Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster to offer free e-books to customers

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World is carrying a press release reporting that Simon & Schuster is entering a partnership to give e-books away to customers who book stays through (That certainly gives new meaning to their slogan “Be smart. Book smart.”) The titles will be distributed via Glose, [...]

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the self-publishers have had: particularly that agency pricing is considerably slowing big-five e-book [...]

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 [...]

Simon & Schuster makes Buy It Now optional

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Simon & Schuster has been a conspicuous early mover in ebook lending programs through U.S. library networks. However, it also has tried to lever the initiative by insisting on a “Buy It Now” button for borrowed ebooks, to drive borrowers to actually buy the books they have virtually taken [...]

Simon & Schuster reportedly reaches agency deal with Amazon

By Chris Meadows
October 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

The interesting times we live in might just have gotten a little more interesting. Right as Hachette is in the middle of a protracted contact negotiation dispute with Hachette comes a rumor, via Publishers Weekly, that its fellow Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster has just finalized a contract [...]

Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

CBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. “Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from [...]

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan [...]

Amazon vs. Hachette: Theories and opinions

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 5 Comments

So, Amazon vs. Hachette. There’s a thing. One multibillion dollar company versus another in a contract negotiation, Amazon delaying availability of Hachette books, authors getting caught in the middle, and we’re supposed to root for the publisher because Amazon is, of course, evil. Right. [...]

Derek Jeter's New "At Bat" Project: Book Publishing

By Susan Lulgjuraj
November 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last week, my two favorite things came together – baseball and books. Even more specifically, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced he was partnering with Simon & Schuster to create a literary imprint Jeter Publishing. Those that know me know I have a large baseball card collection [...]

E-Books pit libraries against publishers, free against sales

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2013 // 8 Comments

A few pieces on the sometimes adversarial relationship between libraries and publishers when it comes to e-books have come to my attention. First, there’s this piece covering Cory Doctorow’s appearance at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, complete with a four-minute [...]

Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books to offer physical e-book vouchers

By Dan Eldridge
February 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

We’ve reported a number of times over the years about small start-ups that are attempting to solve the quandary of the author autograph in the digital age. A reader attending an in-person author appearance and hoping to walk away with a signed book, for instance, is clearly out of luck if [...]

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic

By Chris Meadows
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for [...]

Simon & Schuster settles price-fixing class-action lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
May 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet reports that Simon & Schuster, who has already settled its antitrust dispute with the Department of Justice, has joined HarperCollins and Hachette in settling the price-fixing class-action lawsuit by 29 states overseen by judge Denise Cote (who issued a ruling a couple of days ago denying [...]

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