Simon & Schuster

Shunning self-published books? Your loss

By David Rothman
August 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

One of my favorite reads this year isn’t from S&S or Penguin Random House. It’s from an obscure  self-published writer named Michael Spindler—author of Gatsby: My Story, which I reviewed here on TeleRead and elsewhere. Examples like this come to mind when I run across [...]

Simon & Schuster, Brian Grazer announce ebook giveaway for libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association has just shared the news from Simon & Schuster “that it will donate a free ebook copy of Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life to libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies,” [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

Simon & Schuster makes Buy It Now optional

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Simon & Schuster has been a conspicuous early mover in ebook lending programs through U.S. library networks. However, it also has tried to lever the initiative by insisting on a “Buy It Now” button for borrowed ebooks, to drive borrowers to actually buy the books they have virtually taken [...]

Simon & Schuster reportedly reaches agency deal with Amazon

By Chris Meadows
October 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

The interesting times we live in might just have gotten a little more interesting. Right as Hachette is in the middle of a protracted contact negotiation dispute with Hachette comes a rumor, via Publishers Weekly, that its fellow Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster has just finalized a contract [...]

Morning Links: Review of new $79 Kindle. S&S to dip toe into DRM-free waters

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Review: $79 Kindle (2014) (The Digital Reader) The Kindle (2014) features a somewhat faster processor, touchscreen, and additional storage, but no frontlight or high resolution screen. It’s running basically the same software as the Kindle Paperwhite was running last month, which means that the [...]

Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a news item that made it all the way to the top slot on Publishing Talk Daily, Simon & Schuster has just demonstrated how totally well it gets this social media stuff by announcing an exclusive book publisher partnership with Milq. That’s right: Milq. Yes, you heard it: Milq. In case [...]

Simon & Schuster results show good performance as Amazon talks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

CBS Corporation, parent company of Simon & Schuster, has just released its second quarter 2014 financial results, with performance numbers for the publishing group that is reportedly in talks with Amazon. “Publishing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $211 million from [...]

Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster’s decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for [...]

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan [...]

Department of Justice files brief in Apple antitrust appeal, argues for upholding Judge Cote’s verdict

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 3 Comments

Publishers Weekly’s Andrew Albanese has a rundown of the latest developments in the Apple anti-trust affair. The Department of Justice has filed its brief in favor of the appeals court upholding Judge Cote’s guilty verdict. (GigaOm has some additional commentary and a Scribd link to the filing [...]

Simon & Schuster to distribute books to Scribd and Oyster

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

One of the biggest complaints of subscription eBooks services is the lack of content. For many that means lack of content from the big publishers. Both Scribd and Oyster have done a good job of pulling in indie published books with their partnerships with Smashwords and others, but until now Harper [...]

Amazon vs. Hachette: Theories and opinions

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 5 Comments

So, Amazon vs. Hachette. There’s a thing. One multibillion dollar company versus another in a contract negotiation, Amazon delaying availability of Hachette books, authors getting caught in the middle, and we’re supposed to root for the publisher because Amazon is, of course, evil. Right. [...]

Ernest Hemingway’s work really going digital for the first time?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

A just ever so slightly surprising headline has appeared in The Bookseller, bible of the UK book trade. “Hemingway’s work goes digital for the first time,” it claims. And for one anxiety-inducing moment, I rushed to Amazon to check if it was true. After all, my old Microsoft [...]

Publishing CEOs focus on challenges at the Digital Book World Conference

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

NEW YORK – While traditional publishers look for ways to compete in the digital marketplace, one of the biggest problems they face still has to do with physical stores. Traditional publishers are losing out on shelf space with the loss of Borders or smaller outlets getting rid of books, making it [...]

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