Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:40
The EU’s Competition Commissioner has said he is “trying to understand” the stand-off between Amazon and Hachette in the US.
The online retailer and the publisher, which is owned by French company Lagardere, are currently in a dispute thought to be focused on the renegotiation of e-book terms. The stand-off has led...
Thu, 05/06/2014 - 09:40
Amazon has released a teaser trailer for a new product to be launched later this month, featuring people using and commenting on an unseen device.
The 50-second film has prompted speculation that the internet retailer is due to launch a new smartphone which features 3D or...
Tue, 03/06/2014 - 12:04
The French cultural product chain trade association has accused Amazon of acting in its own interests rather than those of its customers in its battle with Hachette over trade terms.
It is unusual for retailers to spring to the defence of a supplier, the Syndicat des Distributeurs de Loisirs Culturels said in a statement. But the...
Tue, 03/06/2014 - 10:00
Two years after the settlement of the antitrust lawsuit on e-book pricing, the US Justice Department has now gone back to Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins asking about any recent pricing discussions they may have had with others in the industry, the ...
Mon, 02/06/2014 - 10:00
Hachette US’s decision to go public on its dispute with Amazon is “brave, but only time will tell if it is wise”, according to UK industry figures.
The publisher and the online retailer are currently in a stand-off over terms, which has manifested itself in Amazon’s decision to remove pre-order buttons from a...
Mon, 02/06/2014 - 09:40
The future of Book Expo America is here and I have seen it. Glad I am, too.
In a publishing industry that has a propensity toward gloom and doom and at this moment is squaring off against what many view as an existential threat, the...
Fri, 30/05/2014 - 15:03
Leaders of the American Booksellers Association board urged their members to capitalise on the ongoing Hachette Book Group and Amazon US dispute by driving in-store sales of Hachette titles and educate their communities about the benefits of shopping at bricks and mortar bookshops.
Speaking at yesterday's (29th May) Book Expo...
Fri, 30/05/2014 - 10:00
“The French aristocracy never saw it coming, either.”
That sentence, plastered as part of an ad on a building above New York’s trendy High Line, was visible from the roof of the restaurant where HarperCollins held its BEA party Thursday (29th May) night. It had nothing directly to do with BEA or Harper or any book...
Thu, 29/05/2014 - 12:36
In two panels devoted to bookselling on BEA’s first day (Wednesday 28th May) - a keynote on the future of bricks and mortar, and another focused on mega-seller James Patterson’s campaign to help independent stores by giving them $1m in grants - the elephant in the room was Amazon, looming like the lowering grey sky over Javits...
Thu, 29/05/2014 - 09:50
Hachette Book Group in the US has weighed in again in the very public discussion of its terms battle with Amazon, saying it “is good to see Amazon acknowledge that its business decisions significantly affect authors’ lives”.
HBG's response came after the online retailer...