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The public outcry over J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, and the important lesson publishers can learn from it
September 27, 2012 | 7:22 pm

Boxes of J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, Casual Vacancy, being unpacked at a bookstoreJ.K. Rowling's first adult novel hit stores (and e-book readers) today, and almost immediately, the lukewarm reviews trickled in—not for the content of the book itself, but for the Kindle formatting: a glitch on the tech end (which this article attributes to an unspecified 'issue' on the end of Hachette, the publisher) made it impossible for Kindle readers to adjust the font size to their preference. You had to read it in either Really Big or Teeny Tiny, with no in between. Curiously mixed in with these complaints was an outcry over the e-book price: $17.99, based on a discount off the...

Hachette’s E-Book Prices for Libraries to Raise 220%
September 16, 2012 | 11:06 pm

It seems as if a new chapter in the Big Six's war with libraries has been written. Beginning on October 1, libraries interested in acquiring backlist e-books from Hachette will have to pay approximately 220% more than they would today. Infodocket's Gary Price seems to have been the reporter who broke the story late last week; he apparently obtained an explanatory email that was sent from OverDrive to a number of its library partners. (To read that email, see below.) As for the acquisition of any new Hachette e-books, libraries remain out of luck: If a Hachette title was published after April 2010, you won't see...

News Roundup – Links to Start Your Day
September 14, 2012 | 8:50 am

            >> Soon You'll be Able to Go to CVS and Print a Book (Paid Content) >> Hachette Increases Cost of Library Ebooks 220% (Good E-Reader) >> Author Invites World to Watch Her Write Novel Via Google Docs (The Digital Reader) >> Netflix Exec on Canada's Broadband Caps (GigaOM) >> Kindle Daily Deal: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (and) Savvy...

News Roundup: Stories You May Have Missed
September 3, 2012 | 1:48 pm

¶ Hachette Looks Ahead After 8% Drop in Sales {Good E-Reader} ¶ Ownership in the Digital Age, Part 1 {Dear Author} ¶ Print Version of Nintendo Gamer Folds {Nintendo World Report} ¶ Amazon, Online Retailers Start Collecting Pa. Sales Tax {NewsWorks} ¶ UK's Boxette Wants to Put E-Books on Bookshelves {DBW}  ...

E-Book consumers to receive refund of $0.25 – $1.32 per title in price-fixing settlement
September 1, 2012 | 10:32 pm

Over the past few days, a wealth of information has surfaced regarding the $69 million settlement three of the so-called 'Agency Five' publishers will be paying to 54 states and U.S. territories for the alleged price-fixing of e-books. Still, information regarding what we consider to be two of the case's more immediately fascinating aspects—the cash refunds due to consumers, and the supposed changes this settlement (and the DOJ case in general) will ultimately have on the e-book industry—are still proving a bit tough to come by. For instance, in regards to the refunds that some consumers will be receiving: How much money, exactly, will they receive? How and when will they...

Hachette returning e-book access to some libraries in pilot program
May 20, 2012 | 9:15 pm

American Libraries Magazine has an article by ALA President Molly Raphael, who last week led a 4-person delegation to meet with Hachette Book Group and four national organizations representing authors. Raphael calls the meeting “very promising” with regard to convincing Hachette to resume providing libraries access to its newer e-book titles. (Hachette stopped providing its e-books to libraries in 2009.) It quickly became obvious that Hachette Book Group executives and digital strategists have spent considerable time thinking about the library ebook market. Hachette sees libraries as strong partners because of our benefits as direct customers and...

E-book adoption still growing in UK
May 13, 2012 | 8:46 pm

FutureBook has a piece looking at the rate of e-book adoption in the UK, which is still a few years behind the US but growing year to year. The first half of the article is a confusing flood of statistics, but it seems to conclude that, as of the end of 2011, e-book sales accounted for about 10% of the total book business among trade publishers in the UK. By comparison, Hachette stated that in the USA e-books made up 28% of its adult trade sales in the first quarter of 2012. The article also looks at what the...

Judge stays price-fixing class-action suit against Hachette, HarperCollins
May 3, 2012 | 4:13 am

PaidContent reports that a judge has stayed an e-book price-fixing class-action case against publishers Hachette and HarperCollins on the grounds that the publishers are close to settling with state governments over the matter, and the states’ lawsuits trump the class action. Apart from Macmillan and Penguin, who are fighting the suit, Simon & Schuster wasn’t named because it has not signed a formal settlement memorandum yet. This is hardly a surprise, of course, but it’s understandable that the plaintiffs would find this a bit disappointing; damage awards would likely be higher in a jury trial than in a state...

Explanation of the Settlement between DOJ Hachette, Harper Collins and S&S and What Happens Next, by Jane Litte
April 12, 2012 | 10:10 am

Screen Shot 2012 03 11 at 8 41 11 AM The DOJ filed suit against five publishers (Penguin, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster) on April 11, 2012.  The DOJ then immediately filed a notice of settlement and a request for approval of the settlement.  A judge assigned to this case will then either approve the settlement and order the parties back to the negotiating table.  Any interested party has the right to write a statement to the court within 60 days to encourage or discourage acceptance of the proposed settlement. Two things are at issue here: 1) The restriction on retailers ability to discount books and 2) The Most Favored Nation clause...

Hachette SVP admits DRM only a speed bump—but Hachette unlikely to drop DRM anyway
April 2, 2012 | 9:15 am

Could Hachette take a hatchet to DRM? That’s the suggestion Laura Hazard Owen makes in a piece on PaidContent covering remarks by Hachette SVP Maja Thomas at the Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012 event. Thomas reiterated some of the same points that DRM opponents have made, pointing out that DRM is a speedbump rather than a preventative for piracy: There’s a misconception that somehow the digital format of books has made piracy increase, or become logarithmically more serious. But piracy was always very easy to do, because scanning a physical copy of a book [takes] a matter of minutes. A physical...

Hachette UK gets site to take down unauthorized e-book downloads
March 24, 2012 | 5:54 pm

Paul Sawers at TheNextWeb reports that Hachette UK has succeeded in getting user-generated-content website Mobiles24 to remove all Hachette-published e-book titles available for download. Hachettes sent the site a “letter before action” giving the site a deadline of February 29th to remove all unauthorized Hachette content from the site, and it has now done so. The Bookseller reports that the site will no longer offer any e-books at all, where it previously offered over 9,000. While “many” of those books were Hachette titles, it is not clear whether any were in the public domain or otherwise authorized for...

Rowling to publish adult novel; E-book fans still Potter-less
February 23, 2012 | 1:18 pm

More proof, if any was needed, that writers write for more reasons than just money. J.K. Rowling, who could live comfortably off of Harry Potter even if she never wrote another word in her life, has announced she will be publishing an adult novel later this year. There is no word yet as to what the book will be about or even what genre it will be in, but Rowling is publishing it through Hachette’s Little, Brown imprint in both the US and UK, and other Hachette companies worldwide. Notably, Little, Brown will have the e-book as well as...