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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, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/13-4/17

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. HarperCollins and Amazon reached an agreement. Nielsen announced a new partnership with OpenBook, a book tracking service in China. 3M Cloud Library’s digital lending services are expanding into the UK and Australia. The ALA released 2014’s most challenged and/or banned books in the United States. London publisher Faber has […]

Books Abroad: Australian Publishing and Book Business in Melbourne


  We inaugurate “Books Abroad”, our international version of “Not New York”, with a post from Kate McKenzie on her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. Just as we want to widen horizons and make connections beyond “NYCentric” book business in the US, we also want to explore other publishing hubs around the world. Shannon will continue her explorations, and we’ll also welcome profiles from other guest contributors. Like any travelers, we’re on the hunt for communities small and large, landmarks and little-known treasures. All aboard for Books Abroad! **** I’ve lived in […]

Libraries and Ebooks: An Australian Perspective

  This is the first post by our new blogger, Kate McKenzie, based on research she’s done for her Masters in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. While there are differences between Australian and North American library systems and ebook policies, we’re excited to welcome Kate’s account of things in her hometown to help widen our picture of the way people are borrowing and reading around the world. **** Random House, one of the world’s biggest publishing houses, recently said that libraries do, in fact, ‘own’ their Random […]