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California Consumer Sues Audible Over Subscription Terms

A California consumer filed suit in the state's Central District Federal Court against Audible and Amazon, seeking class action status, on behalf of "consumers who find themselves trapped in a shell game." The suit objects to differences between how Audible allegedly advertises its membership program, and how the program works in fact.…

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Legal: European Court Disallows Lower Tax for eBooks, Harper Responds In Canada

Responding to a query brought by the Polish Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice has ruled that member states may not apply a lower value added tax to downloadable ebooks or other publications -- even though lower taxes are allowed for books and other publications that are printed (and in turn,…

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Corporate: HBG Takes Over Perseus Fulfillment, Pearson Faces Suit

Hachette Book Group has officially transitioned the distribution of the acquired Perseus Books imprints from Ingram, which had been handling fulfillment through the Perseus distribution center in Jackson, TN since the sale was completed in April 2016. As of March, all orders for Perseus Books titles will be processed and…

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Kate Morton and Former Agent Sue Each Other Over Backlist Commissions

Australian author Kate Morton, author of a number of internationally bestselling novels including The Shifting Fog and The Lake House, and her former agent Selwa Anthony have sued each other over the fate of future commissions from Morton's backlist. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, which obtained Anthony's original lawsuit…

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Penguin Random House Offers Unlimited Match for Employee Donations to Free Expression, Diversity and Humanitarian Charities

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle wrote to US employees in an internally-posted memo on Tuesday, reacting to the charged moment in American society with a special unlimited matching gift program that will run through the end of February. The company will match employee contributions of any size, without limit, to…

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Amazon, Pearson Push Back On Immigration Limits

Amazon made a declaration of support for a lawsuit filed by the Washington state attorney general in Federal Court looking to overturn President Trump's recent executive order limiting immigration from seven countries as unconstitutional. The first state to file suit, Washington is also seeking a temporary restraining order against enforcement of…

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Amazon Agrees to Break eBook Contractual Strangleholds In Europe

On Tuesday the European Commission announced proposed settlement "commitments" from Amazon to give up a variety of restrictive "parity clauses" in their ebook contracts with publishers across Europe, following  a "preliminary assessment" reached on December 9, 2016 concluding "the clauses may breach EU antitrust rules and result in reduced competition…

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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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