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Morning Roundup: OSX 10.10 Yosemite; Amazon monopsony and more
June 4, 2014 | 10:23 am

Apple took the wraps off of OS X at the WorldWide Developer's Conference today, dubbed "Yosemite." It'll feature a new interface with elements of iOS 7's "flat" design and color scheme, new interface, updates to iCloud and Mail, features to sync iOS and OS X devices, and more....

Bertelsmann CEO gives insights into European media moves
April 29, 2014 | 6:16 pm

Bertelsmann Penguin Random House welcome bannerThe Financial Times has aired an exclusive interview with Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann - Europe's biggest media group, and one of its largest family-owned privately held businesses. Oh, and part owner alongside Pearson of Penguin Random House. The Bertelsmann CEO admits that his charge may not only be disadvantaged compared to the likes of Google and Amazon, but also starting from a trailing position - which, however, has recently improved. "I honestly think that we have caught up massively in the past 15 to 18 months,” he says. This situation may be partly the result of the group's response to...

Penguin Random House CEO makes great Dohle about growth, discoverability
April 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

penguin random housePenguin  Random House CEO Markus Dohle has given an interview with Buchreport.express, which has been shared with the German press. In it, he gives a status report on the integration of Penguin and Random house, particularly in Europe, as well as the company's latest efforts in discoverability and other new horizons of publishing, which he describes as: "A lot of experiments, which also often fail ." Dohle says for one thing that recent signs of publishing M&A picking up should not be taken too seriously - yet. "Much will depend on whether the Penguin Random House fusion works. In the positive...

Jonathan Cape holds open submissions month: Do they know something we don’t?
April 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Venerable, highly reputable UK publishing imprint Jonathan Cape has announced that it will be throwing open the doors for the whole of June this year, inviting open submissions of fiction " from new writers of high calibre and imagination." This ought to be of interest to any aspirant or even established writers. But it also invites some interesting speculation - which could be on the mark, or a shot in the dark. You decide. Jonathan Cape originally opened in the 1920s, and boasted writers such as Ian Fleming and James Joyce in its prime. Part of Chatto and Windus from 1969,...

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...

David Gaughran comments on Random House Writers’ Academy
January 16, 2014 | 2:48 pm

David GaughranI contacted self-publishing savant David Gaughran for his opinion on the recent developments at Random House Writers' Academy, and its current "Creative Writing for Beginners" course, which aims to equip aspiring writers with the basic tools to begin realizing their vision - for £499 ($821). This was his response, and is published here with his agreement: I'm pretty dismayed by this development. It sounds pricey for an online course, but the real worry is the complete disregard Random House seems to have for conflict-of-interest issues. It's bad enough that Penguin Random House already owns the biggest vanity press in the world without starting...

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing
January 9, 2014 | 3:25 pm

Not content to have Author Solutions on board to take care of all its author-charging needs, Penguin Random House has apparently decided to go direct, with the launch, via the UK Writer's Academy, of the online " Creative Writing for Beginners" course. Offered at a price of £499 ($821), with an Early Bird Rate of £350 ($576), this course will run from March 14th, 2014 for 10 weeks of online interactive tuition which will, it is claimed, equip participants with "the essential skills and techniques you need to get started writing fiction." The Writer's Academy makes very positive play of the fact...

The death of André Schiffrin and Big Publishing
December 2, 2013 | 12:30 pm

The demise of a force in American literary publishing, André Schiffrin, in Paris at age 78, offers a moment to reflect on how Big Publishing works, and exactly how deep is its true reverence for the cultural and intellectual values that it wheels out periodically to defend copyright extension, DRM, the Apple price-fixing cartel, and its other self-interested curbs on free expression. For the former chief editor of Pantheon Books was the focus of a storm over editorial integrity versus commercial pressures when he was fired by the company's parent Random House in 1990, in a move which many authors...

Daniel Menaker reports from publishing purgatory
November 20, 2013 | 4:59 pm

publishingAuthors, if you ever feel that publishers are your last rocks and refuges in the Amazon Apocalypse; politicians, if you ever felt moved to listen to another copyright extension or DCMA lobbyist; booksellers, if you ever felt that the big guys had your back - read on below. Because Daniel Menaker bares all, in [easyazon-link asin="0547794231" locale="us"]My Mistake: A Memoir[/easyazon-link], ­published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It's not a pretty sight, I warn you. But having committed the mortal sin of working in not just one publishing company, but several, he at least has, Dante-like, come back from Hell to walk...

Dr. Seuss coming to e-books, a good step in the children’s book market
September 7, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Children will soon be able to enjoy some of the most beloved books digitally. Random House Children’s Books announced Dr. Seuss classics will be published as e-books starting Sept. 24, Publishers Weekly reported. The rollout will start with 15 e-books, such as "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat." By November, 41 of Dr. Seuss’s books will get the digital treatment. According to PW, the books will preserve the original layouts and illustrations. This is good news for the children’s e-book market. Anyone who been around children knows that these books are usually a staple on a child’s bookshelves. Just yesterday,...

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...