John Sargent

Macmillan CEO pens interesting letter on publishing state of play

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Sargent is CEO of Macmillan, itself one of the Big Five publishers, although perhaps lower key and less controversial than the other four. And he penned an end-of-year message to the company’s “Authors, Illustrators, and Agents” which has appeared in full on the blog of [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Sargent: Major publishers learning, trying new things with e-books

By Chris Meadows
December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Here are an interesting juxtaposition of posts that just came to light today. In the first, Kristine Kathryn Rusch at last returns to blogging about the publishing industry with an end-of-year post that is both interesting and scary. Last year, I wrote an open letter asking the Big Five publishers [...]

Macmillan exec asks what publishers can do for readers, but does she mean it?

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Porter Anderson at FutureBook reports on a presentation given by Sara Lloyd, Pan Macmillan’s digital and communications director, at the “FutureBook Hack” conference. (TeleRead previously carried an open letter to Ms. Lloyd from Brian Ford of Lendle.) Lloyd was gung-ho about wanting [...]

Macmillan Speaks…once

By Chris Meadows
January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

I was clicking around links from my post about Steven Zacharius earlier today when I happened onto something amusing. Or, at least, amusing to me. Back in April of 2012, when John Sargent made his defiant post declaring Macmillan would not settle with the Department of Justice, he posted it via the [...]

BREAKING: Macmillan Settles with DOJ on Price Fixing

By libertyc
February 8, 2013 // 11 Comments

Apple is now the lone hold-out. As you may recall, three publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—immediately settled, leaving Penguin, MacMillan and Apple to fight it out in court. Penguin settled in December, probably to protect their pending merger with Random House. And [...]

John Sargent’s statement and A pet peeve

By libertyc
April 18, 2012 // 4 Comments

So, perhaps this isn’t really very news-related, but it’s a pet peeve that’s been bothering me for the last few days: John Sargent’s statement on the DoJ agency pricing lawsuit. I’m not bothered so much by what he’s saying in it (though I think his prefacing it with “Dear authors, [...]

Macmillan & Amazon make up lost royalties from agency spat; Macmillan raises e-book royalty rates across board

By libertyc
February 3, 2011 // 2 Comments

It’s right around the one year anniversary of the week that Amazon removed Macmillan books’ buy buttons in its snit-fit over the implementation of agency pricing, resulting in a lot of authors losing a week’s worth of royalties. And just in time to mark the anniversary, an interesting tidbit [...]

The screw you ebook deal

By libertyc
July 26, 2010 // 23 Comments

Every week it seems something new is happening in eBookland to set the ebook cause back a decade or two. Always at the forefront of the reversal of fortune is greed. This week’s menace to eBookland is literary agent Andrew Wylie and his new publishing venture Odyssey. Wylie could have summed up [...]

CEO of Macmillan is appalled at the Wylie deal; Random House disputes rights

By libertyc
July 22, 2010 // 11 Comments

Macmillan CEO says of the Wylie deal, in his blog: I am appalled, however, that Andrew has chosen to give his list exclusively to a single retailer. A basic tenet of publishing is that our function is to reach as many readers as we can. We disseminate our books and the ideas within them as broadly [...]

John Sargent answers questions about Macmillan agency pricing

By libertyc
March 12, 2010 // 0 Comments

John Sargent of Macmillan has posted a new blog entry, in which he takes a look at four questions that cover the general gamut of the comments he received to his previous one. The first question Sargent addresses is how much an e-book should cost. He takes a look at several differing points of [...]

Sargent compares libraries to Netflix: ‘How is that a good model for us?’

By libertyc
March 12, 2010 // 0 Comments

Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent attended the “Publishing Point” Meetup on Wednesday in NYC and spoke a little about the future of e-book lending, and the potential for publishers to create a new revenue stream from libraries. Eric Hellman attended the session and summarized [...]

Blogs respond to Sargent’s pricing post; ‘a premium on impatience’

By libertyc
March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve found some good blog responses to John Sargent’s post about Macmillan’s agency pricing model, which we reprinted the other day. In his Kindle Nation Daily blog, Stephen Windwalker praises Sargent for at last addressing the general public rather than just the industry insiders at whom his [...]

Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the agency model, availability and price

By libertyc
March 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Here is the complete text of Sargent’s post on the Macmillan blog: After the events of the past several weeks, I have been in touch with many of you. It has become clear to me that there is far too little accurate information available in this time of unprecedented change. The issues we all [...]

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