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Penguin gets cover nostalgia half right with le Carré reissue
July 30, 2013 | 12:10 pm

As I've argued elsewhere, Penguin and other major publishing houses could be tackling the challenges of the e-book and self-publishing revolutions by asserting their own distinct creative track record—not least in classic cover designs. Never one to miss a trick, Penguin is clearly doing just that, and now, for the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Cold War classic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" by John le Carré, is reissuing the book in a hardback facsimile of its original 1963 Victor Gollancz first edition. Now there's something that you can't fit on a Kindle. Except ... Penguin...

Penguin Cries Uncle for the EU
July 27, 2013 | 1:10 pm

PenguinFresh from covering itself with ignominy through Author Solutions, Penguin has promised it will play nice in Europe over pricing, with an offer to the European Union to end the price-fixing practices highlighted by the recent Apple anti-trust case in the US, which the European Commission deemed acceptable last week. "After our decision of December 2012, the commitments are now legally binding on Apple AAPL +0.57% and all five publishers including Penguin, restoring a competitive environment in the market for e-books," announced Joaquín Almunia, the European Commission vice president in charge of competition policy. All the other publishers under investigation, Hachette Livre...

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...

David Gaughran goes gangbusters on Author Solutions
July 17, 2013 | 8:00 am

Author SolutionsAs previously outlined in TeleRead, self-publishing apostle David Gaughran has been assiduously ferreting out the wrongdoings of Author Solutions and kindred assisted publishing enterprises, both through his own researches and by linking others. He's also hinted for some time at an upcoming major expose on their latest and worst wrongdoings. "I'll be posting the long-promised Author Solutions piece shortly," he Tweeted earlier. " If you thought it wasn't possible for them to sink to a new low..." Well, now he has. And just in time for Author Solutions, post the Penguin Random House merger, to brand itself as "their self publishing wing." Gaughran (pictured at...

Morning Roundup: Copyright trolls, summer publishing, and more
July 12, 2013 | 8:48 am

Morning Roundup eBookstores Now Dropping Prices on Some Random Penguin Books (The Digital Reader) It’s been nearly 7 months since Penguin settled with the US Dept of Justice, but it wasn’t until today that the prices finally started dropping. * * * No Dog Days of Summer for Publishing This July (Digital Book World) Typically July is one of the slowest months in book publishing. Summer is the time for vacations and the store traffic is traditionally slowest in July.  Kids are out of school and not reading as much. But this July has been full of major news and events and each will have a...

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...

Penguin wants Author Solutions lawsuit dismissed
June 25, 2013 | 11:55 am

Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing imprint, has been a bit controversial for a while. Last year an anonymous poster claiming to be an AS employee had some pretty damning things to say about the company’s business practices. Last July, Penguin bought the self-publishing firm, shocking some industry onlookers: What does Author Solutions bring to the table? Well, for starters, around $100m in annual revenue. Roughly two-thirds of that money comes from the sale of services to writers, and only one-third from the royalties generated by the sale of their books. Pause for a moment...

Penguin Launches New Program: First To Read. It’s Got Issues
June 20, 2013 | 2:45 pm

Like so many attempts by the publishing industry to engage readers, this one doesn't quite get it. According to the press release, First to Read is:  ...a new online book discovery initiative that closely mimics what NetGalley does for book reviewers and publishing professionals but for consumers. The program is aimed at sparking word-of-mouth discussion around a book months before it is available in bookstores. Naturally, I dropped by to create a profile. Because you can sign in with Facebook, and I was feeling lazy, I did so. Apologies to my Facebook friends who just got spammed with several First to Read...

Morning Roundup: iTunes users, Penguin’s Early Releases, Tess Gerritsen’s war against Alzheimers, more
June 20, 2013 | 9:04 am

Morning Roundup5 Ways Tablets Will Change K-12 Education (Digital Book World) Tablet shipments to schools grew 103% in the last year according to research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The report states  ”that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.” This growth in tablets will affect learning and classroom management—but how? Here are five ways tablets will begin to change K-12 education. --- Tess Gerritsen Raising $25,000 in War Against Alzheimers (GalleyCat) Novelist Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s, trying to raise $25,000 for The Scripps Research Institute. The disease took her father’s life, so Gerritsen has a powerful stake in the future...

Post-PRISM “Nineteen Eighty-Four” sales spike points up Orwell’s split position
June 15, 2013 | 4:53 pm

PRISM One off-the-wall consequence of the sudden disclosures regarding the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM digital surveillance program earlier this week was the much-reported spike in sales of George Orwell’s "Nineteen Eighty-Four"—with Penguin Plume’s recent Centennial Edition up almost 7,000 percent on the Amazon Movers & Shakers list for Books, according to some sources. This level of interest proved to be more than just a flash in the pan. By Friday, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was still in 18th place on the Amazon Movers & Shakers list for Books—although the Kindle edition was absent from the Top 100 Movers & Shakers or Best Sellers rankings on...

Weekend Roundup: Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday
June 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupEverything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday (Business Insider) Apple is holding its biggest event of the year, WWDC, on June 10. It's a developers conference, but Apple usually uses the first day to announce new products and other goodies in a big keynote presentation. So what's on tap? Here's everything we expect Apple to announce. --- Penguin Book Truck: Mobile Bookstore to Hit the Road This Summer (HuffPo) As a book lover, I saw a lot of things I adored last week at Book Expo America. But even though I got to meet Grumpy Cat, the coolest thing at BEA this...

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