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Can publishers win if they dare?
May 31, 2014 | 12:29 pm

primematrixDare - dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare - dare to keep all of your dreams alive It's time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan Bush, “Dare” That seems to be the chorus that publisher advocates are singing these days: as publishers fight against the evil market-devouring Amazon much as the Transformers fought the evil world-devouring Unicron, the publishers...

Hugh Howey explodes your view of publishing with author earnings report
February 12, 2014 | 9:25 am

Author and self-publishing savant Hugh Howey has just released via the AuthorEarnings website his new report on ... well ... author earnings, which moves data capture and overall insight into author sales figures and receipts in the digitally disrupted world of modern publishing up several leagues. As Howey describes it, "I received an email from an author with advanced coding skills who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize....

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2
December 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

AmazonThis article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too". As its title may suggest, it's not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that article. And as a busy journalist with little time and fewer ideas, it saves me the strain of finding a fresh topic. So here we go. [caption id="attachment_92721" align="alignright" width="300"] The Three Minute Hate begins now[/caption] First, kindly read that title closely. It says "Why Big Publishing hates Amazon." It...

August 27 court date set for next Apple anti-trust hearing
August 13, 2013 | 7:51 pm

Injunction junction, what’s your function? Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that the Department of Justice and Apple will be back in Judge Cote’s courtroom on August 27 to discuss what kind of injunction the judge will issue against Apple in the penalty phase of the e-book trial. Both parties will be exchanging letters on the issue, which should be submitted by August 23rd. What kind of injunction will it be? Judge Cote has suggested that she has fairly broad discretion in how far the injunction went, but she doesn’t want to stifle innovation or regulate...

Publishers, Barnes & Noble advised on how to save themselves…but will it work?
July 13, 2013 | 1:10 pm

Fullscreen capture 7132013 113518 AM.bmp "Vaporize him!" It’s really easy to give advice, especially when you’re not the one who has anything at stake. I know that as well as anybody. And in turbulent times, there seems to be plenty of advice flying around. That being said, on the heels...

Judge Cote finds Apple guilty of colluding with publishers
July 10, 2013 | 11:00 am

AppleWell, that was sudden. Just a couple of weeks into the expected couple of months a ruling might take, Judge Denise Cote has issued a 160-page ruling (PDF) finding Apple guilty of violating anti-trust laws in colluding with publishers to raise e-book prices. A sentencing hearing will be held later. I haven't had time to go through the ruling completely yet—I'm still at work, on break—but it looks like she's put a lot of thought into it. Needless to say, Apple will appeal, so this won't be over for some time. But in the meanwhile, here's some more lovely schadenfreude to...

Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us
July 1, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Penguin Random HouseThe Big Six today officially became the Big Five, with the formal announcement that UK publishing giant Pearson PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA have completed the JV merger of Penguin and Random House, to create ... wait for it ... Penguin Random House. The Pearson release declares that this: "will be the first truly global publishing company with operations in the US, Canada, UK, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile." According to the Bertelsmann release, "Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people worldwide across almost 250 imprints, and...

The Apple trial, agency pricing, and The Battle of $9.99
June 21, 2013 | 10:28 pm

large_battle5So, arguments wrapped up today in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against Apple. Juli Monroe has already done an excellent job of pulling out some slides from the Powerpoint shows and noting what the wavy lines on the charts mean. Over on Fortune, Philip Elmer-Dewitt covers the arguments in a more general sense, with a summary that is well worth reading. There’s really not much point in reiterating the arguments in great detail here; Elmer-Dewitt does a good enough job, and really nothing new came out today that hasn’t been said over the last couple of weeks. (Also,...

HarperCollins announces BookSmash app contest as Big Book tries to take back the tech
June 10, 2013 | 11:22 am

BookSmashIn the latest push by Big Publishing to win back ground lost to digital disruption, Big Six house HarperCollins has announced a competition, BookSmash, for developers "to create excellent, functioning software and proof of concept apps utilizing the HarperCollins OpenBook API." The competition comes with a first prize of $15,000. "It is an incredibly exciting time to be a reader, an author, and a publisher," declares the HarperCollins intro to the competition. "Opportunities to engage audiences are endless—new devices now support numerous ways of reading, publishing, and reaching readers." Perhaps HarperCollins has had a hard time capturing a share of that excitement...

