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Amazon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year Abroad

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * A recent article in The Telegraph calls 2015 “the year Amazon delivered on its founder’s vision.” The reporter James Titcomb explains that in 2015 Amazon grew to double its share price, finally became profitable, and is now “almost untouchable as an online retailer” due to its streamlined delivery  service. While it’s been a good year in many respects, the company has also had its share of troubles – facing government investigations, employee […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/30-12/4

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The city that spends the most money on books, Washington DC, will soon only have independent bookstores. In the ebook price fixing case, Barnes & Noble, Authors Guild, Authors United, and the American Booksellers Association filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of Apple. […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/14-9/18

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. The second case against Author Solutions was dismissed, ending their two-year long lawsuits. Apple wants to take its price-fixing case to the Supreme Court. The EU announced plans to propose an amendment of the new VAT regulations to create exemptions for small businesses, including some that sell ebooks. The Man […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/20-7/24

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt signed agency deal with Amazon, Apple, and Google, stabilizing its ebook prices on most retail websites. Rizzoli Bookstore will open in its new New York City location on Monday. HarperCollins launched its Agency Portal, to make royalty statements, U.S. sales data and anti-piracy information easily […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/6-7/10

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Amazon is now removing customer reviews if its data mining shows that the customer has a personal relationship with the author. Apple is now being investigated in Canada for possibly conspiring to fix ebook prices. Nook stores outside of the US and UK will close on August 7th, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/29-7/3

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Apple lost the appeal for its ebook price fixing lawsuit. Scribd is adjusting its subscription catalog, in what the CEO is calling a “purge” of romance titles. It was discovered that Amazon’s new pay structure will pay self-published authors as little as $.006 per page read. In […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/11-5/15

Every week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know. Facebook began directly hosting articles from major news outlets this Wednesday. Barnes & Noble is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit from a transgender ex-employee. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Kobo have separately teamed up with airlines, airports, and cultural centers to offer free ebooks. The next version of […]

For What It’s Worth: Fixed Book Price in Foreign Book Markets

Earlier this year, France made publishing news headlines when its court ruled ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited illegal. The law cited was the Lang Law, which gives publishers the exclusive right to set the price of a book. Retailers are not allowed to discount more than 5 percent from this set price. You may be thinking, A measly 5 percent? Here in the United States, we’re used to seeing 50 percent or more slashed off our books. Price fixing in general is regarded as suspect and is, in fact, […]

A DRM Primer for a VAT World

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The ongoing and increasingly heated debate over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in digital publishing has recently received more press attention because of the EU ruling to charge VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks. For those in need of a reminder, Digital Rights Management refers to the protections  that are in place on many copyrighted digital products like video games, smartphone apps and ebooks that make illegal downloading more difficult. In […]

Our Ebooks, Ourselves: What’s Happening with Our Ereader Data?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and libraries alike. The program’s terms and conditions don’t mention anything about the extra data logging, and there was some outrage. Users were […]