HarperCollins Christian Publishing (established when HarperCollins, longtime parent company of Zondervan, acquired competitor Thomas Nelson in 2012) is moving more strongly into the library market. Earlier this year, the company appointed Tracy Danz, a Zondervan veteran and former publisher of general trade nonfiction, to the newly created position of director, library sales and marketing. “We’re putting a focus on libraries we didn’t have before,” Danz told LJ.
Traditional publishers may be johnny-come-lately to publishing digital-only and digital-first, but their efforts bring the weight of deep editorial and marketing experience to the digital-only equation. This spring saw a new push by HarperCollins to enhance its digital-first lines with the launch of Witness Impulse, a digital mystery, suspense, and thriller line that will release its initial ten titles in October under the William Morrow Impulse imprint; the publisher said it is the first of its kind (mystery) from a major U.S. publisher.
Macmillan on Friday became the last of five major publishers to settle a lawsuit over the pricing of ebooks originally filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 15 states in April 2012. In an email addressed to “Authors, Illustrators and Agents” Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote that he believed the company had done nothing wrong and could still win the case, but the risk of losing the legal battle had become too high.
The stultifying confusion over library ebook lending would benefit from a more empirical approach, and I would like to propose that for at least the short term HarperCollins’s 26-loan cap model, while far from perfect, should receive more careful analysis.
Pending the approval of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, $69 million will be awarded to consumers who purchased agency-priced ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012, as part of a proposed settlement of a state antitrust suit filed against HarperCollins, Hachette SA, and Simon & Schuster. Led by the Attorneys General of Connecticut and Texas, 49 states (excluding Minnesota) and 5 U.S. territories had accused the publishers of conspiring to fix ebook prices.
U.S. District Court judge Denise Cote denied a motion by Apple, Penguin, and Macmillian to dismiss a civil class action suit that alleges Apple and the major publishers colluded to set ebook prices. The-56 page court document explains the standard of proof Judge Cote applied, saying that the court “may not properly dismiss a complaint […]
The latest change in the library ebook marketplace, Random House’s steep rise in its ebook prices—initially said to be as much as 300 percent on some trade titles—may be even more devastating than the 26-loan cap imposed by HarperCollins last year on ebook circulation.
The Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation of Apple and five major publishers could reach a conclusion as early as this week, according to Bloomberg. The department is looking into whether the publishers and Apple violated antitrust laws when they decided to adopt the “agency model” of ebook pricing. Apple, Penguin and Macmillan are prepared to […]