A UK publisher of nature guides, etc. is talking about paper shortages over there in Europe. I tried getting alternate sources for this, but was unable to find anything. I wouldn't be surprised if it was true, but without additional sources, I can't trust the info. Wait, I just found an article... which sounds more like a marketing ploy than actual news of a paper shortage. A 'buy books now in case there's a paper shortage' sort of thing.
In other writerly news, I saw a thread talking about the price of paperbacks in a mostly UK crime fiction FB group I belong to. The general consensus was that people weren't willing to pay 15 pounds for a paperback. Couldn't even conceive of why anyone would price their paperback at more than 15 pounds. I didn't chime in. I have at least one above that price point. I had to or I wouldn't have made any money on that book. As it is, I make about $1-2 per paperback, which is about 10% of any given book's price. Considering I make 70% on an ebook, I don't think getting 10% on a paperback is too much to ask.
Oh, hey... Did anyone else get a super fun letter from Amazon earlier in the month about illegitimate ebook page reads? I archived it because I didn't think it pertained to me. Ummm... When I went to look at my previous month's sales to resolve the per page price for my spreadsheet, I noted that I'm not getting paid for ANY page reads in September. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Since I did, in fact, have page reads in September, I un-archived the letter and contacted Amazon. They're looking into it. My page reads only amounted to 842 pages, which works out to less than $4, but it's the principle of the thing. Someone out there in America read books 2-4 in the genie series. 1 person does not a scammer make. And imagine if they cut $4 from every author in the KU. Gah. So, if you got the letter, check your sales for September before that option goes away on 11/1. Otherwise, you'll probably be screwed.
If you're not keeping track of this stuff, you probably should be. I know it's a pain in the ass, but better a pain in the ass than in the pocketbook. And these days, every $4 counts. That's like 2 loaves of bread and a half gallon of milk here. Or a tub of Edy's ice cream (minus the tax) at Dollar General. Two tubs of Great Value ice cream at Wallyworld. (Heh, maybe I should measure everything in ice cream.) Or, here in SW MO, a gallon and a quarter of gasoline.
Anyway, that's the news I've got for you this morning. Got any news for me?