Wall Street Journal misses boat again with anti-Amazon hit piece

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 5 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has posted another scathing anti-Amazon editorial. It might be paywalled; if so you can bypass it by googling the headline. But I’m willing to bet you can guess pretty much exactly what it says without even reading it. Let’s review: the Wall Street Journal is owned by [ on]

Weekend Roundup: HarperCollins/Harlequin, Dead Novels, and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kindle Daily Deal: Spider Woman’s Daughter (and others) — HarperCollins Acquisition of Harlequin and What it Means for Readers (Dear Author) I saw a number of people speculate that the sale of Harlequin had to do with Harlequin being in trouble financially and while Harlequin has seen [ on]

News Corp purchases Harlequin, joining HarperCollins

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Harlequin is headed to HarperCollins. News Corp, which owns HarperCollins, made the announcement on Friday. It has acquired one of the leading publishers in women’s fiction. Harlequin publishes the works of more than 1,300 authors and releases more than 110 titles monthly. About 40 percent of [ on]

Humble Bundle about to launch third e-book bundle

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be. It’s going to [ on]

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

After fan fiction and online writers’ circles, now it’s the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights [ on]

Most popular sponsored content in 2013 about books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

Native advertising was one of the buzzwords in 2013. As digital outlets such as news sites looked for ways to make money, many turned to sponsored content. A native advertising distribution firm, Sharethrough, ranked the most popular sponsored stories in 2013, according to Adweek. Most of the data [ on]

Barbarians at the Bookstore Gate: Big bucks and big books (or boobs?)

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 12, 2013 // 4 Comments

Next time, o lowly author, you’re feeling underrewarded and underappreciated, just think how lucky you are to scrape acquaintance and kiss rings with the glamorous beautiful and bucks-bundling people of the swanky publishing industry. Instead of slumming it with the little nobodies, you too [ on]

HarperCollins is planning something big – like a dinosaur, maybe?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

A long and fairly uncritical interview article in Mashable takes us on a tour of the epublishing aspirations of HarperCollins under the stewardship of its new chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi, and its plans to corner the “Next Big Thing” in digital publishing – [ on]

HarperCollins's comments on C.S. Lewis, Narnia portals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on the launch of  HarperCollins’s two portals specific to C.S. Lewis and the Narnia franchise, offering direct book and ebook sales to the public in conjunction with Accenture technology, a HarperCollins spokesperson contacted me with further comment and [ on]

Scribd offers e-book subscription service

By Susan Lulgjuraj
October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

The competition for e-book subscription-based services is getting tougher. Scribd announced it is offering its own service for e-books on Tuesday. The service will cost $8.99 a month for an unlimited amount of books and will have many HarperCollins among its publishers its library. Scribd is a [ on]

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