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 [...]

Bob Kohn files appeal of publisher anti-trust settlements

By libertyc
December 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Ah, the schadenfreude continues. Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that Bob Kohn has filed his appeal of the approval of the Macmillan and Penguin e-book settlements. In the hearing a couple of weeks ago, Judge Cote suggested it was unlikely he would be found to have standing to appeal [...]

More developments in the scientific publishing controversy

By libertyc
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following the current controversy over open access research and scientific publishing, a couple more items have surfaced to lend color to the debate. For one, scientific publisher Wiley is trialing a system of “transferable peer review” to speed and systematize the assessment of new [...]

Macmillan offers complete backlist to ebook lending libraries

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Macmillan is putting its backlist in ebook lending libraries. The big publishing house confirmed to Publishers Weekly that more than 11,000 titles will be available through OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor. Frontlist titles are not currently available. Alison Lazarus, president of [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline

By libertyc
April 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

E-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the [...]

One publisher, Tor/Forge, truly understands reader engagement

By libertyc
April 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s easy to always talk about publishers who get it wrong, and yes, lots of them do. Bookish, anyone? (Where you can get recommendations, but it’s all a one way street, and many, if not most, of their articles are aimed at books or authors published by the houses behind the site.) Tor, [...]

Retailers begin discounting Macmillan e-books

By libertyc
April 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Retailers are finally discounting Macmillan-published e-books – nearly two months after it settled its Department of Justice’s price fixing case. Prices of e-books have been lowered on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to Publishers Lunch. This includes books such as [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links — Is the piracy debate coming to an end?

By Dan Eldridge
January 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The piracy debate may well be irrelevant in the future of publishing (Tools of Change) Piracy is yesterday’s worry for today’s ‘artisan authors’ (The Guardian) Macmillan to launch two-year ebook library lending pilot (Paid Content) This Clever Resume That Looks Like an [...]

Morning Links — What's the best iPad keyboard?

By libertyc
January 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Best iPad Keyboard? (Lifehacker) iPads Replace Newspapers in Boston Globe School Donation Program (Paid Content) Younger eBook Readers Three Times More Likely to Discover New eBooks Through Social Media (Digital Book World) MacMillan to Launch Two-Year Library eBook Pilot (The Digital Reader) [...]

Morning Links: Wikipedia and the future of news

By libertyc
December 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

What Wikipedia Can Tell Us About the Future of News (GigaOM) Children’s Digital Profit Down at Scholastic As Hunger Games Fades and Digital Investment Ramps (Digital Book World) MacMillan Vows to Participate in Library eBook Lending (Good E-Reader) Dickens, Reserialized (The Digital Shift) [...]

Morning Links — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
November 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

MacMillan Dictionary to be Strictly Digital (Good E-Reader) The Holiday Wish List of Books (An American Editor) Flat World Knowledge to Drop Free Textbook Access (The Digital Reader) The iPad Mini: The Most Dangerous Competitor to the iPad Yet (Dear Jane) Kindle Daily Deal: Wonder Boys & One [...]

E-Book consumers to receive refund of $0.25 – $1.32 per title in price-fixing settlement

By libertyc
September 1, 2012 // 8 Comments

Over the past few days, a wealth of information has surfaced regarding the $69 million settlement three of the so-called ‘Agency Five’ publishers will be paying to 54 states and U.S. territories for the alleged price-fixing of e-books. Still, information regarding what we consider [...]

Three Publishers Settle with 49 States

By libertyc
August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek seems to have been one of the first publications to report that 54 attorneys general in (49 states and five American territories) have collectively reached a $69 million antitrust settlement with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers LLC and Simon & Schuster [...]

Tor/Forge announces its e-books are now completely DRM-free going forward

By libertyc
July 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

We reported that it was coming, and now it is here: Tor announces, via, that all Tor e-books currently being sold anywhere are now DRM-free. Any Tor e-books bought from now on from any retailer that sells them will have no DRM. (Whether previously-purchased Tor e-books include DRM is up to [...]

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