Hachette shuts up shop in New Zealand

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Despite its good fortunes in other markets, Hachette seems to be enjoying less prosperity in Kiwi country, and appears ready to leave the land of flightless birds to the Penguin, withdrawing from the New Zealand market. As of the time of writing, no official announcement has appeared on the [...]

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry’s biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no [...]

David Gaughran goes gangbusters on Author Solutions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

As previously outlined in TeleRead, self-publishing apostle David Gaughran has been assiduously ferreting out the wrongdoings of Author Solutions and kindred assisted publishing enterprises, both through his own researches and by linking others. He’s also hinted for some time at an upcoming [...]

Morning Roundup: Copyright trolls, summer publishing, and more

By Joanna Cabot
July 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

eBookstores Now Dropping Prices on Some Random Penguin Books (The Digital Reader) It’s been nearly 7 months since Penguin settled with the US Dept of Justice, but it wasn’t until today that the prices finally started dropping. * * * No Dog Days of Summer for Publishing This July (Digital Book [...]

Penguin Random House publishing merger: All your books are belong to us

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

The Big Six today officially became the Big Five, with the formal announcement that UK publishing giant Pearson PLC and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA have completed the JV merger of Penguin and Random House, to create … wait for it … Penguin Random House. The [...]

Penguin wants Author Solutions lawsuit dismissed

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Author Solutions, Penguin’s self-publishing imprint, has been a bit controversial for a while. Last year an anonymous poster claiming to be an AS employee had some pretty damning things to say about the company’s business practices. Last July, Penguin bought the self-publishing firm, shocking [...]

Penguin Launches New Program: First To Read. It's Got Issues

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 20, 2013 // 1 Comment

Like so many attempts by the publishing industry to engage readers, this one doesn’t quite get it. According to the press release, First to Read is:  …a new online book discovery initiative that closely mimics what NetGalley does for book reviewers and publishing professionals but for [...]

Weekend Roundup: Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday

By Dan Eldridge
June 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday (Business Insider) Apple is holding its biggest event of the year, WWDC, on June 10. It’s a developers conference, but Apple usually uses the first day to announce new products and other goodies in a big keynote presentation. So [...]

Weekend Roundup: Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way?

By Dan Eldridge
June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Apple shows spine in e-book trial (New York Post) Apple, as expected, came out swinging against the Justice Department in the first week of its e-book price-fixing trial — and may have even scored some points with the judge. — Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple’s way? [...]

Morning Roundup: Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry!

By Joanna Cabot
June 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

To See the Value of Social Media, Watch What Happened in Turkey When Local Media Failed (Paid Content) Social media and tools like Twitter have come under fire during real-time news events because critics say they spread misinformation — but in places like Istanbul they can be a lifeline when the [...]

Morning Roundup: Do publishers need a bigger boat?

By Joanna Cabot
June 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Do Publishers Need a Bigger Boat? (Futurebook) If HarperCollins does merge with Simon & Schuster will that be good news for writers? Or, for that matter, readers? — Penguin & Random House Merger to Complete in July (Good e-Reader) Penguin and Random House have cleared the last hurdle [...]

Weekend Roundup: BookExpo America '13 is a wrap

By Dan Eldridge
June 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

BookExpo America Report: TED Comes to Town (Vulture) There’s no better place than an industry convention for jargon verging on self-parody, and so it makes sense that Book Expo America, which wrapped yesterday at the Javits Center, was where I first heard the term “artisanal publishing.” [...]

Penguin Turns "The Pocket Scavenger" Into an Interactive Creativity App

By Dan Eldridge
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Until I opened an email this morning from a publicist at the Penguin Group (USA), who’d sent me a press release about the company’s newest so-called “creativity app,” The Pocket Scavenger, I was under the impression that I was at least somewhat tuned in to the world of [...]

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