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German Publishers and Booksellers Association Fears ‘monopolistic’ Amazon

German Publishers and Booksellers Association Fears ‘monopolistic’ Amazon

Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, revealed 2014 sales figures for the German book market. The overall market saw a 2.2% fall and a slight increase in e-book sales. The Association’s Managing Director Alexander Skipis cited a significant decline in bestseller titles (down more than 20% on 2013) and growing ‘monopolistic companies like Amazon’. The German book industry’s economic

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Bloomsbury Set to Remove All Author Solutions’ Imprints from its Service Comparison Database

Back in September 2013 UK publisher Bloomsbury launched a resource and service comparison database for new writers and self-published authors. The database is part of Bloomsbury’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website, and its accompanying yearbook brand which provides information, articles and resources for writers. At the time of the launch Eela Devani, digital development director at Bloomsbury Publishing UK,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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