Big Six

Can publishers win if they dare?

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 7 Comments

Dare – dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive It’s time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan Bush, “Dare” That seems to be the chorus that publisher advocates are singing these days: as [...]

Hugh Howey explodes your view of publishing with author earnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Author and self-publishing savant Hugh Howey has just released via the AuthorEarnings website his new report on … well … author earnings, which moves data capture and overall insight into author sales figures and receipts in the digitally disrupted world of modern publishing up several [...]

Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, Part 2

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

This article is a follow-up to my earlier piece on “Why Big Publishing hates Amazon, and wants you to hate Amazon too”. As its title may suggest, it’s not exactly a withdrawal of my original conclusions. But it is an attempt to answer and counter some of the comments made on that [...]

August 27 court date set for next Apple anti-trust hearing

By libertyc
August 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Injunction junction, what’s your function? Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that the Department of Justice and Apple will be back in Judge Cote’s courtroom on August 27 to discuss what kind of injunction the judge will issue against Apple in the penalty phase of the e-book trial. [...]

Publishers, Barnes & Noble advised on how to save themselves…but will it work?

By libertyc
July 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

"Vaporize him!" It’s really easy to give advice, especially when you’re not the one who has anything at stake. I know that as well as anybody. And in turbulent times, there seems to be plenty of advice flying around. That being said, on the heels of my own cathartic rant at publishers [...]

Judge Cote finds Apple guilty of colluding with publishers

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, that was sudden. Just a couple of weeks into the expected couple of months a ruling might take, Judge Denise Cote has issued a 160-page ruling (PDF) finding Apple guilty of violating anti-trust laws in colluding with publishers to raise e-book prices. A sentencing hearing will be held later. [...]

Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us

By libertyc
July 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

The Big Six today officially became the Big Five, with the formal announcement that UK publishing giant Pearson PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA have completed the JV merger of Penguin and Random House, to create … wait for it … Penguin Random House. The [...]

The Apple trial, agency pricing, and The Battle of $9.99

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

So, arguments wrapped up today in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against Apple. Juli Monroe has already done an excellent job of pulling out some slides from the Powerpoint shows and noting what the wavy lines on the charts mean. Over on Fortune, Philip Elmer-Dewitt covers the [...]

HarperCollins announces BookSmash app contest as Big Book tries to take back the tech

By libertyc
June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

In the latest push by Big Publishing to win back ground lost to digital disruption, Big Six house HarperCollins has announced a competition, BookSmash, for developers “to create excellent, functioning software and proof of concept apps utilizing the HarperCollins OpenBook API.” The [...]

Apple anti-trust case hinges on ‘Most Favored Nation’ clause

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

In case you hadn’t noticed, the trial of Apple on serving as the ringleader for the agency pricing trust has just closed out its first week, with an expected two more to go. Fortune has a decent recap of the issues at stake, as well as some cogent analysis of why this case could very well go to [...]

BEA Panel Suggests Publishers Still Clueless about Library E-Books and Piracy

By libertyc
June 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Unlike some of our writers, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to attend BookExpo America, so I end up having to learn about it second-hand. But I happened across a blog post that led me to another that led me to some interesting articles, which in turn led me to wonder, are the Big Six (soon [...]

A Conundrum for an Aspiring Self-Publisher

By libertyc
June 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

I had a fascinating conversation today with an aspiring self-publisher. I accompanied my kindergarten classes on a field trip to a conservation area, and during the lunch break I was chatting with our tour guide, who happens to be an aspiring author. He took the guide job because he loves working [...]

Do publishers need to give authors more info to keep them happy?

By libertyc
March 11, 2013 // 6 Comments

More than a few self-published authors, of course, have found serious success through various channels over the years—selling a vast amount of books on their own, for instance, or having their previously self-published book picked up by a big publishing concern. And yet, contrary to popular [...]

Amazon accidentally disables Big Six publisher Kindle e-book buy buttons overnight

By libertyc
November 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Not everything always goes smoothly over at Amazon. PaidContent reports that, for a few hours Thursday night, it seems Amazon inadvertently disabled the Kindle e-book buy buttons on Big Six publishers (and who knows what other publishers?) for a few hours. The company reported it was a “technical [...]

Inkling Books' Michael W. Perry responds …

By libertyc
September 14, 2012 // 11 Comments

Michael W. Perry’s political rant about the cause and ramifications of the DoJ price-fixing case definitely touched a nerve this week with a good number of readers. Some of you found Perry’s thought-process and logic to be a bit twisted, while others didn’t think the essay had [...]

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