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Hodder picks up Quercus for a song
March 26, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Hachette UK imprint Hodder & Stoughton has acquired Quercus Publishing, hitherto mooted as a potential acquisition target for Amazon Publishing. And the price was a fairly minimal £12.6 million ($20.8 million). The full text of the cash offer document, available online here, states that: "Quercus is an international publisher with offices in London and New York.  Quercus specialises in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children's publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints. On 17 January, 2014, Quercus released its interim trading statement for the financial year ended 31 December, 2013, in...

Hachette shuts up shop in New Zealand
July 27, 2013 | 1:04 pm

HachetteDespite its good fortunes in other markets, Hachette seems to be enjoying less prosperity in Kiwi country, and appears ready to leave the land of flightless birds to the Penguin, withdrawing from the New Zealand market. As of the time of writing, no official announcement has appeared on the Hachette Australia or Hachette New Zealand websites, but reports in The Bookseller, citing Richard Kitson, commercial director at Hachette UK, blame the growth of e-books and the influence of online retailers not liable for Kiwi sales tax for Hachette's difficulties there. Radio New Zealand confirmed that Hachette will maintain a NZ front office...

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?
July 26, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Power RankingsThe latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry's biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no money and corporate might behind them are doing at snarfing their lunch. "It's a great feat for a publisher to have even one book make a best-seller list," editorializes DBW's Jeremy Greenfield, suggesting that DBW itself is keen to promote the value of its Power Rankings, which work by listing the publishers who have made the...

Message to booksellers: The publisher is not your friend!
July 18, 2013 | 12:30 pm

This headline may not come as a revelation to many booksellers, but for those still taken in by the likes of David Carr, and by recent statements around Independent Booksellers Week in the UK implying that the Big Five are friends of the little high street booksellers, here is some new perspective on current developments that really show how publishers are jumping into the Amazon/e-book camp, and deserting the print book retailers they purport to defend. Quoted recently in Britain's The Bookseller, Tim Hely Hutchinson, CEO of Big Five player Hachette UK, stated in his annual letter to authors that combined...

Morning Roundup: Has self-publishing become a cult?
June 3, 2013 | 9:23 am

Morning RoundupSelf-Publishing Has Become a Cult (Salon) What’s funny is, the adherents would have you believe that once you self-publish, the scales will fall from your eyes and you’ll recognize self-publishing as the One True Path. Traditional publishing will reveal itself to be a lost circle of Dante Alighieri’s Hell, full of damaged souls who want to enrich themselves off your work while destroying every shred of your creativity. I call shenanigans. --- Digital Magazine Usage Growing Via Tablet Users (Good e-Reader) Digital Magazine usage is growing with people who have adopted tablets into their lifestyle. Recently a survey polled 1,293 people on how they have...

Hachette to Offer Full Catalog, Including New Releases, To Libraries
May 1, 2013 | 11:15 am

HachetteThis is kind of a good news/bad news story. The good news is that Hachette is going to be offering its full catalog to libraries, including new releases. No windowing! The other piece of good news is that the books won't expire, unlike library books from HarperCollins, Penguin and Macmillan. I really like the no-expiration part. I always fee a bit guilty when I check out a HarperCollins book, start it and realize I don't like it. There went one of the 26 lends... The bad news is the pricing, although it's not all bad news, considering that the books won't expire. The...

Retailers begin discounting Macmillan e-books
April 5, 2013 | 10:04 am

Retailers are finally discounting Macmillan-published e-books - nearly two months after it settled its Department of Justice’s price fixing case. Prices of e-books have been lowered on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to Publishers Lunch. This includes books such as Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Lincoln and Ender’s Game. That leaves Penguin as the lone publisher that settled with the DOJ as to not have books discounted. Amazon is still hanging on to “This price was set by the publisher” tag on the site for Penguin books. The Macmillan discounts have ranged from about $1 to $2 off the original price. Silver...

Morning Links: Book promotion strategies that actually worked
April 4, 2013 | 9:11 am

Morning Links Book Promotion Strategies That Actually Worked (GalleyCat) Amazon Refuses to Publish First Cornish-Language eBook (Tech Dirt) What Walled Gardens do to the Health of the Web (Boing Boing) HarperCollins and Hachette Disband Agency Model for UK (Good e-Reader) Kindle Daily Deals: The Flight of the Century by Thomas Kessner (and 3 others) ...

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture
March 16, 2013 | 4:45 pm

BookishWhile it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get recommendations—based on titles or groups of titles they know they already like—and then, importantly, purchase them. Like the Random House project BookScout, the idea, on one level, is to facilitate discovery across the industry, for the good of the industry. And while users can discover just about any book, the books they can purchase...

BREAKING: Macmillan Settles with DOJ on Price Fixing
February 8, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Apple is now the lone hold-out. As you may recall, three publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—immediately settled, leaving Penguin, MacMillan and Apple to fight it out in court. Penguin settled in December, probably to protect their pending merger with Random House. And now Macmillan joins its fellows. Macmillan CEO John Sargent cited financial reasons for the settlement, according to this story on Publishers Lunch: "Our company is not large enough to risk a worst case judgment. In this action the government accused five publishers and Apple of conspiring to raise prices. As each publisher settled, the remaining defendants became responsible not only...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 5, 2012 | 9:09 am

Why Magazine Apps Suck (Techcrunch) Kindle Free Time Unlimited Gives Access to Thousands of Kids' eBooks (Good E-Reader) Hachette Has Dropped Agency Pricing on eBooks (The Digital Reader) Six Essential Issues in Any eBook Contract Negotiation (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deal: Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden {and} Animal Fair by Ponder Goembel * * *    ...

Changes in e-book pricing settlement payouts: Here’s what you need to know
October 4, 2012 | 11:32 pm

If you're one of the many e-book customers who's expecting a payment or credit as a result of the 49 states' recent $69 million settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, you should be aware that "the states have slightly modified the way those payments will work," according to Paid Content reporter Laura Hazard Owen. In a post filed this morning, Owen detailed two of the latest modifications to the payments that were filed by the states' attorneys. (Click here to view the six-page document on Scribd.) As for the changes to the way credits will be disbursed, those modifications are fairly minimal; they probably...