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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...