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 [...]

Sad Puppies supporters, opponents respectively call for boycott, buying of Tor books

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2015 // 7 Comments

Depending on your point of view, today is the day you may either want to stop buying books from Tor, or go out and buy some extra to show your support. Sad Puppies supporter Peter Grant and Rabid [...]

Sad Puppies roundup, and the Irene Gallo controversy

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2015 // 8 Comments

It’s been some time since our last few posts covering the Sad/Rabid Puppies Hugo Awards controversy, and a few interesting developments and articles have come out since then, so it’s time for a [...]

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners

By Chris Meadows
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins [...]

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Sargent: Major publishers learning, trying new things with e-books

By Chris Meadows
December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here are an interesting juxtaposition of posts that just came to light today. In the first, Kristine Kathryn Rusch at last returns to blogging about the publishing industry with an end-of-year post [...]

Macmillan makes Nature access free in content-sharing push

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The scholarly open access model of scientific publishing received a boost this week when Macmillan Science and Education, “one of the leading publishing and technology companies in the [...]

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that [...]

Macmillan exec asks what publishers can do for readers, but does she mean it?

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Porter Anderson at FutureBook reports on a presentation given by Sara Lloyd, Pan Macmillan’s digital and communications director, at the “FutureBook Hack” conference. (TeleRead previously [...]

Department of Justice files brief in Apple antitrust appeal, argues for upholding Judge Cote’s verdict

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Tor looks back on two DRM-free years, launches new novella imprint

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tor has posted an interesting article on covering Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty’s presentation at BEA today. First of all, he discussed the aftereffects of removing DRM from [...]

Hugo voter e-book bundle to include only excerpts of Orbit Best Novel nominees

By Chris Meadows
May 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

Well, here’s some disappointing news. You know how, in recent years, the Hugo Voters Packet has included as many of the Hugo-nominated works as it was able to get out of its publishers? Including, [...]

Hugo voter e-book bundle to include entire Wheel of Time series

By Chris Meadows
April 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Hugo nominations have been announced. One of the more interesting things to come out of the nominations this time around has been the inclusion of the entire Wheel of Time series for “Best [...]

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at [...]

Is the SFWA losing its relevance?

By Chris Meadows
February 18, 2014 // 5 Comments

“This is the song that doesn’t end…it just goes on and on my friend…” To mix musical metaphors, I’m getting that whole “second verse, same as the first” feeling as I look at the [...]

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