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Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service
August 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

When Scribd culled its romance catalog a couple months back, I predicted that the ever-popular SF&F category would be the next to go under the knife. I was wrong. Scribd quietly announced on its blog late Friday night that it is imposing a quota on audiobooks. Starting 20 September, subscribers will be limited to listening to…

Authors United Pulls the Trigger, Requests DoJ Investigate Amazon
August 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Authors United has finally followed through on the promise they made last fall. The WSJ reported yesterday that AU has formally requested that the US Dept of Justice investigate Amazon for antitrust violations: A group of prominent authors says Amazon.com Inc. has “unprecedented power” over the book publishing market and wants the U.S. Department of Justice…

HarperCollins India CEO Stepping Down
August 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

P.M. Sukumar, CEO of HarperCollins India, has decided to leave the company to pursue other Interests. HC announced his departuP.re Wednesday afternoon, adding that a replacement for him will be named in the coming weeks. Sukumar joined HarperCollins India in 2005 while it was part of a joint venture with Living Media India and oversaw…

The State of U.S. Illustrated Book Publishing
August 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

How much more likely are you to pick a book off a shelf or table if it is beautiful? If the cover appeals to you? Or better yet, if the whole physical package grabs your attention? The jacket may feature a spot gloss title on a matte finish or have no jacket or even a…

HarperCollins to Close Authonomy
August 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

HarperCollins is to close its Authonomy online community for aspiring writers, which has been live since 2008. The site has worked by inviting users to submit manuscripts online, with submissions ranked by users and the best-ranked considered for publication by HarperCollins. Authors found by HarperCollins through the Authonomy community include Miranda Dickinson, Steven Dunne and…

Publishing Industry's 'Super Thursday' to See More Than 500 Books Published
August 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm

The nature of that rectangular parcel under the Christmas tree can now be predicted: it could well be a new cook book by Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, just like last year. Or it might not even be a cook book: it could be a television star’s memoir – Sue Perkins, co-presenter of…

HarperCollins Reports Growth for 2015, Thanks to Harlequin Acquisition
August 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

News Corp closed out a strong year, according to its latest financial report, and it credits some of that success to growth at HarperCollins. But a deeper look at the numbers, courtesy of The Bookseller’s Lisa Campbell and The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder, reveal that without the acquisition of Harlequin, the Big Five publisher’s revenue…

The State of a Genre Title, 2015
August 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Eighteen months ago, as Redshirts moved from its hardcover era into trade paperback, I did an examination of its sales to the point, across all its formats, and chatted about what its sales meant, or didn’t mean, and what we could learn from the numbers. Last week, Lock In, my most recent novel (until tomorrow),…

Why That Ebook May Cost More Than The Hardcover
August 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Mike Shatzkin’s column of August 5 may be the one in which we someday remember hearing a new sermon, the beginning of the endgame. But Shatzkin is not delivering a benediction yet: This is not a death-knell for anybody. This is a changing world for everybody. His essay is The publishing world is changing, but there…

Ebook Sales Are Down, But Are We Surprised?
August 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I’ve admitted before on this blog that I’m not a big ebook reader. Despite being branded as a tech-savvy, social-media-rampant millennial, I still prefer print reads. But I’m not a “I love the smell of old books,” person or the “I enjoy holding something tangible in my hands” type. When it comes down to it,…