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Canada Reaches eBook Settlement with Apple and Three Publishers, Pursues HarperCollins

Canada's Competition Bureau reached modest new consent agreements with Apple and three major publishers -- Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster -- related to the introduction of agency ebook pricing there. HarperCollins declined to settle, and the Commissioner of Competition is seeking harsher restrictions on the company's ebook pricing as…

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Colting Sued by PRH, S&S, and Literary Estates Over 'Kinderguides' of Classic Novels

More than a decade after being sued over an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye, Fredrik Colting is the co-defendant in a new lawsuit over turning four classic novels into illustrated children's books without permission. The complaint, filed in New York federal court Thursday by Penguin Random House, Simon…

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Class Action Suit Filed Against All Romance eBooks

The sudden shutdown of romance ebook publishing and distribution company All Romance at the end of 2016 left many authors and publishers shortchanged, with an email from the company offering 10 cents on the dollar for distributed books for sales up through December 27 and nothing but reversion for books…

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Rakuten Kobo Acquires the Tolino Tech Platform from Deutsche Telekom

Rakuten Kobo announced on Tuesday they have signed contracts to acquire the Tolino ebook technology platform serving the German-language ebook market from founding partner Deutsche Telekom at the end of January 2017, pending approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. (That paperwork was filed December 22.) Kobo will join the three…

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Employee Sues Google Over Confidentiality Policies (Including Approval For Writing Novels)

Earlier this week an anonymous Google employee sued over internal confidentiality policies that run the gamut from spying on employees to writing novels without the company's approval, saying they breach California labor laws. The suit, first reported on by The Information, "alleges Google runs an internal 'spying program' which relies…

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EU Takes One More Step Towards Maybe Allowing Reduced Tax on eBooks Some Day

The European Union's achingly slow battle over whether to allow ebooks the same potential for preferential sales tax treatment that print books are given has taken another expected steps towards potential resolution...some time in 2017. Or not. Following on a plan announced this spring, the European Commission has presented a…

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EU Court Affirms Libraries' Right to Lend Legal eBooks

The European Union's Court of Justice issued a ruling on Thursday that declares EU rules about a public lending right to physical books through libraries apply to ebooks as well. The judgment imposes as a legal right what has become established business practice in the US for some time (albeit with…

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Source Says Amazon In Preliminary Settlement Talks In EU eBook Antitrust Case

With the European Commission looking to flex some regulatory muscle over American-based technology giants including Apple, Google and Amazon, at least one source reported to Reuters on Tuesday that "Amazon is in talks to settle the e-book case" under investigation by the EC "but it is too early to say whether…

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Congressman Sues Simon & Schuster Over Allegations in "Murder in The Bayou"

Congressman Charles Boustany of Lafayette, LA, currently running for the Senate, filed a defamation suit in a Lafayette District Court against Simon & Schuster and Ethan Brown, author of Murder In the Bayou. Published in mid-September and investigating the deaths of eight Louisiana women, the book cites multiple unidentified sources who suggest that…

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Briefs: Pedroza Collects In Fifty Shades Settlement, Amazon Boston, and More

Jennifer Pedroza will finally collect from her former Writers' Coffee Shop partner Amanda Hayward, in a confidential settlement. Hayward is dropping her appeal of the Texas District Court judgment that gave Pedroza a $10.6 million award, along with $900,000 in interest and $1.7 million in attorney's fees. The final payment does include at least $1.6…

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