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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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Apple Shareholders Sue Executives Claiming Agency Pricing Lawsuit "Caused Damages"

Apple may have settled its ongoing litigation over ebook pricing with the plaintiff states and consumer class earlier this summer (pending the outcome of the company's appeal of Judge Cote's 2013 ruling), but some of the same issues return in a new, derivative lawsuit launched by a single shareholder last…

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Settlement Announced in 2010 Lawsuit Against Google Books By Photographers and Artists

Though Google has won a number of victories in court recently supporting their claim of fair use over text captured and shared by Google Books and other related enterprises, the company has remained potentially more vulnerable to separate copyright infringement claims brought against Google Books by photographers and visual. (As…

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People, Etc.

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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