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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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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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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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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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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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Apple Settles with States & Consumers In Sealed Agreement

Apple has agreed to settle with the plaintiff states and consumer class in an agreement filed under seal with Judge Denise Cote late Monday. The amount they will pay has not been disclosed yet, and the tendering of those payments is dependent upon the outcome of Apple's appeal of the…

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Getting Things Straight: Two Wonky But Important Hachette/Settlement Things People Get Wrong

We've been doing a lot of talking to other members of the press the last couple of weeks (mostly on background) helping to explain some of the details of the legal issues around ebook pricing -- and we've been reading a lot of articles, as usual. There are two important…

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