Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:20
The latest Author Earnings report has concluded that “the indie movement in literature is not a blip and not a gold rush”.
The third quarterly report, which pulls data from Amazon.com's category bestseller lists, found that just 16% of titles on...
Thu, 12/06/2014 - 08:40
Crime author Val McDermid has directly appealed to the government and police for e-book pirates to be “brought down and closed down”.
Speaking at the International IP Enforcement Summit in London today (11th June), the bestselling Scottish writer called for more law enforcement on copyright infringers, but also more...
Thu, 29/05/2014 - 09:00
Macmillan US' SFF site Tor.com has launched a new “author-centric digital imprint”, which it has described as “an opportunity to re-evaluate every step of the publishing process”.
The new imprint, which will be for novellas, shorter novels and serialisations which exceed the traditional novelette length,...
Thu, 27/03/2014 - 13:30
Verso Books is launching a new consumer offer, bundling DRM-free e-books with all print purchases made through its website.
The radical publisher will offer a free e-book version "for all new ttiles and hundreds of recent ones" with every hard copy purchased, with free postage worldwide. The watermarked e-books will be saved...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 08:50
Author Hugh Howey has launched a genre e-book sales analysis venture, Author Earnings.
The project’s stated goal is “to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions”, with Howey calling for “better pay and fairer terms in all contracts....
Fri, 17/01/2014 - 11:47
The Japanese government is to end a loophole that allows digital content, such as e-books, to be downloaded from abroad to avoid tax.
Designed to plug the loss of ¥24.7bn worth of tax revenues on e-books alone and protect local publishers who pay the 5% consumption tax (due to rise to 10% by 2015), the new law is aimed at foreign...
Mon, 12/08/2013 - 15:35
I am one of the first to argue that the existence of DRM is damaging to the relationship between readers and authors, and more particularly between readers and publishers.
I believe that DRM protects large corporates from innocent consumers and that there...
Fri, 17/05/2013 - 09:51
Booksellers from across Europe have urged European Commission representatives to act over the use of closed e-book systems by major market players such as Apple and Amazon.
At the European and International Booksellers Federation conference in Brussels yesterday (16th May), industry members from different countries urged the...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 13:00
There is no convincing technological reason preventing e-book interoperability between different formats and platforms, giving customers a free choice to shop in different e-book stores, a report from the European and International Booksellers Federation has said. But the Federation said open e-book platforms did not suit the business models...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 05:00
New kid on the block Inside the Dog Press is taking a “punk rock” attitude to publishing, with digital rights management-free e-book titles as well as artwork-inspired physical books.
Founder Crispin Somerville’s background in music merchandising and management has led him to make all Inside the Dog’s e-books...