Thu, 07/08/2014 - 10:10
Authors United is to run a full-page advertisement in the New York Times this weekend with an open letter signed by authors asking Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette Book Group (HBG)....
Wed, 06/08/2014 - 10:00
Jojo Moyes becomes the latest author - after Karin Slaughter, Helen Fielding, John Grisham and James Patterson - to stall at number two on the UK Top 50 behind John Green's The Fault in our Stars (Penguin), which continues to dominate at the top for an eighth week. The mass market paperback release of Moyes' The One Plus...
Mon, 04/08/2014 - 10:00
James Patterson has lent his support to the Books Are My Bag campaign, with a new bag for schoolchildren featuring Rafe, the character from Patterson's Middle School series.
The children’s BAMB bag will be available from independent bookshops at the end of August when children go back to school.
The limited edition...
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:50
Books “should not be treated as if they’re boxes of cereal occupying grocery store shelves”, Douglas Preston, the man behind the Authors United campaign, has said.
Speaking to Porter Anderson for The Bookseller’s...
Tue, 29/07/2014 - 09:50
The Booksellers Association has seen an “amazing response” to James Patterson’s pledge to give away £250,000 in grants to indie bookshops so far.
The American author first pledged to give away the sum to...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 10:00
The war of words between Amazon and Hachette US escalated overnight, after Amazon offered authors caught up in the terms dispute with Hachette 100% of royalties on all e-book sales while the impasse goes on.
Hachette US immediately rejected the offer, calling on Amazon to "withdraw the sanctions they have...
Thu, 03/07/2014 - 10:23
An open letter signed by a number of bestselling writers has called on "Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers". The letter, instigated by US writer Douglas Preston, also calls on "loyal readers" to email Amazon...
Wed, 02/07/2014 - 10:00
The Department of Justice is not the only regulatory game in town: publishers and others convinced of Amazon’s predatory behaviour and the DoJ’s wrong-headedness would do well to look to the Federal Trade Commission in Washington and to each of the 50 states’ individual anti-trust enforcement mechanisms for recourse to...
Thu, 26/06/2014 - 08:30
American author James Patterson has pledged to donate £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.
The author’s gift comes two days before the start of Independent Bookseller’s Week (28th June-5th July) and follows his...
Wed, 25/06/2014 - 09:45
Authors, agents and publishers will take to the stage to discuss Amazon's place in free-market capitalism, its ongoing dispute with Hachette and the future of the publishing industry on Tuesday 1st July in the US.
The event, taking place at the New York Public Library, will see author James Patterson and Grove Atlantic publisher...