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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,...

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...

Arthur Frommer reacquires his guidebook brand from Google
April 4, 2013 | 2:57 pm

FrommerAccording to an Associated Press report that was filed less than three hours ago today, the travel publishing pioneer Arthur Frommer "said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks." Back on the 22nd of March, we reported on the news that Google had decided to cease publishing all print editions of the Frommer's travel guidebooks, which it had acquired just seven months earlier from Wiley, the previous owner of the brand. Now, it appears as if Arthur Frommer himself—a true trailblazer in the travel guidebook industry—has somehow...

Morning Links: Barnes & Nobles is playing hardball
March 25, 2013 | 9:11 am

Morning Links Barnes & Noble/Simon & Schuster Dispute Said to Hurt Sales (NY Times) Citizen Journalism at Work: Unemployed British Man Becomes Syrian Weapons Expert (Paid Content) FAA Evaluating Use of eBooks on Airplanes (Good e-Reader) Thanks, Google Keep! Evernote Sees Uptick in Downloads, Usage (GigaOM) Kindle Daily Deals: The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (and 3 others) ...

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture
March 16, 2013 | 4:45 pm

BookishWhile it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get recommendations—based on titles or groups of titles they know they already like—and then, importantly, purchase them. Like the Random House project BookScout, the idea, on one level, is to facilitate discovery across the industry, for the good of the industry. And while users can discover just about any book, the books they can purchase...

Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books to offer physical e-book vouchers
February 27, 2013 | 3:27 pm

Atria Books e-book vouchersWe've reported a number of times over the years about small start-ups that are attempting to solve the quandary of the author autograph in the digital age. A reader attending an in-person author appearance and hoping to walk away with a signed book, for instance, is clearly out of luck if she happens to only own the electronic version of the writer's book. And so companies like Autography and Kindlegraph have devised some pretty unique solutions. But autograph collecting is an obscure hobby. Aside from the novelty aspect, it's not likely to interest many of us. A company known as Impact Mobile, however, recently teamed up...

Morning Links — E-Book Sales Are Up
February 26, 2013 | 8:49 am

Morning Links Children's and YA Revenue up Nearly 22% (Galley Cat) AAP Reports eBook Sales Up 46% in 2012 (The Digital Reader) eBooks Represent 17% of Sales At Penguin (App Newser) Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development (The Digital Shift) Kindle Daily Deals: Guinness World Records 2013 (and 3 others)...

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...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 29, 2012 | 8:40 am

Amazon Sweetens Deal for KDP Select Authors to the Tune of 1.5 Million (Digital Book World) Iran's Latest Move to Stifle Dissent: Requiring ID Cards to go Online (Techdirt) Why Are Android Users Less Engaged than iOS Users? (GigaOM) Simon & Schuster will Enter Self-Publishing World (Christian Science Monitor) Kindle Daily Deal: Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson {and} Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson and Kevin O'Malley  ...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 21, 2012 | 8:53 am

Amazon is the Devil—and I Love it (Salon) Self-Publishing Gains Ground, Acceptance (Good E-Reader) HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster Reportedly in Preliminary Merger Talks (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deal: The Charleston Connection by Tom MacDonald {and} Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl * * *        ...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 9, 2012 | 8:49 am

Bartlett's Quotation's New Digital Face (Good E-Reader) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Buys Webster's New World Dictionary (MediaBistro) Publisher Earnings Roundup: Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster (Paid Content) E-books Marketshare at 22%, Amazon has 27% (Publisher's Weekly) Kindle Daily Deal: Twelve Months by Steven Manchester {and} Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic
November 8, 2012 | 8:04 pm

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for nuggets at their leisure? But it seems that history shows yet again that you can always count on someone to learn the wrong lesson: If one Twilight fanfic is able to strike it big, why not try again with another one? A Simon & Schuster imprint has just made a “substantial” book deal...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 8, 2012 | 8:31 am

Simon & Schuster Experiences 20% Increase in Digital Sales in Q3 (Good E-Reader) Over It: Bookish Conversations We Never Want to Have Again (Book Riot) Bad Science is Coming to Get Us (Techdirt) Which Publishers Do Best at eBook Sales? (Forbes) Kindle Daily Deal: Chocolat by Joanne Harris {and} The Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

E-Book consumers to receive refund of $0.25 – $1.32 per title in price-fixing settlement
September 1, 2012 | 10:32 pm

Over the past few days, a wealth of information has surfaced regarding the $69 million settlement three of the so-called 'Agency Five' publishers will be paying to 54 states and U.S. territories for the alleged price-fixing of e-books. Still, information regarding what we consider to be two of the case's more immediately fascinating aspects—the cash refunds due to consumers, and the supposed changes this settlement (and the DOJ case in general) will ultimately have on the e-book industry—are still proving a bit tough to come by. For instance, in regards to the refunds that some consumers will be receiving: How much money, exactly, will they receive? How and when will they...

Pocket Star relaunched by Simon & Schuster as dedicated ebook imprint
May 25, 2012 | 7:35 am

Screen Shot 2012 05 24 at 8 41 21 PM From the press release: - Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher, announced today that Pocket Books, America’s first paperback publisher, has re-launched its Pocket Star line as an eBook-only imprint. As it did in print, Pocket Star will continue to feature bestselling and debut authors in popular genres including women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, urban fantasy, and mystery. Louise Burke said, “Similar to how mass market has served as a platform to develop future hardcover authors, it is our mission to use Pocket Star’s new digital-only format to establish new voices in the marketplace. An eBook imprint is flexible, cost-effective, cutting-edge and makes sense in today’s marketplace. Under...

Simon & Schuster settles price-fixing class-action lawsuit
May 18, 2012 | 12:55 am

CNet reports that Simon & Schuster, who has already settled its antitrust dispute with the Department of Justice, has joined HarperCollins and Hachette in settling the price-fixing class-action lawsuit by 29 states overseen by judge Denise Cote (who issued a ruling a couple of days ago denying the publishers’ and Apple’s motion to dismiss). The terms of the settlement have not yet been announced. This leaves the remaining defendants the same in both legal actions: hold-outs Macmillan, Penguin, and Apple. It seems doubtful any of them will be inclined to settle....

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