Sun, 19/12/2010 - 09:33
E-books accounted for 5% of Hachette's total sales in the fourth quarter of this year, the publisher's c.e.o. has said.
In a letter to authors dominated by digital issues, Tim Hely Hutchinson said e-books were now a "significant" part of Hachette's business. He said in the United States, e-book sales had been...
Wed, 10/11/2010 - 09:37
The agency model is a "stupendously ill-judged attempt to revive the ghost of the Net Book Agreement" and could lead to piracy, the agent of Meg Cabot and Duncan Bannatyne has said.
Annette Green, writing on the View from Here blog, said the publishing industry has fared no better than the music industry in reacting to digital...
Tue, 02/11/2010 - 08:35
Customers have reacted angrily on Amazon.co.uk to Hachette, Penguin and HarperCollins' switch of pricing onto the agency model, accusing the publishers of price fixing.
Publishers have been accused of "greediness" on...
Tue, 26/10/2010 - 09:00
More than three-quarters of people working in the book trade believe e-books should be priced at current street prices or less, according to early results of a FutureBook survey into digital thinking. The majority of respondents indicated that publishers are best placed to set this price, even though they don't believe the agency model has...
Tue, 21/09/2010 - 09:59
Hachette UK has said its switch to the agency model is a bid to create "a level playing field for large and small booksellers alike" and has said that switchover of clients will take place over a "short transition period".
The UK's biggest publisher's move led to...
Wed, 30/06/2010 - 08:13
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, has said that there has been "significant shift" away from publishers who operate on an agency model.
In an interview in Fortune, Bezos said that some publishers were continuing to be "very aggressive on prices, pricing their books well below $9.99", and...
Wed, 02/06/2010 - 09:05
US publishers have confirmed that they have been approached by the Texas attorney general's office over a possible inquiry into Apple's entrance into the e-books market. Both HarperCollins and Hachette US told the Wall Street Journal they had been contacted by Texas officials, but refused to give details.
Fri, 30/04/2010 - 06:58
Amazon.com has cut the price of "a number of new hardcover books" published by Penguin to $9.99 (£6.50), in what appears to be another dispute over e-book pricing, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Wed, 14/04/2010 - 14:31
Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by a month, citing “surprisingly strong US demand” as the reason.
The manufacturer claimed demand was “far higher than we predicted”, and that it would continue to exceed supply “over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad”....