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 [...]

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 Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Chris Meadows
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, [...]

The screw you ebook deal

By Rich Adin
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 Paul Biba
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 Chris Meadows
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 [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 Paul Biba
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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