they are not then guilty of 'passing off' their product as another, even though they may still be guilty of copyright infringement if they are pirating my files .
What commercial opperation is going to stay in buisness with a bug in it's software which 'occasionally drops the price under the margin floor', as they claim below?
I invite anyone on this list who can help publicise this issue to do so, and any who can help us to take action on items two and three of our notice of demand, and I ask for others with experience with a!books to contact us. It is in all of our interests to resolve this.
While we can not be certain what a1Books are doing at this stage, until this is clear, please spread the word, "don't buy 'Believers in Love' from a1Books, you can get it cheaper anyway from amazon at 20% discount, or from your normal supplier, and then you can be sure that the artist is getting paid'.
Notice of Demand To: a1books.com 11 Stewart Place Fairfield, NJ 07004 USA Date: 22nd March 2002
On behalf of Alan Clay, author and copyright owner of ‘Believers in Love’ (ISBN 0957884400) and ‘Dance Sisters’(ISBN 0646302671) and of Artmedia Publishing, sole authorized publisher of these books, it is hereby demanded that, within seven days of the date of this notice, a1books.com:
Either: Permanently stop selling ‘Believers in Love’ and ‘Dance Sisters’, whether published by ATIA ( ), or by any other publisher, and remove all references to the books from the a1books.com site and amazon zshops.
Or: Provide written documentation of the legitimate source of these books to the copyright owner - explaining why the first copy of each of these books that you sell, is a ‘used’ copy, and how you can sell ‘Dance Sisters’ at a profit at US$11.75 - and immediately correct the publisher information for these books on your site to read Artmedia Publishing.
Failing one of these actions, we give notice that:
1 We will seek wide publicity for this dispute, to encourage a transparent process.
2 We reserve our right to pursue court action to force you to surrender all existing copies of ‘Believers in Love’ and ‘Dance Sisters’ in your possession and any files which could be used to create the books, plus provide a full accounting of copies sold and pay all moneys received through the sale of the books to the copyright owner.
3 Should it prove to be the case that you, or any related entity, are pirating the ‘Print on Demand’ files to these books, we also reserve our right to seek punitive damages calculated on a daily basis from the date of this notice.
Alan Clay Artmedia Publishing 18a Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia email@example.com www.artmedia.com.au
Dear Mr. Clay: We are removing ISBNs 0957884400 and 0646302671 from our site.
We receive them from Ingram Book Co. at a 35% discount. We do not buy stock to keep on hand. Ingram ships directly to our customers. We list as a used dealer on Amazon Marketplace because 1) there was not a "new" option when we began selling books there, and 2) some books (not these particular titles) we sell there are used or remainders, so we've never listed in the "new" category. We notice that many dealers listing as new are actually remainder dealers, so it seems to be a meaningless distinction. Until this moment, that is.
As for the pricing, we do not normally sell at such short markup and the price you quote for Dance Sisters seems to be a mistake. We have a bug which occasionally drops the price under the margin floor and we are working to correct this.
Another bug we are fixing is the insertion of our internal publisher identification code in the publisher field on our site.
I hope this has gone some way toward resolving our problems. I apologize for any trouble our listings have caused you and hope that we can work together to sell your books in the future.
Please feel free to contact me directly in the future should you have any other questions or concerns.
Best regards, Ben Archer Director of Sales & Marketing A1Books.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Alan, Congratulations on the e-newsletter. It is the first I've seen; I do something similar with Media Flash, which has now evolved into a daily e-newspaper. Your discussion of e-books interests me. I've published a number of books, but a recent try at a history of Melbourne radio station 3AK looked like being a financial disaster until I decided to publish it as an e-book. You can find it at www.long.com.au/3ak.htm " Best wishes, Ash Long, Media Flash
"The Red Room Project is to commission new and emerging writers, under 35 years, to write poetry for ‘The Red Room’ radio show ( 89.7fm Eastside Radio ) and also for national radio broadcast (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) and online. The selected writers will record their poetry and partake in a short, informal interview, both of which are broadcast on radio and published on line at http://www.eastsidefm.org/redroom The Red Room Project runs from Feb – Dec 2002. Only 30 poets are selected to participate in this groundbreaking project. Poems will be broadcast to a huge audience that includes many of Australia’s most esteemed writers. Writers of all styles, genres and backgrounds are encouraged to submit their most inventive, innovative and original poetry. Thanks to The Australia Council all writers are paid. Visit www.eastsidefm.org/redroom for details. Or phone Johanna Featherstone on 02 9332 1596.
"I am pleased to announce that the Independent e-Book Awards and Mystic-Ink are now part of the Digital Literature Institute, Inc. The good news is that the move is complete and the e-Book Awards website has a new home with the Digital Literature Institute. The bad news is that you will need to wait a few more months for the announcement of the short list for the Indie Awards because of the disruption from the move. The Awards Committee is currently working with the Preliminary Readers and the Judges on evaluating the nominations. The short list for the Independent e-Book Awards will be announced on May 31st." Best regards, Sunny Ross. Find a link to the Independent eBook Awards under Awards at http://www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
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