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Harper Germany to Launch In 2015; Will Publish Silva In 16 Territories

HarperCollins is creating a HarperCollins Germany publishing program, expanding on the operation in Hamburg acquired as part of their purchase of Harlequin and launching in fall 2015 with approximately 50 Harper branded titles. The German initiative is itself just a first step, as Harper plans to take those 50 titles…

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Russo Writes to Authors Guild Members On Amazon

The Authors Guild distributed to members on Thursday a letter from novelist and AG vice president Richard Russo. It expands on remarks made by association president Roxana Robinson earlier in the week: "On Tuesday, Amazon made an offer to Hachette Book Group that would 'take authors out of the middle' of their…

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Charles Watkinson joined the University of Michigan Library on July 1 as associate university librarian for publishing and director of the University of Michigan Press. Most recently he was head of scholarly publishing services and director of Purdue University Press. At Macmillan, Ruth Esehak-Gillespie has been promoted to international sales and…

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Apple Asks For Next eBook Trial(s) to be Moved Back to California, Texas

Apple has not been doing well in New York's Southern District under Judge Denise Cote, so the company is trying a last-minute effort to get the damages trial moved to a different venue. Or rather, split into two venues. They want the judicial panel for multidistrict litigation to return the…

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The Truth About eBook Sales (Part 2): The Market Is Flat, and Self-Publishing Isn't Big Enough to Change That

This is the follow-up post to Friday's examination of The Discussion Over "Author Earnings." Let's use this opportunity to speak clearly about what we do know about the ebook sales landscape, since there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the data that's available. The worst meme around is…

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DBW Opens: Shatzkin, CEOs, O'Reilly, Data and More

The fifth annual Digital Book World Conference officially opened on Tuesday morning in New York to record-setting attendance and exhibits. Morning highlights included a ceo panel with S&S's Carolyn Reidy, David Nussbaum of F+W Media, Sourcebooks' Dominique Raccah, and O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly and a separate presentation from O'Reilly…

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For Winter Institute 9, The Spring Season and Beyond: More Book Discoveries to Sample and Buzz

A year ago we experimented with extending our Publishers Lunch Buzz Books sampler of meaty pre-publication excerpts of notable new books to Winter Institute (also letting us cover the spring/summer publishing season) -- and an amazing 16 of those 28 books wound up as "best of the month" picks on…

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Dealmaking Jumps Ahead of Frankfurt

As usual it's time for our preliminary report on deal activity ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair (with our final tallies coming in a week), and it's clear that September was a booming month for US dealmaking, across the board. We recorded our highest-ever September deal totals in all three…

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On Matthew Shear

St. Martin's Press publisher Matthew Shear, 57, died on Wednesday after a three-year battle with cancer that was unknown to nearly all of his colleagues. He joined St. Martin's in 1995, and prior to that he worked at Bantam. The memorial service is tomorrow at 10:00 at Riverside Memorial Chapel (180…

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Apple Concedes to New Terms with Publishers, Resists eBook App Changes

The Federal Court docket now includes two separate filings from Apple's attorney on Friday, presenting the company's revised approach to the proposed injunction. Apple is walking a line between Judge Denise Cote's guilty verdict and the company's belief that they are innocent and their hopes to prevail on appeal. Nonetheless,…

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