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Amazon Customers Receive A Little Extra In eBook Settlement Credits

Although the original ebook settlement credits funded by the five settling publishers expired this spring, on Thursday many Amazon customers were notified of new, additional small credits issued to their accounts in connection with those same settlements. As the notices indicate, "This credit is in addition to the credit that…

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Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple, with Notable Dissent

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Apple's appeal of the verdict finding them guilty of antitrust violations in launching the iBookstore, upholding District Court Judge Denise Cote's initial finding. Judge Debra Ann Livingston writes the majority opinion in the 2-1 ruling: "We conclude that the district court's decision…

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Internship Lawsuits Come to Book Publishing, Against Simon & Schuster

The spate of lawsuits against entertainment and media companies alleging unfair labor practices with respect to interns paid less than minimum wage has arrived in book publishing: The same law firms that recently filed suit against CBS (among others) brought a new suit against the company's publishing division Simon &…

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Apple Set to Challenge Special Monitor's Role to Appeals Court Next Month

While we're waiting for the Second Circuit of Appeals' ruling on Apple's appeal of the verdict finding them guilty of antitrust violations in launching their ebookstore -- not expected for months -- a related appeal will go before the court next month. Apple is continuing to challenge the appointment of special…

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All Sides Grilled During Oral Arguments for Apple's Appeal

An extended oral arguments hearing Monday morning at the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals did not immediately make clear how the three-judge panel would rule on Apple's appeal of 2013's ebook antitrust trial, but it did show the court would not spare any side thorough questioning -- often to entertaining…

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Judge Cote Rubber-Stamps Apple Settlement

In a hearing Friday morning Judge Denise Cote approved the settlement agreed upon between Apple, the plaintiff states, and the consumer class. As previously reported, the settlement hinges upon how the 2nd Circuit of Appeals will rule -- whenever that happens -- on Apple's appeal of Judge Cote's July 2013…

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Oral Arguments For Apple's Appeal Set For December 15

After a period of quiet, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has set a December 15 date for oral arguments on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's 2013 ruling in the federal ebook antitrust trial. The settlement reached earlier this year between Apple and the plaintiff states and consumers hinges on how…

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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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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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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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