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Will Atkinson will join Atlantic Books as managing director and publisher on October 1. Previously he was sales and marketing director at Faber, where he spent the past 20 years. Atlantic chairman Peter Roche said in the announcement "At Faber, [Atkinson] has demonstrated an unrelenting enthusiasm for independent publishing tempered…

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Judge Cote Gives Preliminary Approval To Apple Settlement With States & Consumers

Despite reservations expressed earlier in a teleconference, Judge Cote gave preliminary approval to Apple's settlement with the states and consumer class, which would see the company pay anywhere from $450 million if Apple's appeal is denied to nothing if the appeal is completely reversed. The judge did find it "most troubling" that…

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People, PEN Awards, Etc.

Marcie Lawrence has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as designer. She is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program, and was previously at Wenner Media. In addition, Maggie Edkins has been promoted to assistant designer. Susan Peterson has joined CodeManta as svp, sales.…

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Judge Cote Unconvinced By Aspects of Apple Settlement Proposal

In a teleconference call with lawyers for Apple, the plaintiff states, and the consumer class, Judge Denise Cote "expressed concern" with the proposed settlement before her that would see Apple pay anywhere from nothing (if they win their appeal of Cote's July 2013 ruling in favor of the Department of Justice)…

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Jesse Ventura Defamation Trial Highlights Editorial & Marketing of AMERICAN SNIPER

Last Friday both sides in the defamation trial brought by former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura against the estate of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL and author of AMERICAN SNIPER. At issue was an account in the book headlined "Punching Out Scruff Face" that described -- though not by name --…

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Apple to Pay As Much As $450 Million In eBook Settlement

As expected, on Wednesday the full details of the proposed settlement agreement in Apple's ebook pricing litigation were filed with Judge Denise Cote. (Previously, the terms of the agreement had not been announced.) In a "pragmatic settlement," the parties agreed to three possible outcomes, which could have Apple paying as much…

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FTC Sues Amazon for Knowingly Allowing Children to Incur App Charges without Parental Approval

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Amazon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, ask the court to order refunds of "millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children" through apps in the Amazon appstore and on devices such as the Kindle Fire.…

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Open Road Says Harper Looks to Intimidate Other Authors

On Friday Open Road filed their reply to HarperCollins' demand for the maximum statutory damages, over $1 million in legal costs, and a permanent injunction following the District Court's finding that Open Road's digital edition of Jean Craighead George's JULIE OF THE WOLVES infringed Harper's rights. Open Road argues that…

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Shareholders' Suit Won't Block Hastings Sale

At the end of last week, a Texas District Court judge rejected shareholders' request for a preliminary injunction blocking the proposed buyout of Hastings by National Entertainment Collectibles. The court did not find "a substantial likelihood of success on the merits" for the plaintiffs, though this ruling does not block…

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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling That Pre-1923 Sherlock Holmes Stories Are in Public Domain

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 lower court ruling holding that 46 Sherlock Holmes stories and four novels created by Arthur Conan Doyle before 1923, along with the signature characters in those books such as Holmes and Dr. Watson, are in the public domain. The original suit by…

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