Apple E-Book Price-Fixing Trial Date Set

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT

The federal judge in the e-book price-fixing case against Apple and book publishers who haven’t settled out of court has set a trial date of June 3, 2013, Bloomberg reports. Of the five publishers … Read More »

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Will Hollywood Become The Next Publisher’s Row?

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 4:27pm PDT

The idea is starting to catch on, and is sure to be front and center next week in New York at BookExpo America, the largest book industry event in North America. The thinking is that it’s relatively easy for … Read More »

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Justice Department Sues Apple And Publishers For E-Book Price Fixing

By | Wednesday April 11, 2012 @ 7:32am PDT

Justice Department Sue AppleThe suit was filed at the federal district court in New York and alleges that Apple conspired with Hachette, News Corp’s HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and CBS’ Simon & Schuster to limit competition — thereby keeping e-book … Read More »

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‘Harry Potter’ Books Finally Available In E-Book And Audio Formats

By | Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT

Just ahead of the planned early April launch of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s full Pottermore site for all things Hogwarts, e-book and audio book versions of all seven Harry Potter books were made available today on the site. … Read More »

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Will Feds Challenge Apple And Publishers’ E-Book Pricing Arrangement?

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 12:11pm PST

Apple AntitrustIt could be a fascinating anti-trust case according the details reported by The Wall Street Journal. The paper says that the Justice Department is gearing up to sue Apple and five top publishers — Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins — for conspiring to fix e-book prices around 2010 when the tech company introduced its iPad. The group allegedly wanted to end Amazon’s practice of selling e-books for a deeply discounted $9.99, part of the company’s strategy to promote sales of its Kindle e-readers. Hoping to loosen Amazon’s grip on the market, and help its new iPad, Apple encouraged publishers to stop selling books wholesale — which enabled retailers to set the selling price– and to adopt a so-called “agency model.” That empowers publishers to set the sales price, and pay retailers a fee of about 30%. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he told publishers “the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want any way.” He added that Read More »

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Random House, Politico Form E-Book Publishing Ticket For 2012 Elections

By | Monday June 27, 2011 @ 6:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

(June 27, 2011)— The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House Inc., the largest English-language trade book publisher, announced today a new joint venture with POLITICO, the leading source for political news, to publish a series of four instant digital books on the 2012 Presidential Election. The books, which will be available exclusively in electronic form, to be published starting this fall, will give readers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the election in real time, providing detail, color, in-depth analysis beyond the hourly headlines and commentary, and ultimately a look at the final results, and how and why it all happened.

The as-yet-untitled series will be reported and written by Mike Allen, POLITICO’s chief White House Correspondent and author of the renowned daily tip-sheet, Playbook, and Evan Thomas, award-winning writer and author. Each book will include exclusive reporting from the campaign trail and will chronicle the campaign as it unfolds.

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Borders Chapter 11 Filing Another Blow To Brick And Mortar Set

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 7:00am PST
Mike Fleming

In what seemed an inevitable move once it fell behind on vendor payments, the brick and mortar bookseller Borders officially filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy today as management attempts to figure out a way to keep afloat the Borders and Waldenbook … Read More »

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BREAKING: Random House, Andrew Wylie Reach E-Book Truce

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The stand-off between Random House and lit agent Andrew Wylie is over, and it looks like the agent has blinked. Here is the statement just issued by Wylie and Markus Dohle, Random House chairman/CEO. You’ll recall that RH disclosed it would view Wylie as a competitor and … Read More »

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Indie Booksellers Debate E-Book Drama

Mike Fleming

The Wylie Agency’s e-book exclusivity dispute with the publishing industry continues to dominate. (Random House vs Agents On E-Books) Everyone’s got a different opinion about Andrew Wylie’s … Read More »

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Is E-Book Sales Milestone Worth Cheering?

Mike Fleming

318208709_e9bcd442a6Amazon.com is crowing that for the first time, its e-book sales volume has surpassed hardcovers. Am I the only one who sees this as an apocalyptic sign for the great pleasure of book reading? Amazon’s basing  its assertion on sales figures … Read More »

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