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Feud Between Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster Is Finally Over
August 21, 2013

Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster have finally reached an agreement after months of squabbling over book pricing and other matters, reports to Publishers Weekly, noting that "the issue was causing a noticeable cutback in the number of [Simon & Schuster] titles the bookseller had on its shelves." Publishers Weekly first reported in January that Barnes & Noble has reduced its order of Simon & Schuster titles over "perceived lack of support" from the publishing company. In March, a senior executive familiar with the negotiations

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk
August 16, 2013

We design to elicit responses. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs.

To Stay Afloat, Bookstores Turn to Web Donors
August 12, 2013

For years, independent bookstores have taken creative steps to fight off challenges from Amazon and the superstores by building in-house espresso bars, hosting members-only lunches with authors and selling birthday cards, toys and trinkets. In 2013, it has come to this: Asking their customers for donations. Crowdfunding is sweeping through the bookstore business, the latest tactic for survival in a market that is dominated by Amazon, with its rock-bottom prices, and Barnes & Noble, with its dizzying in-store selection. It's hardly a sustainable business model; but it buys some time,

10,000 Publishing People at Work: South Korea’s Paju Bookcity
July 30, 2013

PAJU, SOUTH KOREA: Publishing isn't like this in the west. Imagine a town where every single building is related to the books business; where every single person you pass in the street is in the same line of work; where signs on the sidewalk say things like "Bookcafe Beautiful Peoples;" and where the publishers even pay for branded buses to bring their staff to work. Welcome to South Korea's Paju Bookcity.

Unanimous Entertainment to produce adaptation of Women’s Prize for Fiction (formally The Orange prize) winner MAY WE BE FORGIVEN by A.M. Homes.
July 19, 2013

Chris Coen’s Unanimous Entertainment has secured the rights to MAY WE BE FORGIVEN by A.M. Homes.  Originally published to widespread acclaim by Viking in the U.S. and Granta Books in England this past October, the book recently won the high-profile Women’s Prize for Fiction inLondon. Rights to the novel have been sold in eleven other countries to date.

Inkling Inks New Publisher Deals, $16M Funding
July 17, 2013

Interactive e-book publishing platform Inkling announced on Wednesday new, multiyear contracts with two major textbook and medical publishers, deals that will expand the number of titles it offers.

The San Francisco-based company, which makes tools for publishers to create and distribute books for tablets, smartphones, and the Web, is now working with publishers Pearson and Elsevier; The two plan to use Inkling's technology to produce digital versions of their books.

Amazon's Monopoly is not Predatory
July 12, 2013

As I survey the responses to and discussions of the recent decision in the Apple e-book antitrust trial, I’m disheartened by how many people seem to be buying into the publishers’ and Apple’s narrative of Amazon as the evil predatory-pricing monopolist. You see it in comments and articles here and there, that take for granted Amazon has been selling all its e-books at a loss, not just a small handful.

Even Adam Engst of TidBITS has been taken in:
Initially the U.S. Department of Justice filed this lawsuit against

Hachette Book Group Purchases Adult Imprint Hyperion, Backlist and Titles for Future Publication
June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013 — Disney and Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced today Hachette’s agreement to purchase Disney’s adult trade publishing imprint, Hyperion. When the acquisition is completed, HBG will become the publisher of more than 1,000 books published by the Hyperion adult trade book division since its inception in 1991, as well as approximately 25 books scheduled for future publication. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher and licensor of children’s books, will retain all of its Disney and Disney-Hyperion branded children’s and young adult book titles, and will publish franchise-based titles from Disney/ABC Television Group upon completion of the transaction.

Random House UK Chief Defends Commitment to Indie Booksellers
June 14, 2013

A debate over how much publishers care about independent booksellers broke out during yesterday's Bookseller Association's annual general meeting (13th June)

Random House chief executive Gail Rebuck attended the conference to present the forthcoming trade promotion for independent bookshops, Books Are My Bag, designed by Maurice Saatchi, receiving a warm reception from an audience of around 100 BA members.