Legal

S&S's Reidy Tells Staff to 'Resist Censorship' After 'Tumultuous' 2016
December 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Simon & Schuster's president and c.e.o. Carolyn Reidy has urged colleagues to "resist censorship" in an email to staff in which she summed up 2016 as a "tumultuous year" politically and culturally. Reidy said it was S&S' "responsibility" both to "resist censorship" and "to stand unequivocally for freedom of speech" — "no matter how difficult…

California Booksellers See a Threat in New Law
December 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

The private act of reading is about to get a lot more public in California. A new law going into effect next month mandates that anyone selling a signed book for more than $5 must vouch for the autograph’s authenticity. That includes, among other things, identifying the previous owner. “If you visit my bookstore to…

Press Release: AAP Supports The Freedom of Speech for Bad Little Children's Books
December 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

WASHINGTON — December 5, 2016 — Earlier this fall, Abrams published a book of adult humor satirizing the rather saccharine covers of the Little Golden Books that many of us grew up with. Edgy and politically incorrect, the book, Bad Little Children’s Books, is definitely not intended for children. It is described by the publisher…

Iowa Considering Ebook Sales Tax
December 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Iowa is the latest state considering the introduction of a sales tax on digital products such as e-books and software. Today, state legislators and Iowa Department of Revenue officials met to discuss the proposal, which would result in a tax on digital products sold by companies with a nexus, or significant physical presence, in the…

UAE Launches New Law to 'Make Reading a Daily Habit'
November 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

They will have to focus on work-related reading rather relaxing with the latest thriller from James Patterson, but government employees in the United Arab Emirates are to be given “dedicated time to read” during work hours following a new law intended to “make reading a daily habit”. Described as the first of its kind, the…

In This Case, Publishers Should Root for the OER Guys
October 11, 2016 at 9:36 am

When an organization that has created open educational resources (OER), informally known as “free stuff,” and sues FedEx, how much should publishers care about the outcome? The answer: a lot. In case you hadn’t heard, a non-profit curriculum provider called Great Minds has filed a federal lawsuit against FedEx. Here’s the background. Great Minds is…

It's a Small World After All: How Book Publishers & Authors Can Protect Their Rights Abroad
August 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Marshall McLuhan, the famous social scientist, told us more than 50 years ago that newer and more powerful means of communication have turned the world into a "global village," something that brings people together at one level, but at another level, complicates social relationships. A bigger, worldwide, audience increases the number of people who might…

International Publishing and the UK’s Vote for Brexit
June 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

“We know we have shot ourselves in both feet. And a lot of us didn’t want to. And we’re rather scared.” That’s what one member of the London publishing industry has said to me this morning, on waking to find that the Leave camp has been successful in the UK referendum about whether to stay…

Russian Educational Publishers Petition Anti-Monopoly Service
June 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has been asked to consider a petition from leading publishers alarmed by what they believe is the unfair market share of Prosveshenye, a leading producer in Russian educational material. As written up by Eugene Vorotnikov at The Bookseller, the petition has followed “a recently-issued recommendation from the Moscow city government’s education department…