Three months after Penguin Random House’s effort to acquire Simon & Schuster was terminated, Christian Lorentzen summarizes the August antitrust trial in a cover piece for Harper’s. Spoiler alert: PRH loses. About the most quotable graph: “The view put forth by the government was that the publishing industry was a market like any other, that its practices were routinized, that its players followed rules, and that its dynamics could be predicted by the scientific methods of economists. The defense presented it as a casino full of hippies gambling unlimited piles of money generously provided to them by multinational corporations happy […]
Madeline McIntosh will step down as ceo of Penguin Random House US after a transition period, she announced to staff in a memo on Tuesday. She wrote: “I am stepping down from my position as your U.S. CEO. I’m not leaving right away; instead, Nihar [Malaviya] and I are working very closely together to determine the best plan for the U.S. organization going forward. I know you’ll be in good hands with Nihar and the U.S. Board. They know and love this business as much as I do. For the time being, all remains as usual.” Malaviya was elevated to […]
As previewed earlier in the month, the European Union announced the final “commitments” made by Amazon to avoid further enforcement action, including fines. As indicated earlier, within the EU Amazon will make the Buy Box more competitive, allow third-party merchants to participate in Prime while using outside logistics providers, and block Amazon from using internal data to compete with third-party merchants. Specifically, the EU states: Regarding data use, Amazon will not “use non-public data relating to, or derived from, the independent sellers’ activities on its marketplace, for its retail business. This applies to both Amazon’s automated tools and employees that […]
When our friends at Ingram encouraged us to max out the capabilities of print-on-demand with the big keepsake, case-bound edition of our book memorializing THE TRIAL, we never imagined we would find ourselves as the No. 1 new release in antitrust law! (And that’s ahead of both Ian Walden’s Telecommunications Law and Regulation and Conor Quigley’s European State Aid Law and Policy.) We can guarantee you THE TRIAL is a better read, as well as a great gift for the publishing person in your life. Buy the 6.7 pound, 1,994-page printed edition here (for free prime delivery); or from BN, […]
It takes a while for the metadata for our impressively fat, 6.7 pound printed hardcover edition of THE TRIAL: The DOJ’s Suit to Block Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Simon & Schuster to populate throughout the retail chain — but we’re happy to report some mainstream alternatives to our own Aerio-powered storefront. Prime members can stick Amazon with the full shipping cost and still receive this big beauty promptly. And if you find our retail price daunting, they’ll even offer you an installment plan. Barnes & Noble customers can purchase online now as well.
Just in time for the holidays is this unique gift for publishing junkies or the perfect memento for your shelves of the year’s major event: Our comprehensive record of THE TRIAL: The DOJ’s Suit to Block Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Simon & Schuster is now available in print as well. With the encouragement and assistance of our friends at Ingram Content Group and Lightning Source, this 1,194-page, 8.5 x 11 book maximizes the capabilities of print-on-demand — and weighs in at an impressive 6.7 pounds. The text was updated to include Judge Florence Pan’s full 80-page opinion and our […]