HarperCollins

TuneIn offers ad-free radio, sports, and audiobooks for $8 per month

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anyone disappointed by Scribd’s recent decision to pare down its audiobook offerings might have a new solution. CNET reports that streaming radio site TuneIn is adding an $8-per-month subscription option that removes ads from 600 radio stations, adds Major League Baseball and Premier League [...]

Hummingbird Digital Media seeks to compete with Amazon, ‘democratize e-book retailing’

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here comes another Amazon competitor. Shelf Awareness reports that a new startup called Hummingbird Digital Media, founded by American West Books who supplies books to Costco, Sams Club, and other retailers, wants to “democratize e-book retailing.” Exhorting publishers, retailers, and authors [...]

Independent bookstore refunds Go Set a Watchman purchases

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Melville House’s blog has an interview with Peter Malkin, the owner of Traverse City, MI bookstore Brilliant Books, discussing why Brilliant Books has begun offering refunds to all its customers who unknowingly purchased Go Set a Watchman thinking it was a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. The [...]

Harper Lee to publish sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird after 55 years

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 10 Comments

For fifty-five years, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the only novel that Harper Lee published. It was successful enough that she simply didn’t need to publish another one. That one book, published 55 years ago, has kept her comfortable for the rest of her life. But it turns out that To Kill a [...]

HarperCollins does big festive ebook sale

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 31, 2014 // 2 Comments

In the latest example of a pattern that I suspect is going to become increasingly common in electronic publishing, HarperCollins is not only offering an across-the-board seasonal sale of some of its most popular titles, but also appears to be trying to push this first and foremost through its own [...]

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

News Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos’s brutal bullying bugbear Amazon – by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit [...]

HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

One of the rallying cries of author advocates and Amazon adversaries alike has been that publishers should start selling their books direct to the public instead of letting middle-man Amazon have so much power. Another rallying cry is that publishers should pay authors bigger royalties. Well, [...]

Barnes & Noble removes ability to download its e-books outside of the Nook ecosystem

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2014 // 6 Comments

I’m hesitant to believe this story Nate’s reporting, even after clicking the links and reading the sources for myself. How could anyone in the modern e-book market be this dumb? But the writing seems to be on the wall. Barnes & Noble has removed the “Download” button from its e-book [...]

HarperCollins digital direct platform has a problem: Free Narnia now!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

As reported earlier in TeleRead, HarperCollins launched its direct-to-consumer ebook sales platform, co-authored with Accenture, with C.S. Lewis and Narnia as its flagship media properties, in October 2013 in the form of the C.S. Lewis.com and Narnia.com websites. But that brave attempt at an [...]

Neil Gaiman ‘pissed at Amazon’ but not so sure about Hachette either

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

Well, here’s another Salon Amazon hit piece, at least sort of. Salon chose to headline it, “Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” but if you read the actual article, you find the quote was taken out of context. Gaiman feels that the anti-trust prosecution against the five major [...]

Department of Justice asks settling publishers, ‘Done any more colluding lately?’

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from “people familiar with the situation” that the first three publishers to settle—Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and News Corp’s own HarperCollins—have received letters of inquiry from the Department of Justice, seeking information about “any [...]

Wall Street Journal misses boat again with anti-Amazon hit piece

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has posted another scathing anti-Amazon editorial. It might be paywalled; if so you can bypass it by googling the headline. But I’m willing to bet you can guess pretty much exactly what it says without even reading it. Let’s review: the Wall Street Journal is owned by [...]

HarperCollins seeks injunction, damages against Open Road over Julie of the Wolves e-book

By Chris Meadows
May 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly has the latest news in the Julie of the Wolves case. The affair began when Open Road agreed to publish an electronic edition of Jean C. George’s book Julie of the Wolves. George, who has since passed away, and Open Road felt that the terms of George’s [...]

Weekend Roundup: HarperCollins/Harlequin, Dead Novels, and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kindle Daily Deal: Spider Woman’s Daughter (and others) — HarperCollins Acquisition of Harlequin and What it Means for Readers (Dear Author) I saw a number of people speculate that the sale of Harlequin had to do with Harlequin being in trouble financially and while Harlequin has seen [...]

News Corp purchases Harlequin, joining HarperCollins

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Harlequin is headed to HarperCollins. News Corp, which owns HarperCollins, made the announcement on Friday. It has acquired one of the leading publishers in women’s fiction. Harlequin publishes the works of more than 1,300 authors and releases more than 110 titles monthly. About 40 percent of [...]

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