Monday, December 20, 2010

The Christmas Count


In addition to my Christmas Contest, I thought I'd add a pointer to my most popular Christmas story, The Christmas Count. It has been published and republished in anthologies, but none of those are easy to find right now. But it's right here on my rather massive website.

BTW, I've been building www.HenryMelton.com for many, many years now, and it's been through many changes, but it's the most definitive list of my works, and many of the short fiction pieces I've written for the magazines are available to read if you just browse through the library.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Duplicate Kindle Editions

This is the content of an email just sent to digitalrights@amazon.com  
Now, I don't think Amazon is trying to mess me up.  Probably it's a case of one group working without awareness of the legal and practical issues involved.  But it is still more work for me.  I wouldn't bother you guys with it, other than this blog has always included a fair number of articles about the nuts and bolts of publication.  This is just another case of nuttiness.

-- Henry



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This is the third occurrence of Amazon illegally creating unauthorized Kindle editions of my books.  

PLEASE STOP DOING THIS.

Please merge sales records from the illegal versions into my authorized editions and remove the bogus ones from your catalog.
In addition to the reasons stated below for keeping one authorized edition per title, these new pirate editions are not under my control and I am unable to provide corrected editions, price changes and other maintenance as necessary.

Please notify me when this is done.
-- Henry Melton, Wire Rim Books




Authorized Kindle Edition
Author
Price
Release Date

Unauthorized Editions
Emperor Dad
(ASIN: B001EQ60X0)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Jan 23, 2010

B001N7QNOQ

Extreme Makeover
(ASIN: B001LNOPBU)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Nov 20, 2008

B001N7QNPK

Falling Bakward
(ASIN: B001ULBTX0)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Mar 5, 2009

B0024NP3GW

Follow That Mouse
(ASIN: B0040V4AN8)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Aug 26, 2010

B0040RV37S
Golden Girl
(ASIN: B002PSD2SC)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Sep 20, 2009

B002PNW6JI

Lighter Than Air
(ASIN: B001LRQ816)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Nov 22, 2008

B001N7QNQ4

Pixie Dust
(ASIN: B003EIIWZU)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Mar 30, 2010


Roswell or Bust
(ASIN: B001LRQ82U)
Henry Melton (Author)
$4.99
Nov 22, 2008

B001N7QNOG
Time Quadrants
(ASIN: B002G9UFXU)
Henry Melton (Author)
$0.99
Jul 6, 2009


Here are copies of the previous demands for elimination of duplicates.  

Sent 07/08/09

I have been publishing titles through the DTP web interface and also creating mobipocket versions distributed through ebookbase.  When I realized that this could lead to duplicated titles showing up on the Kindle store, I explicitly revoked amazon as a downstream reseller of the mobi versions just to avoid this duplication.  That occurred on 4/19/09.  Unfortunately, that was not enough to stop additional duplications from appearing in the catalog.  



Because 

1. I do not want the ranking dilution of having two copies of each of my titles, 

2. and because your downstream conversions of my ebookbase titles likely have the DRM that offends many e-book purchasers while my DTP versions do not, 

3. and because splitting the revenue stream into two smaller branches will cause reduced income to me,

4. and because (in some cases) I am maintaining separate ISBN numbers for the ebookbase and kindle titles,



I would like the five duplicated titles to be removed asap and as new titles appear in ebookbase, that they not be automatically be converted to Kindle titles.  I will be managing the Kindle distribution myself through the DTP website.



Here are the codes for the five titles that are not authorized:



Extreme Makeover B001N7QNPK

Roswell or Bust  B001N7QNOG

Emperor Dad      B001N7QNOQ

Falling Bakward  B0024NP3GW

Lighter Than Air B001N7QNQ4



 Please notify me when this process is completed.



-- Henry Melton, Wire Rim Books

Sent -8/03/10


I have been publishing titles through the DTP web interface and also creating mobipocket versions distributed through ebookbase.  When I realized that this could lead to duplicated titles showing up on the Kindle store, I explicitly revoked Amazon as a downstream reseller of the mobi versions just to avoid this duplication.  That occurred on 4/19/09.  Unfortunately, that was not enough to stop additional duplications from appearing in the catalog.  


Because 

            
1. I do not want the ranking dilution of having two copies of each of my titles, 

            
2. and because your downstream conversions of my ebookbase titles likely have the DRM that offends many e-book purchasers while my DTP versions do not, 

            
3. and because splitting the revenue stream into two smaller branches will cause reduced income to me,

            
4. and because (in some cases) I am maintaining separate ISBN numbers for the ebookbase and kindle titles,


I would like the three duplicated titles to be removed asap and as new titles appear in ebookbase, that they not be automatically be converted to Kindle titles.  I will be managing the Kindle distribution myself through the DTP website.


Here are the codes for the three titles that are not authorized:


B003CV7SPY
Pixie Dust

B002PNW6JI
Golden Girl

B002HJV6GO
Time Quadrants


 Please notify me when this process is completed.


-- Henry Melton, Wire Rim Books













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