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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 [...]

Penguin Random House Canada head courts controversy with $100,000 minimum revenue requirement

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

There seems to be some controversy in Canada over a recent statement by Brad Martin, head of Penguin Random House Canada, in a column discussing the PRH merger. Martin said, “I’m not interested in a book that is going to generate less than $100,000 in revenue unless the editor or publisher has [...]

A dirty secret of big publishing: More fact-checking needed. Fixes on the way?

By David Rothman
June 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I worked on The Silicon Jungle, I didn’t just benefit from a keen-eyed copy editor at Ballantine Books. Sentence by sentence, a computer consultant vetted me. A few years later I published another popular-level technical book at another big house. The amount spent on professional [...]

TeleRead’s first podcast is now available to stream or download

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today Juli Monroe, Joanna Cabot, and I got together to record our first TeleRead podcast, talking for an hour about recent news stories and other events. We touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited [...]

Amazon and Penguin Random House agree to contract

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon has signed a new contract with Penguin Random House, Publishers Weekly reports. Penguin Random House represents the last of the Big Five (nee Big Six) publishers and the last of the “Agency Five” (well, the Penguin half does, anyway) to agree to new terms. This brings an end to any [...]

Penguin caught out cheating readers on Zoella book launch?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2014 // 3 Comments

Showing the kind of ethics you would expect from the owners of Author Solutions, Penguin Random House has apparently been caught out in a lie over the launch of the bestseller Girl Online from social media celebrity Zoella (a.k.a. Zoe Sugg) previously covered in Teleread. Because, as reported in The Bookseller, Zoella was a.k.a. not-the-author, and the ghostwriter who actually penned most of the words, Siobhan Curham, received no credit. And the resulting shitstorm has been enough to drive Zoella herself off the medium that made her - the internet - at least temporarily. And now, The Guardian and many other sources are simply and directly asking: "How much of Girl Online did she really write?" [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

Authors lost the book war long before Amazon vs. Hachette

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

I meant to cover this piece from The Weeklings when it popped up on The Passive Voice the other day. To my surprise, it’s reprinted on the normally rabid pro-publisher/anti-Amazon Salon Magazine this morning, so I guess I have no excuse now. In this article, J.E. Fishman traces authorial woes all [...]

Robinson-Patman, Amazon, the publishers, and the ABA: Where’s the lawsuit? (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Two different op-eds have popped up on CNN and Al Jazeera suggesting that Amazon, big bully that it is in the Hachette negotiation, needs to be taken down a peg under the Robinson-Patman Act. (If you didn’t hear a raspy voice say “I’m Patman” when I mentioned the name of that law, I’m [...]

Penguin Random House UK launches online recommendation, retail platform

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

Penguin Random House UK introduced a new platform for readers in what looks like an attempt to shift the retail marketplace. My Independent Bookstore launched on Monday for private beta testing and is available by invite-only right now. The platform will allow users to display 12 books in a virtual [...]

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, [...]

You can kill a paperback, but long live the ebook

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

After years in court, Penguin Books decided to stop fighting and withdraw Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History from India. The book was challenged by a Hindu group who claimed in its lawsuit the book “denigrated Hindus and show[s] their religion in poor light.” According [...]

Bob Kohn files appeal of publisher anti-trust settlements

By libertyc
December 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Ah, the schadenfreude continues. Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that Bob Kohn has filed his appeal of the approval of the Macmillan and Penguin e-book settlements. In the hearing a couple of weeks ago, Judge Cote suggested it was unlikely he would be found to have standing to appeal [...]

Penguin partners with Readmill for an alternative UK reading app

By libertyc
November 29, 2013 // 2 Comments

German ebook app developer Readmill has announced a partnership with Penguin UK to produce an ereading option that seems to want to sidestep Amazon and other ebook distributors and go direct to the consumer from the Penguin UK website. “Now when you purchase ebooks from Penguin UK, you can [...]

UK's Waterstones tweets "first ever paperback books" — well, not quite

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Leading UK retail book chain Waterstones has proudly tweeted a picture of early Penguins via its official Twitter account, declaring: “On this day, 1935. The first ever paperback books, from @PenguinUKBooks, were published.” Only, were they? As you might expect of such an obvious and [...]

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