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Bertelsmann Eyeing Up Buyout of Penguin Random House

Bertelsmann Eyeing Up Buyout of Penguin Random House

Almost a year to the day TIPM produced and posted an article and infographic to illustrate the global media corporations which control the so-called ‘big five’ publishers and the involvement major publishing houses now have in self-publishing service providers. You can still download this infographic here. One of those global corporations is Bertelsmann, current co-owners (with


Three Translated Novels Included in Impac Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Three translated novels have been included in the shortlist for this year’s International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Press Release: Wednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in


HarperCollins & Amazon Bury the Hachette

Concerns in the book industry that big five publisher HarperCollins was set to enter a lengthy and acrimonious standoff with online retailer Amazon over new contract negotiations have abated. We reported two weeks ago on a Business Insider article which suggested that there were rumblings of discontent from HarperCollins when it was offered similar terms already signed


Publishing for Digital Minds Conference | London Book Fair 2015 [Video]

The London Book Fair 2015 (LBF) begins tomorrow (Tuesday 14th April) at the Olympia London and will last three days. It is one of the annual highlights for the publishing industry along with Frankfurt and Book Expo America. Although the event does not officially start until tomorrow, its pre-event Publishing for Digital Minds Conference took place today. Digital Minds, now in its


Is HarperCollins Set to Take on Amazon?

Business Insider reported yesterday that negotiations between publisher HarperCollins and Amazon are not going well. The big five publisher’s current contract is due to expire soon and it is unclear whether Amazon will continue to sell and promote HarperCollins titles beyond this date. Hachette was involved in a long-running dispute with the online retailer last


Kobo Owner Rakuten Set to Take Over Distribution Platform OverDrive

Kobo parent company Rakuten will sign off on a deal worth $410 million to purchase digital publishing platform OverDrive in April. OverDrive is a library lending service which supplies e-books, audiobooks, music and streaming video to 30,000 libraries, schools and retailers across the world. Rakuten described the purchase as ‘phase two, giving Rakuten access to the e-book borrowing


Author Solutions Partner Imprint Bites the Dust with the Closure of Harlequin’s DellArte Press

It was one of the early self-publishing service imprints to be launched by a major publisher in the USA. Back in November 2009, the launch of DellArte Press (Harlequin Horizons as it was then) — an imprint of romance publisher Harlequin — was operated under a partnership agreement with self-publishing service giant Author Solutions Inc. The launch of DellArte Press quickly


SFWA Clears the Way for Self-Published & Indie Author Membership

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has voted in favour of changing its bylaw which prevented self-published and small press authors from applying for active and associate membership in the organisation. A third of members of the SFWA participated in the vote which resulted in an overwhelming 6 to 1 majority. The result of the