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...
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 ...
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...
Fri, 23/05/2014 - 10:10
Amazon appears to have stepped up the pressure in its battle over terms with Hachette Book Group in the US, removing the pre-order button on a number of forthcoming titles including the new Robert Galbraith novel.
Instead of the option to pre-order, certain major titles are listed as “currently unavailable”, with customers...
Thu, 22/05/2014 - 09:25
Goodreads has launched an Ask the Author feature, with writers including Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini and James Patterson signed up to take part.
Members of Goodreads will be able to submit questions directly to any of the 54 authors taking part in the launch.
Users will be notified if their question is answered, and the...