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HarperCollins imprint tries to go all Tweety and communal – with someone else’s hashtag?
June 2, 2014 | 11:23 am

Hard on the heels of Penguin Random House front organization myindependentbookshop.co.uk and its attempt to convince readers that it's a brave little independent champion of the little people, comes another bid by a Big Five publisher to dress down and get all folksy and homely and neighborly. This time, as reported in The Bookseller, it's HarperCollins imprint Borough Press, which according to the report, is seeking to run a campaign in June encouraging readers to share on Twitter or Instagram a picture of a book they like - working from a list drawn up by Borough - under the hashtag...

HarperCollins seeks injunction, damages against Open Road over Julie of the Wolves e-book
May 25, 2014 | 8:51 am

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has the latest news in the Julie of the Wolves case. The affair began when Open Road agreed to publish an electronic edition of Jean C. George’s book Julie of the Wolves. George, who has since passed away, and Open Road felt that the terms of George’s contract with HarperCollins could not cover electronic editions, given that it had been signed decades before they were invented. She was also dissatisfied with the low royalty rate HarperCollins offered, whereas Open Road offered her 50%. HarperCollins filed suit, and the case was decided by summary judgment...

Weekend Roundup: HarperCollins/Harlequin, Dead Novels, and more
May 4, 2014 | 6:54 pm

Kindle Daily Deal: Spider Woman's Daughter (and others) -- HarperCollins Acquisition of Harlequin and What it Means for Readers (Dear Author) I saw a number of people speculate that the sale of Harlequin had to do with Harlequin being in trouble financially and while Harlequin has seen decreasing profits in the recent years, it was still a healthy and profitable division of Torstar. -- The Novel is Dead (and This Time it's for Real) (The Guardian) Literary fiction used to be central to the culture. No more: in the digital age, not only is...

News Corp purchases Harlequin, joining HarperCollins
May 2, 2014 | 12:34 pm

harlequinHarlequin is headed to HarperCollins. News Corp, which owns HarperCollins, made the announcement on Friday. It has acquired one of the leading publishers in women’s fiction. Harlequin publishes the works of more than 1,300 authors and releases more than 110 titles monthly. About 40 percent of Harlequin’s revenues come from books published in languages other than English. Currently, 99 percent of HarperCollins books are published in English, according to a release. There is an interesting statistic above regarding how Harlequin books are sold. About 40 percent of its revenues come from books that are not published in English, yet the overwhelming majority of...

Humble Bundle about to launch third e-book bundle
March 18, 2014 | 12:10 pm

The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be. It’s going to be Humble’s first e-books and audiobooks bundle. It’s not entirely clear from the PW article which books will have audiobooks and which will just be e-books, but it’s going to include some great titles: the audiobook of Homeland by Cory Doctorow, financed by Doctorow...

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit
March 7, 2014 | 10:24 am

After fan fiction and online writers' circles, now it's the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights to the upcoming Welcome to Night Vale novelization have been picked up by Orbit UK in what the publisher itself describes as "a heated auction last month" from "Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US," following the announcement in December 2013 that Harper Perennial...

Hugh Howey’s prescription for fixing the Big Five: Become more like the indies
January 13, 2014 | 1:53 pm

hughhoweyHugh Howey, author of the Kindle Direct-published Wool SF series that was optioned by Ridley Scott, has a very interesting pair of blog posts on how he would “fix” the publishing industry, or at least one particular company in the publishing industry. As a thought experiment, he lays down what he would do in his first and second months if he were picked as HarperCollins’s new Chief Executive Officer. (He chose the publisher at random; it could as easily have been any of the others of the Big Five.) And while he does tend to overlook that these changes would...

Most popular sponsored content in 2013 about books
December 24, 2013 | 3:57 pm

Native advertising was one of the buzzwords in 2013. As digital outlets such as news sites looked for ways to make money, many turned to sponsored content. A native advertising distribution firm, Sharethrough, ranked the most popular sponsored stories in 2013, according to Adweek. Most of the data was based on shares through social media platforms. The top sponsored content was actually about books. HarperCollins sponsored a post on BuzzFeed “17 Problems Only a Book Lover Will Understand.” It had more than 700,000 social actions. The story on BuzzFeed generated nearly 1.5 million pageviews. But how does this translate into leads? The post was amazingly...

Barbarians at the Bookstore Gate: Big bucks and big books (or boobs?)
December 12, 2013 | 6:28 pm

Next time, o lowly author, you're feeling underrewarded and underappreciated, just think how lucky you are to scrape acquaintance and kiss rings with the glamorous beautiful and bucks-bundling people of the swanky publishing industry. Instead of slumming it with the little nobodies, you too can touch, however briefly, the hems of the garments of HELLO! Magazine glitterati. Doesn't that make you feel better as you toil at your screen? And just to remind you, Publishers Lunch has run a laudatory headline declaring: "Judith Regan Returns to Publishing, Backed By Phaidon." Publishers Weekly also put up a notice stating: "Phaidon Taps Judith...

HarperCollins is planning something big – like a dinosaur, maybe?
December 2, 2013 | 4:02 pm

harpercollinsA long and fairly uncritical interview article in Mashable takes us on a tour of the epublishing aspirations of HarperCollins under the stewardship of its new chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi, and its plans to corner the "Next Big Thing" in digital publishing - whatever it is. Mashable's Seth Fiegerman, it seems, is much taken by HarperCollins's readiness to jump into bed with startups like Scribd and Oyster on the first date, to get in the game. He quotes Restivo-Alessi approvingly to the effect that it matters to move early with startups to direct their thinking and guide their development. HarperCollins, it seems,...

HarperCollins’s comments on C.S. Lewis, Narnia portals
October 31, 2013 | 4:04 pm

harpercollinsFollowing my earlier report on the launch of  HarperCollins's two portals specific to C.S. Lewis and the Narnia franchise, offering direct book and ebook sales to the public in conjunction with Accenture technology, a HarperCollins spokesperson contacted me with further comment and clarification. Here are the replies provided to my questions: TeleRead: What is HarperCollins's intention in this project? What plans do you have to expand it in future? HarperCollins: This is something we did in partnership with the estate. It was something they asked for and is a service we can provide to authors. TeleRead: How can selling direct to customers through...

Scribd offers e-book subscription service
October 1, 2013 | 2:22 pm

The competition for e-book subscription-based services is getting tougher. Scribd announced it is offering its own service for e-books on Tuesday. The service will cost $8.99 a month for an unlimited amount of books and will have many HarperCollins among its publishers its library. Scribd is a six-year-old company that provided a place where can share documents. It already had the technology for use of e-books, and now it took it one step further. “We want to be one of the most publisher-friendly companies out there,” Scribd cofounder and CEO Trip Adler told GigaOM. “It’s core to our strategy to build this for...