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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...

Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO
July 2, 2013 | 7:53 pm

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and chief digital officer for HarperCollins. One reason for the change is that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp just spun its publishing arm, including HC, off into a separate company, and the previous CEO, Victoria Barnsley, felt it was a good time to leave. Pottermore’s CTO Julian Thomas will serve as...

Morning Links: Finally, a tablet simple enough for a woman to use!
March 11, 2013 | 9:03 am

The ePad Femme Will Authors get Compensated for Used eBook Sales? (Media Shift) News Corp Plans Publishing Spin-Off (AOL Money) Finally, a Tablet Simple Enough for a Woman to Use (Ars Technica) Army's First Interactive iPad App Lets You Finger-Swipe Through Afghanistan (Wired) Kindle Daily Deals: The Sheltering Sky (and 3 others)...

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp unveils its own Android tablet
March 6, 2013 | 5:19 pm

Amplify Tablet We learned today that the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation has unveiled a 10-inch Android tablet designed specifically for schoolchildren. Known as the Amplify Tablet (Amplify is also the name of the News Corp's education division), the $299 slate was presented earlier today at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. Amplify sales reps are said to be currently knocking on the proverbial doors of public schools nationwide. [caption id="attachment_80850" align="alignright" width="180"] Joel Klein[/caption] According to a press release: The Amplify Tablet and related services are being piloted this year in school districts across the country in collaboration with AT&T. Tablets purchased by June 30 will...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 4, 2012 | 8:28 am

Barnes & Noble: Taking the Nook to Foreign Markets (Good E-Reader) ex-Google Chief to Publish Book About Digital Future (Digital Book World) Why Rupert Murdoch's Bold Bet on The Daily was Doomed from the Start (GigaOM) Business Models are Changing, Trial and Error will Ensue (Mike Shatzkin) Kindle Daily Deal: Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day {and} Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 by Mary Pope Osborne * * *        ...

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate
October 31, 2012 | 11:00 am

So two of the largest publishers in the world are merging their book arms entirely to deal with "this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers," to quote Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino. Could there be any clearer proof that e-books are where the action is, and that the print-only model is truly over? What price print Luddism now? What does everyone else think?...

What does the News Corp split mean for HarperCollins?
July 3, 2012 | 9:15 am

Under pressure from News Corp’s upper management, Rupert Murdoch has lately agreed to divide News Corp up into two corporations—one that contains the corporation’s entertainment assets, and the other to contain its newspaper and publishing assets—including “Big Six”/”Agency Five” publisher HarperCollins. Murdoch will remain in charge of both new companies. Attempting to put the best spin on it he could, Murdoch said the split would “create the most ambitious, well-capitalized and highly motivated publishing company in the world, consisting of the largest collection of our news and publishing brands, as well as our groundbreaking digital education group”. ...

paidContent 2012: Q&A with Jon Miller of News Corp.
May 23, 2012 | 2:58 pm

Paidcontent logo1 Moderator, Staci D. Kramer, Editor and Senior Writer, paidContent/GigaOM Jon Miller, Chief Digital Officer, Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group, News Corp.: Investing quietly in early stage companies in China for about a year.  Took a 20% position in a public film company in China recently.  Seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in MySpace. New media companies, like MySpace, are not as stable as traditional companies and when you get a bit behind it is very hard to catch up because everyone else moving so fast. Yahoo needs big answers and not many of them at a given time....

Former News of the World readers stop reading Sunday papers altogether
November 25, 2011 | 12:15 pm

news-of-the-world-paper-mA report on PaidContent suggests that many readers of the News of the World Sunday paper, which shut down in July amidst the News Corp phone-hacking scandal, have not switched to reading any other Sunday newspapers. The National Readership Survey estimated that 7,217,000 people read the paper in the period from January through June of this year, Of that number, 4,342,000 did not read any other Sunday paper. Subsequently, total readership of national Sunday papers fell from 19,221,000 to 15,859,000—meaning that 3,362,000 people stopped reading Sunday papers altogether. The article doesn’t speculate on the causes, and at...

Agent Andrew Wylie tries to tie HarperCollins to News Corp scandal…badly
July 18, 2011 | 12:41 pm

Any time you turn on the news, odds are good you will see something about the News Corporation voicemail-hacking scandal which has again exploded onto headlines in the last few days. It stood to reason that sooner or later some corner of it would reach into the e-book world. Yet, strangely enough, it is not something related to Murdoch’s feud with Google or obsession with paywalls. In this case, it comes by way of agent Andrew Wylie, who made a big splash in the publishing world last year with his abortive backlist self-e-publishing operation (which by and large mysteriously...

The Daily reports $10 million loss, 800,000 downloads in its first quarter
May 5, 2011 | 10:17 pm

PaidContent reports that in its Q3 earnings call, News Corp. reported it lost $10 million on The Daily in its first quarter of operation. The paper has been downloaded 800,000 times since its launch. Of course, the monetary figures don’t really tell the whole story; a News Corp. spokesman told PaidContent that the “loss” had to do with startup costs, since the paper only recently started charging. News Corp. president Chase Carey declined to disclose how many free subscribers had made the jump to paid, saying that it was too early to disclose that kind of information. ...

The Daily extends trial period, plans Android expansion
February 24, 2011 | 2:16 am

EBookNewser and a number of other sites are reporting that The Daily has extended its two-week free trial period to at least February 28th. It has also been reported that The Daily will henceforth come with a two-week free period for any new subscriber who downloads it, even after the extended trial ends. On AllThingsD’s MediaMemo, Peter Kafka reports that The Daily will also be expanding to Android tablets in the second quarter of 2011. Not too surprising given that it needs to find as wide a paying audience as possible in order to meet its costs and turn...