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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,...

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...