Amazon vs. HarperCollins. Will this be different from Amazon vs. Hachette?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 2, 2015 // 6 Comments

So the battle over book pricing may have started a bit earlier this spring. Last year it wasn’t in full swing until May. This year is starting with April, assuming the Business Insider article yesterday wasn’t an April Fool’s joke (doubtful). So far the coverage has been moderate [...]

Harper Lee to publish sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird after 55 years

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2015 // 10 Comments

For fifty-five years, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the only novel that Harper Lee published. It was successful enough that she simply didn’t need to publish another one. That one book, published 55 years ago, has kept her comfortable for the rest of her life. But it turns out that To Kill a [...]

Big Publishing big-mouth speaks on Charlie Hebdo – and it ain’t pretty

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Charlie Hebdo massacre naturally involves writers, magazines, and publishers everywhere, touching as it does on issues of free speech, free expression, and the right to publish. It also gives those same communities the chance to condemn themselves out of their own mouths. And one Big Five [...]

HarperCollins does big festive ebook sale

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 31, 2014 // 2 Comments

In the latest example of a pattern that I suspect is going to become increasingly common in electronic publishing, HarperCollins is not only offering an across-the-board seasonal sale of some of its most popular titles, but also appears to be trying to push this first and foremost through its own [...]

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue

By Joanna Cabot
November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don’t Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the [...]

News Corp results show how badly those poor disrupted publishers are hurting …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

News Corporation, that big bouncy Murdoch baby, demonstrated just how badly the Big Five publishers really need rescuing from Bezos’s brutal bullying bugbear Amazon – by delivering quarterly results well above expectations, buoyed in part by strong performance at publishing unit [...]

Morning Links: B&N launches new audiobook app. Embrace change

By Joanna Cabot
November 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

We Need a New ‘Church and State’ in Digital Publishing (Media Shift) Much of the digital content industry is lost today in discussions about the blurred line between publisher and advertiser — otherwise known as the divide between church and state. *** Harlequin, Divergent Drive [...]

Weekend Links: HarperCollins encouraging direct sales. Indie bookstores are not dead

By Joanna Cabot
October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

HarperCollins Encourages Authors to Sell eBooks Directly (GoodeReader) HarperCollins is empowering their cadre of authors to sell eBooks directly with the advent of a new eCommerce platform. *** Thinking About Switching to iOS 8’s Family Sharing? Here’s What You Need to Know (GigaOM) [...]

HarperCollins offers authors higher royalties for direct sales

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

One of the rallying cries of author advocates and Amazon adversaries alike has been that publishers should start selling their books direct to the public instead of letting middle-man Amazon have so much power. Another rallying cry is that publishers should pay authors bigger royalties. Well, [...]

Morning Roundup: New Zealand rules bloggers are journalists. More DRM-free comics!

By Joanna Cabot
September 19, 2014 // 5 Comments

More Publishers Join Comixology’s DRM-Free Program (PW) Digital comics marketplace Comixology, which launched a DRM-free program in July, announced that a second wave of 14 publishers will now allow their customers to download and store DRM-free copies of comics they have purchased. *** [...]

Big Library Read to offer up its latest book in October

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

The next installment of Big Library Read will take place next month. Anatomy of a Misfit will be featured for two weeks on OverDrive, the e-book lending library app. Anatomy of a Misfit is HarperCollins book by Andrea Portes. OverDrive allows customers to check out e-books of thousands of titles. [...]

HarperCollins UK goes direct-to-consumer: Is Amazon worried yet?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2014 // 6 Comments

News that might just have Jeff Bezos quaking in his boots – though don’t bank on it – is that HarperCollins in the UK has introduced across-the-board direct sales for its books, including hard copy as well as ebooks. The ebooks have to be downloaded and read on [...]

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more

By Joanna Cabot
August 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

HarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It’s a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers — and their editors [...]

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins assists indie bookstores. #IReadEveryWhere

By Joanna Cabot
August 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Round-Up of NYPL’s #IReadEverywhere (Book Riot) The NYPL recently started a hashtag campaign to promote literacy (as well as their services): #IReadEveryWhere. It’s worth checking out on Twitter just for fun AND for some great book recommendations. *** Teaching the Digital Media Revolution [...]

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions

By Joanna Cabot
July 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Libraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds [...]

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