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James Patterson gives money to independent bookstores
February 20, 2014 | 4:19 pm

James Patterson has started giving money to independent bookstores throughout the country. He started a program to give $1 million of his money to bookstores to use in improvements, new programs or even bonuses for employees, according to The New York Times. The grants will be given out this week starting with 55 shops, according to Publishers Lunch, worth about $267,000 in the first go-around. Patterson told the New York Times: “I just want to get people more aware and involved in what’s going on here, which is that, with the advent of e-books, we either have a great opportunity or a great problem,”...

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...

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...

Free e-book from Publishers Lunch previews upcoming releases from Michael Pollan and others
February 6, 2013 | 4:39 pm

Buzz Books 2013 from Publisher's Lunch, Exclusive excerpts from over 25 top new titles The ever-popular Publishers Lunch website has just released an entirely free e-book, Buzz Books 2013 Spring/Summer. It's filled with 488 pages of pre-publication excerpts from 28 different titles that are due to be released during the upcoming spring/summer seasons. (A small number of the book's sneak previews have very recently been published.) The e-book offers an even mix of fiction, nonfiction and YA literature, and the authors whose work is featured within include some pretty big names: Michael Pollan, Chip and Dan Heath, Meg Wolitzer, Kate Atkinson, Joe Hill and Sarah Dessen, to name a handful. The book's introduction, written by Publishers Lunch founder...

Nobel Prize winner’s books not available as ebooks
October 8, 2010 | 11:59 am

download.jpegFrom PublishersLunch daily email: With digital discussion and diminished expectations for future print sales ever more present at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, the crystallizing moment came down to this: the Nobel prize was given to a well-known, widely-translated author with a big backlist--but none of those many English editions are available as ebooks. I don't think that's a statement you'll hear again in the future, and it encapsulates many of the dichotomies and conflicts of the current transitional moment. (Since the Carmen Balcells Agency has been reluctant to grant those rights, no English ebook editions are currently expected.) It will...