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Krugman Takes On Amazon

You probably don't need us to tell you about Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman's latest piece: "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America." Indirectly answering his NYT colleague Joe Nocera, who wrote, "Amazon plays rough,…

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Appeals Court Sends Georgia State eReserves Case Back to District Court

The complicated Georgia State University court case exploring the extent to which educational fair use applies to digital excerpts continues, with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning portions of Judge Orinda Evans's 350-page ruling from 2012 and remanding the case back to Judge Evans. Finding that "the District Court's…

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Amazon: NYT Public Editor Calls For More Balanced Coverage; Supreme Court to Hear Amazon Workers Lawsuit

On Sunday New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan took issue with the paper's coverage of Amazon and Hachette's ongoing terms dispute, opining that the paper (and primarily its Amazon beat reporter, David Streitfeld) "has given a lot of ink to one side" and painted Amazon as "a literature-killing bully." Addressing…

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Corporate: PRH Finalizes Objetiva Purchase; Amazon's WriteOn Beta; Authors Guild Met with DOJ; Core Source Adds Print Metadata

On October 1, Penguin Random House completed their acquisition of Brazilian trade publisher Objetiva, the final piece in their acquisition of the Santillana trade publishing business (the rest of which closed on July 1). As previously announced, CEO of Companhia das Letras Luiz Schwarcz will also oversee Objetiva, and Roberto Feith continues as general…

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Ellora's Cave Sues "Dear Author" and Its Creator, Alleging Defamation

On Friday, Ellora's Cave and Jasmine Jade Enterprises filed suit in an Ohio state court against the Dear Author blog and its author Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe (writing as Jane Litte), alleging that a September article about the publisher "made false and defamatory statements concerning the companies' financial stability and practices, insinuating…

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Julia Cheiffetz will return to HarperCollins as executive editor for Dey Street Books, starting October 6. She had been editorial director at Amazon Publishing until recently, prior to which she worked at Harper and Harper Studio. Another longtime Amazon executive announced plans to leave the company. Bill Carr, 47, has…

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UK Publishers Association Asks Government to Investigate Unnamed eBookselling Monopoly

UK trade group the Publishers Association issued "an eight point plan for growth" in book and journal publishing with recommendations for the government. The one drawing the most attention is a very polite, British request to consider whether having one company dominate ebookselling and online bookselling is a good idea.…

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European Court Approves Lower Taxes for eBooks; Management Buyout At Book People

Long after Luxembourg and France decided for themselves, the European Court has ruled that it really is ok for individual countries to charge lower Value Added Tax rates on ebooks. Reduced VAT was always allowed on printed books, but the statute never mentioned ebooks -- which most countries took to mean…

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Slaughter Squares Off with IRS Over Self-Employment Tax On Royalties

Last week Forbes uncovered two previously unreported lawsuits in US tax court which saw thriller writer Karin Slaughter square off against the Internal Revenue Service. While the suits themselves are interesting on their own, they are particularly relevant for authors with respect to the classification of book royalties as self-employment…

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Coincidentally, Amazon's Apple Settlement Notifications Immediately Follow Apple's Event

Isn't it an amazing coincidence that just as Apple is receiving massive media coverage for their introduction of new iPhones, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Amazon has dispatched the latest round of consumer notification emails to ebook purchasers about the pending settlement with Apple? Of course consumer notification is "directed"…

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