Looks like Apple is doing whatever it can to flee from Judge Cote. Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that Apple has filed a motion to split the state and class-action agency pricing lawsuits away from the Department of Justice trial and move them to districts in northern California and west Texas, respectively. It argues [...]
In a court filing, Apple says that any belief that the company views the Kindle as a "threat" is just plain wrong. And it shouldn't be looped into an e-book price-fixing case. Apple is fighting back against allegations that it has been involved in e-book price fixing to counter Amazon's dominance in that space. In a court filing obtained by PaidContent yesterday, is nonsense. Here's what Apple had to say in the court filing: "Nor does this 'Kindle theory' make sense on its own terms. For example, if Amazon was a 'threat' that needed to be squelched by means
It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year for publishers and the agency model. With multiple class action lawsuits filed this summer against publishers over the 2010 switch to the agency model (some also including Amazon and Barnes & Noble), the matter has been referred to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel) to coordinate and consolidate the cases, either in New York or Northern California. According to Barnes & Noble's quartlerly filing with the SEC, the MDL Panel met on December 1, 2011, and the deadline for filing motions to dismiss
From Publishing Perspectives comes an article by Mark Coker: Approximately 90 Scandinavian publishing executives gathered earlier this month in Copenhagen at the historic Carlsberg brewery for the annual invitation-only Scandinavian Publishing Executive Meeting. Schilling, a strategic consultancy for Scandinavian publishers, organizes this annual confab. For the first time, Schilling held the conference entirely in English. Also [...]
Whether it says more about recent positive trends or just how awful 2009 was, one thing every printer seems to agree on is that things are looking up in book manufacturing. This, at least, is the consensus among executives interviewed by Book Business as part of its annual assessment of the state of book manufacturing, which includes our list of top North American book printers ranked by book revenue.
From its inception, BookTech West has been designed for attendees by industry experts, editors and inventive coordinators. This year, Conference Coordinator Rebecca Churilla invites participants to e-mail questions to her prior to the show to be included in "On the Cutting Edge" sessions listed below. According to Churilla, "BookTech West is founded on the ideal that one-to-one communication is a good business practice. That's why I'm inviting curious professionals to send their questions to me even before the show begins." Churilla explains that by opening up dialogue before the show begins, she'll compile and present the inquiries to each speaker to consider. "If the