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Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide
June 27, 2014 | 12:27 pm

simon.jpgThe American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster's decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries are the quintessential institution in connecting authors and readers. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books—with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors...

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction
June 6, 2014 | 6:17 pm

afterFan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan fiction based on Twilight. Now, One Direction fan fiction has gotten attention. Simon & Schuster has signed a deal with Anna Todd for her After series, it was reported last week by Publishers Weekly. The books will start to appear in bookstores in November. Todd began writing...

Department of Justice files brief in Apple antitrust appeal, argues for upholding Judge Cote’s verdict
May 29, 2014 | 4:37 am

Publishers Weekly’s Andrew Albanese has a rundown of the latest developments in the Apple anti-trust affair. The Department of Justice has filed its brief in favor of the appeals court upholding Judge Cote’s guilty verdict. (GigaOm has some additional commentary and a Scribd link to the filing itself.) The filing says about what you would expect it to say: the DoJ summarized Cote’s findings and rebutted all of Apple’s attorneys’ arguments. In their brief, the DoJ basically recapped their case, and argued that the prosecution did not need to meet a higher legal standard, as Apple...

Simon & Schuster to distribute books to Scribd and Oyster
May 21, 2014 | 10:25 am

simon & schusterOne of the biggest complaints of subscription eBooks services is the lack of content. For many that means lack of content from the big publishers. Both Scribd and Oyster have done a good job of pulling in indie published books with their partnerships with Smashwords and others, but until now Harper Collins was the only big publisher to sign on. That just changed. Simon & Schuster will now be distributing backlist titles to both Scribd and Oyster. It's only "more than 10,000 titles" so far, which is only a small percentage of the 400,000 or 500,000 titles the services claim, but...

Amazon vs. Hachette: Theories and opinions
May 14, 2014 | 5:30 pm

So, Amazon vs. Hachette. There’s a thing. One multibillion dollar company versus another in a contract negotiation, Amazon delaying availability of Hachette books, authors getting caught in the middle, and we’re supposed to root for the publisher because Amazon is, of course, evil. Right. Publishers Weekly has a pretty informative and more or less neutral article looking at the matter and putting it in perspective of the publishers’ antitrust settlement and subsequent renegotiation windows. Hachette will be the first of the publishers to get to renegotiate its contract with Apple, in October 2015, and undoubtedly Amazon wants to...

Ernest Hemingway’s work really going digital for the first time?
April 28, 2014 | 12:33 pm

A just ever so slightly surprising headline has appeared in The Bookseller, bible of the UK book trade. "Hemingway's work goes digital for the first time," it claims. And for one anxiety-inducing moment, I rushed to Amazon to check if it was true. After all, my old Microsoft Reader copy of A Moveable Feast is so outdated that I can't even read it any more now that the DRM is messed. Could I have been unwittingly supporting piracy all this while? No, as it happens, even the UK Kindle Store is stuffed with Kindle works by Ernest Hemingway. The confusion seems...

Publishing CEOs focus on challenges at the Digital Book World Conference
January 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

digital book world conferenceNEW YORK – While traditional publishers look for ways to compete in the digital marketplace, one of the biggest problems they face still has to do with physical stores. Traditional publishers are losing out on shelf space with the loss of Borders or smaller outlets getting rid of books, making it difficult for consumers to discover new titles. A panel of CEOs in the digital space discussed challenges at the 2014 Digital Book World Conference + Expo with Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy looking at this unique problem for traditional publishers. “The loss of shelf space and that whole discovery mechanism —...

Publishers and that awkward moment when non-fiction becomes fiction
November 21, 2013 | 10:45 am

Simon & SchusterSo remind me again: What are publishers for? Some kind of filter and quality bar to wade through the slush pile and weed out the dross, right? And if that means picking the best written books in fiction; surely it also means picking the most accurate and trustworthy works of non-fiction, no? I mean, that's what justifies their big offices, cuts of royalties, favorable treatment by governments and international organizations, yes? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="384"] Mr. Schuster to Mr. Simon: "Oops, did we really just publish that?"[/caption] Well, apparently not, as Media Matters reminds us. Picking up on the embarrassing - for...

Derek Jeter’s New “At Bat” Project: Book Publishing
November 18, 2013 | 2:58 pm

derek jeterLast week, my two favorite things came together – baseball and books. Even more specifically, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced he was partnering with Simon & Schuster to create a literary imprint Jeter Publishing. Those that know me know I have a large baseball card collection with most of it dedicated to Jeter, who will be 40 next June. There are about 2,000 unique cards of his in my collection. So I was intrigued when I saw the New York Times story about Jeter’s preparation for retirement from baseball, which will be sooner than I would like. “I understand how important...

Morning Roundup: Amazon overhauls Kindle lineup, Brooklyn Book Festival; more
September 25, 2013 | 11:17 am

 Five Ways for Authors to Handle Bad Reviews (Techdirt) All authors’ hearts break a little when negative reviews show up on their books’ sales pages. But a book with lots of reviews has real legitimacy and gives browsing shoppers a range of perspectives, making them more likely to buy it. *** Amazon Overhauls its Kindle Lineup, Introduces New, Faster Tablets (GigaOM) Amazon introduced a brand new range of [easyazon-link asin="B0083Q04IQ" locale="us"]Kindle Fire[/easyazon-link] tablet devices late on Tuesday that are powered by faster 2.2 GHz processors and are much lighter compared to previous versions. *** Lessons Learned at the Brooklyn Book Festival Writing Panel (GalleyCat) Below, we’ve rounded up...

E-Books pit libraries against publishers, free against sales
August 7, 2013 | 8:28 pm

A few pieces on the sometimes adversarial relationship between libraries and publishers when it comes to e-books have come to my attention. First, there’s this piece covering Cory Doctorow’s appearance at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, complete with a four-minute YouTube video. Doctorow notes that the most powerful interests in the book industry today do not have writers’ best interests at heart. Amazon wants to sell more books, but only because that makes them money. “Not because they’re evil, but because they’re a for-profit corporation and that’s their thing.” Publishers, on the other hand, want to sell...

Brooklyn Public Library strikes deal with Simon & Schuster
April 24, 2013 | 10:28 am

The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is how we all imagine a library should look—large ornate doors and columns with gold designs on each side. You feel as though you are walking into someplace special—as libraries should feel. But the Brooklyn Public Library, the fifth largest system in the country, isn’t immune to financial issues. The BPL is an independent system with 58 neighborhood libraries, and not affiliated with the New York City or Queens Borough Public Libraries. The BPL is looking at creative ways to raise money and has struck a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to do so,...