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A regular Friday feature of CCC’s podcast series, “The Publishing Week Ahead With Publishers Weekly” previews the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday. CCC’s Chris Kenneally checks in with Andrew Albanese, PW’s Features Editor, as well as a range of PW writers, experts and editors.

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Amazon A Busy Negotiator

When Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, the owners of Simon & Schuster, let slip that the Big 5 house was in pricing talks with Amazon, the media world did its best to react with shock. Any expression of surprise, however, could only have been for appearance’s sake. As close observers of the […]

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Amazon To Authors – Take The Whole Enchilada

The offer sounded almost too good to be true, but the reports on Tuesday were from reliable sources. Caught in a publicity fire-fight with Hachette Book Group authors and publishers, Amazon appealed to one of the parties for peace. The online shopping giant had proposed – perhaps more accurately, it had dared –to give Hachette authors 100% […]

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Hachette Buys Perseus Books

That faint odor in the air for the book business is the scent of consolidation. This week, the wind of change blew in for Perseus Books Group, and then it blew out as Hachette Livre. In recent weeks, Hachette has appeared regularly in trade news headlines, mostly for its spat with Amazon. But on Tuesday, the owner of Little, Brown, […]

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Apple Settles In E-Book Price-fixing Case

News in the Apple e-book price-fixing case this week was made outside Judge Denise Cote’s courthouse. On Tuesday, plaintiffs from several states, as well as the consumer class, announced a proposed settlement with the Cupertino, California computer maker. This latest move is hardly the last in the long-running litigation, though it indicates Apple may think its legal options […]

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The Future of Reading

Looking ahead to the American Libraries Association annual conference in Las Vegas later this month, Andrew Albanese takes stock of efforts by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group to influence the future direction of reading. “Formed three years ago when the library e-book market was in disarray, the group has done yeoman’s work in communicating with publishers, and even yielding […]

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Amazon? Hachette? Whose Side Are You On?

At BookExpo America last week, the buzz at the show wasn’t about any new titles, or even any new apps, but about the bare-knuckle brawl between Amazon and Hachette over e-book pricing. The debate raises sharp, difficult questions about what lies ahead for publishers and authors. Is Amazon really fighting for their customers’ sake, or is the […]

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BookExpo’s Magic Word

BookExpo America is the nation’s largest exposition devoted to the publishing business. As the weather in New York City clears and warms, it’s all the better to see the changes brought by the digital revolution. Above all, the buzz at BEA is a story at the heart of the industry’s transformation from print and page to […]

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Hoopla And More at BookExpo

Next week, May 28-31, BookExpo America lands at the Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. The nation’s largest trade show for the book business, BEA is a powerful magnet not only for authors and publishers, but also for librarians who love books – it’s practically a job requirement. The profusion of titles on display at BEA means […]

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Hachette to Amazon: Let’s Rumble

In one corner, Amazon, the heavyweight online retailer; in the other corner, Hachette Book Group, parent of numerous leading imprints including Little, Brown and Company and Grand Central Publishing. In the early rounds of the bout, both sides have taken bruising hits. As the latest to cry foul over Amazon’s strong arm business tactics, however, […]

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Harlequin Is Swept Away

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For HarperCollins, who announced the purchase this week of romance publisher Harlequin, the ways certainly add up. In the digital age, though, does $415 million buy HarperCollins publishing happiness? “Most book publishing imprints operate as business-facing companies. Consumers generally don’t develop loyalty to imprints, with a […]

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