Apple anti-trust case hinges on ‘Most Favored Nation’ clause
June 7, 2013 | 11:46 pm

In case you hadn’t noticed, the trial of Apple on serving as the ringleader for the agency pricing trust has just closed out its first week, with an expected two more to go. Fortune has a decent recap of the issues at stake, as well as some cogent analysis of why this case could very well go to the Supreme Court. It appears the case may not be quite as cut-and-dried as Judge Cote’s pre-trial remarks suggested. Another Fortune piece suggests she may be beginning to see some things Apple’s way. It appears the ruling is going to...

BEA Panel Suggests Publishers Still Clueless about Library E-Books and Piracy
June 4, 2013 | 11:52 pm

Unlike some of our writers, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to attend BookExpo America, so I end up having to learn about it second-hand. But I happened across a blog post that led me to another that led me to some interesting articles, which in turn led me to wonder, are the Big Six (soon to be Big Five?) publishers completely out of touch with the consumer side of their industry? Taking it in chronological order (the reverse of how I found it), it started with a Q&A by Macmillan CEO John Sargent, and a panel on library e-books...

A Conundrum for an Aspiring Self-Publisher
June 4, 2013 | 5:58 pm

self-publisher I had a fascinating conversation today with an aspiring self-publisher. I accompanied my kindergarten classes on a field trip to a conservation area, and during the lunch break I was chatting with our tour guide, who happens to be an aspiring author. He took the guide job because he loves working with kids, and the flexible hours gave him time to work on his creative projects. Turns out he's writing a book. He told me enough about what he's done already to demonstrate that he's actually done his research, which was refreshing. He knows the marketplace, knows what niche his book...

Do publishers need to give authors more info to keep them happy?
March 11, 2013 | 12:43 pm

More than a few self-published authors, of course, have found serious success through various channels over the years—selling a vast amount of books on their own, for instance, or having their previously self-published book picked up by a big publishing concern. And yet, contrary to popular belief, not every self-published author actually wants to be picked up by a mainstream publishing house. Some are more than happy working independently, and pocketing as much money from their DIY publishing project as possible. This topic was brought up last Sunday, March 10, during the Self-Publishing in the Age of E panel at the SXSW in Austin, Texas. The...

Amazon accidentally disables Big Six publisher Kindle e-book buy buttons overnight
November 9, 2012 | 7:55 pm

Not everything always goes smoothly over at Amazon. PaidContent reports that, for a few hours Thursday night, it seems Amazon inadvertently disabled the Kindle e-book buy buttons on Big Six publishers (and who knows what other publishers?) for a few hours. The company reported it was a “technical issue”. It also affected users’ ability to buy Kindle e-books or download titles they’d already bought. The funny thing to me is that this little glitch wouldn’t even be a news item if it weren’t for Amazon’s habit of turning off buy buttons to punish publishers who won’t give it the...

Inkling Books’ Michael W. Perry responds …
September 14, 2012 | 2:56 pm

Michael W. Perry's political rant about the cause and ramifications of the DoJ price-fixing case definitely touched a nerve this week with a good number of readers. Some of you found Perry's thought-process and logic to be a bit twisted, while others didn't think the essay had any place being published on TeleRead at all, given its rather over-the-top political overtone. Perry has since responded with a 2,200-word comment, and it's nothing if not a doozy. Click here to give it a read....

How To Understand the DoJ’s E-Book Pricing Settlement
September 11, 2012 | 12:43 am

It's been my experience that avid readers tend to be the sorts of people who take great pride in their intelligence. And intelligent people, for reasons that are obvious enough, aren't always forthcoming when they encounter complicated subjects they don't entirely understand. I mention this because I suspect that a decent portion of the e-reading community is having a hard time wrapping its collective head around the now-approved e-book pricing settlement situation. And that's a shame, because this particular case offers anyone who's interested a fantastic opportunity to observe the process of free-market capitalism in all its exquisite absurdity. I'll be the first to admit that all the...

San Francisco Public Library Stands Up to the Big Six Bullies
September 9, 2012 | 4:21 pm

I can't even begin to explain how incredibly proud I felt of my native San Francisco after stumbling across a San Francisco Chronicle article from mid-August titled "Libraries to try buying e-books directly." If you're not familiar with the struggles public libraries throughout the U.S. are dealing with in regards to e-books, this is a story you should probably read. And if you are familiar with the situation but just don't find yourself caring all that much, well ... this is a story you should absolutely read; it might get you pumped up enough to change your attitude. Here's the takeaway: "Popular demand isn't determining...

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