The publishing industry was surprised this week to learn that Amazon.com and Simon and Schuster have inked a multi-year retail agreement that includes the sale of ebooks. Amazon and Hachette have been locked in negotiations for months and have been unable to reach a deal regarding how ebooks are priced.
Read more... October 22, 2014
HarperCollins has been making some interesting moves lately. First it acquired Harlequin. Now it has announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany. The new operation will expand Harlequin's existing operation in Hamberg, Germany.
Read more... October 13, 2014
French author Patrick Modiano is the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Modiano, who is 69, is the 11th Frenchman to win the prestigious prize. The shortlisted authors for the prize included Haruki Murakami, Svetlana Aleksijevitj and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.
Read more... October 9, 2014
HarperCollins Publishers is reaching out to authors with the launch of a new ecommerce program. Authors who sell books using the new platform will earn an additional 10% net royalty above what is in their HarperCollins contracts.
Read more... October 6, 2014
Anthony Horowitz, author of the bestselling Alex Ride spy series, has just signed on to write a new James Bond novel. The Ian Fleming estate invited Horowitz to pen the new book which will be set in the 1950s.
Read more... October 4, 2014
Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is being sued by Saul Hillel Benjamin, the former headmaster of The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina, the non-denominational, Christian school Sparks and his wife founded in 2006.
Read more... October 3, 2014
Tough times in the news business continue. The New York Times announced that it is downsizing. Approximately 100 newsroom jobs, as well as positions from the editorial and business operations divisions will be eliminated. Staffers affected will be offered buyouts. If enough people don't take the buyouts, the layoffs will begin.
Read more... October 1, 2014