Beware Author Solutions, and never ever pay for publishing

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

If this isn’t Rule One of self-publishing, it should be: You should never, ever, ever pay someone to publish your work for you. Full stop. End of sentence. Now, it’s fine to pay for useful services, of course. If you can afford it, it could be a good investment to pay someone to edit your work, [...]

Most popular sponsored content in 2013 about books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

Native advertising was one of the buzzwords in 2013. As digital outlets such as news sites looked for ways to make money, many turned to sponsored content. A native advertising distribution firm, Sharethrough, ranked the most popular sponsored stories in 2013, according to Adweek. Most of the data [...]

Apple calls shenanigans on anti-trust monitor; Bob Kohn gets his day in court

By Chris Meadows
December 7, 2013 // 18 Comments

The Apple trial over the last few days has taken an interesting turn. Essentially, Apple complained to the court that the special anti-trust monitor Judge Cote assigned, Michael Bromwich, has been getting too big for his britches, seeing to investigate all sorts of things outside of his usual [...]

HarperCollins UK boss wants to take back publishing from smaller digital rivals

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last week’s The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference sparked some interesting publishing comments from HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne. The comments show some publishers still don’t get it. The story begins with an interview in The Guardian, previewing Redmayne’s remarks and it started [...]

HarperCollins's comments on C.S. Lewis, Narnia portals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on the launch of  HarperCollins’s two portals specific to C.S. Lewis and the Narnia franchise, offering direct book and ebook sales to the public in conjunction with Accenture technology, a HarperCollins spokesperson contacted me with further comment and [...]

HarperCollins attempts alternative to Amazon, allies with Accenture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 30, 2013 // 6 Comments

HarperCollins is planning to sell its ebooks directly to customers through its own “end-to-end e-commerce and direct to consumer distribution solution,” according to a press release just issued by Accenture, the “global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing [...]

Victoria Barnsley's HarperCollins exit and the content conundrum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Victoria Barnsley, Chief Executive and Publisher at HarperCollins UK since 2000, announced her unexpected exit earlier this week. According to the report in the UK’s The Bookseller, expanded on the circumstances and on her own view of her profession in a valedictory speech at the annual [...]

Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and [...]

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 12, 2013 // 13 Comments

Would you pay to browse a bookstore’s shelves? Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK & International, discussed that concept during a recent interview on BBC’s The Bottom Line with Evan Davis. “In America, certain shoe shops are charging to try on shoes. These people [...]

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Joins the Espresso Book Machine Network

By Dan Eldridge
February 3, 2013 // 4 Comments

As an unabashed vending machine fanatic and someone who’s been involved with the publishing industry for the better part of my adult life, I’ve long been intrigued by the Espresso Book Machine, owned by On Demand Books. There are currently more than seven million titles available in On [...]

What does the News Corp split mean for HarperCollins?

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Under pressure from News Corp’s upper management, Rupert Murdoch has lately agreed to divide News Corp up into two corporations—one that contains the corporation’s entertainment assets, and the other to contain its newspaper and publishing assets—including “Big Six”/”Agency Five” [...]

HarperCollins takes aim at teenagers with Epic Reads

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

HarperCollins recently announced a program to make all English-language e-book titles available around the world (and it’s about time, too!), but that’s not the only new initiative it’s launched lately. Another one is called “Epic Reads”, and is a digital community site aimed at getting [...]

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