- from an MBA with actual corporate experience in the real world. Shocking to introduce a practical business perspective into this discussion, I know.
So, this happened.
And this happened.
Which led to this.
And that bothered Hugh Howey’s pretty little head, which led to this.
Which led to Joe Konrath shaking his fisk: “Get off my holy crusade, you damn dirty
apes hybrid authors!” (I usually enjoy what Konrath has to say. But I find him more amusing – he gives great internet theater – than substantive).
Apart from the sheer popcorn enjoyment factor of watching authors snipe at each other like grade schoolers arguing over a deflated football that belongs to the high school quarterback down the street, why does any of this matter? What is really going on? And has Hugh Howey, once again, grabbed the stupid end of the pointy stick?
(The last question is rhetorical.)
In Part 1, I’ll look at the development of the Kindle and the ebook market. Because, yes, when it comes to Amazon and publishers, it is a sad necessity to trot out George Santayana for yet another gallop around the track: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”