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Mountaineer sets up his own digital publisher after refusing to accept 25% offer from Random House Mountaineer Joe Simpson, author of a bestselling memoir about his miraculous survival in the Peruvian Andes, Touching the Void, has dumped his “bullying” publisher Random House after failing to reach agreement with them over over ebook royalties. Simpson said…

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  • January 10, 2013
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Physical book sales fell £74m last year, but contraction of the market slowed despite the recession and rise of ebooks Alison Flood Print book sales fell by almost £74m last year, reaching a nine-year low – although the decline slowed compared to 2011, according to figures published yesterday. Total sales of printed books fell to…

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  • January 10, 2013
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‘We will break even on this if we can sell about 2,000,” says publisher Christopher Foulkes. When Apple launched its iBooks Author software in January 2012, the emphasis was firmly on digital textbooks, with some talk about self-publishing potential for authors. 315 year-old wine merchants weren’t mentioned much. Well, at all. Yet fast forward to…

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  • December 15, 2012
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Apple and four major publishers vow to restore fair competition to European ebook market, handing pricing power to retailers Readers should prepare for plunging ebook prices after the European Commission yesterday accepted commitments from Apple and four major publishers to stop restricting the sale of cheap ebooks. The commission has been investigating the publishers Hachette…

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  • November 1, 2012
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Online references to his book lead Peter Mountford to baffled Russian reader – at work on illegal ebook version It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about…

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  • October 27, 2012
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Talks between publishers’ owners Pearson and Bertelsmann may conclude quickly, say insiders, as Pearson shares rise 0.7% Talks over a merger of book publishers Penguin and Random House could be concluded within a fortnight, insiders have indicated. Penguin owner Pearson and Bertelsmann, the German parent company of the US publisher Random House confirmed the talks…

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  • October 23, 2012
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Experiment offering a selection of novels and comics by writers including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow is a runaway success An experiment from major authors including Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow, which allows readers to pay the price of their choice for a collection of ebooks, has shattered all expectations, racking up sales of more…

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  • September 28, 2012
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Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have ‘serious implications’ for the book trade Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced a government review of ebook lending – a thorny issue that publishers believe could have “serious implications” for the book trade. To be led by…

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  • September 27, 2012
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With her new book, The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling is not going to repeat her Harry Potter mistake and keep the electronic version sequestered away for years. But as far as many e-book fans are concerned, it might as well. The book, publisher-priced by Hachette at $35 and available in hardcover from Amazon for $20.90,…

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  • September 20, 2012
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Entertainment moguls Scott Rudin (a film and theater producer) and Barry Diller (chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp, former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Fox, etc., pictured at right) are getting together with publishing executive Francis Cody to form a new electronic and eventually paper book publisher called Brightline. The publisher will work in partnership with existing Brooklyn e-publisher…