Random House

Random House's Hydra changes contract terms

By libertyc
March 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Many publishing insiders and authors have been discussing Random House over the past week. The company might wish it had stayed out of the news as criticisms came down over its digital imprints, [...]

Two David and Goliath stories with happy endings

By libertyc
March 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

TeleRead has earlier covered two stories about some bad publishing experiments: The first was about the scammy contracts Random House was offering authors who signed with their digital-only imprint. [...]

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger

By libertyc
February 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

One hurdle down. Several more to go with the EU, Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world still needing to weigh in on this. Penguin’s settlement [...]

Penguin, Random House Merger Shows E-Books Dominate

By libertyc
October 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

So two of the largest publishers in the world are merging their book arms entirely to deal with “this exciting, fast-moving world of digital books and digital readers,” to quote Pearson [...]

Libraries Do Not 'Own' Random House E-Books After All

By libertyc
October 25, 2012 // 9 Comments

Last week we carried a story about a claim that Random House was going to let libraries “own” its e-books. However, it turns out that “own” may have been an optimistic oversimplification. [...]

What I got for my $18: A Kindle Case Study

By libertyc
October 10, 2012 // 15 Comments

I try to keep my Kindle spending to $10 or less per book—partly for budgetary reasons, and partly because I find most e-books so error-filled that I resent paying so much money just to copy-edit [...]

Judge denies Apple, publisher motions to dismiss class-action price-fixing suit

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of the filing I mentioned yesterday, the judge in the publisher/Apple price-fixing class action has issued a 56-page ruling (PDF). It’s important to note that this is only a [...]

New details come to light in agency pricing class-action lawsuit

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 7 Comments

The hits just keep on coming. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen writes about a new filing in a class-action lawsuit against the agency pricing publishers that reveals some previously redacted [...]

Amazon Publishing acquires North American James Bond print and e-book rights

By libertyc
April 18, 2012 // 1 Comment

The name is Zon. Ama Zon. In 2010, the Fleming estate chose not to renew its publishing contract with Penguin for the James Bond novels, and proceeded to release them electronically in the UK via [...]

Big Six publishers decline to renew contract with Amazon over unfavorable terms

By libertyc
April 10, 2012 // 18 Comments

Salon Magazine has an extremely lengthy story looking at Amazon, and bringing up a couple of points I hadn’t heard about before. In main, the article looks at Amazon’s habit of making quiet but [...]

Some publishers more willing to settle with DOJ than others over e-book pricing

By libertyc
April 7, 2012 // 5 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has some further news on the putative e-book pricing settlement in the US Justice Department and European Commission joint anti-trust investigation of the “Agency Five” [...]

Nova Scotia libraries boycott Random House over e-book price hike

By libertyc
April 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

CBC News reports that some Nova Scotia libraries have begun boycotting Random House over a change to Random House’s e-book pricing for libraries. Earlier this year, Random House announced its plans [...]

Thanks to e-books, publishers’ revenues are down but profits are up

By libertyc
March 31, 2012 // 5 Comments

The other day, I mentioned a survey showing that the growth of e-books has reduced the overall value of the book publishing market in the UK, and wondered what the figures might look like for the US. [...]

Mike Shatzkin: Bookstores’ decision not to carry Amazon books could be wise move

By libertyc
February 9, 2012 // 10 Comments

Are Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, and Indigo making a wise move by not carrying the books from Amazon’s publishing arm, or are they cutting off their noses to spite their faces? This is the [...]

Kobo announces publishing arm, signs e-reader sales deal with UK bookstore chain W H Smith

By libertyc
October 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

As Amazon goes, so goes Kobo? A report from CBC suggests that would seem to be the case. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis says that Kobo is developing a publishing arm to offer complete publishing services [...]

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