Author Archives: Mick Rooney

Doubleday Sheds 10% of Staff

Recently on this site I have been reporting on the general downturn the global economy is having on the publishing world. Just a couple of weeks ago I reported on job losses at and unfortunately those losses continue as reported in the New York Times and many other news organisations. The NYT story is

Google Book Search Settlement Agreement

Google have finally settled their lawsuit with a group of authors and publishers. Below is the full statement released. Today, Google and the group of authors and publishers who were plaintiffs in the US Google Book Search lawsuits announced a groundbreaking settlement agreement. This settlement, on behalf of a broad class of copyright holders, opens

Lulu UK Sheds 24 Jobs

The credit crunch continues to bite deeper with news from New Media Age that Lulu are to make 24 workers redundant from their uk offices. That represents a 25% reduction in staff, including Cristel Lee Leed, European Vice President, and six other senior employees. You can read the full New Media Age article at the


We have grown used to POD Subsidy and POD self-publishing over the past 15 years. Well, now a company called MagCloud are offering a print-on-demand service at no set-up charge. Purchase costs on each magazine are set at 20 US cent per page for submitted PDF files. This is the first time I have come