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Welcome to this week’s news post! For this edition we have news on an interesting lawsuit over DRM vs Amazon and the Big 6 publishers; Grand Central expanding its digital Forever arm; and an update from last week’s story over neo nazi linked security firm working for Amazon.

Three independent book stores are suing Amazon and the Big 6 over DRM. They are claiming it is creating a monopoly which allows the Kindle a stranglehold over the ebook market. Jane from Dear Author  has summarised the lawsuit which does not bode well for the plaintiffs as their claims are full of errors. There is a lack of understanding on what DRM is about as well as the fact there is other ebook formats such as PDFs and epubs. They do have a point about DRM being constrictive to customers but this is not the best approach, and I doubt …

News,The Smutty Lover     22 Feb 2013 4 comments
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Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post and it has been pretty eventful with the news of the DOJ greenlighting the merger between Random House and Penguin, an award for best critical reviewer of the year as well much more news!

 

 

 

I am horrified to see that Amazon is investigating after claims and video footage by a German channel that says that the conglomerate warehouses hired a security firm called Hess. They found out that the security guards are affiliated with a neo nazi group and were harassing immigrant workers in warehouses in Germany. There have been  previous claims in the past about warehouse conditions for workers in the US which were awful but to see that that a group like this is guarding let alone abusing and intimidating people like this makes me question on whether I should support a company like Amazon.

 

 

The DOJ has allowed the proposed merger of Random House …

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Around the Bookish World: Week-in-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post and we have a bumper packed edition with breaking news of Macmillan’s settlement with the DOJ, crazy author scam alert and more YA movie casting news as well as books and covers to watch out for in the coming year.

 

In the midst of finishing this post, news broke on twitter that Macmillan has settled with the DOJ over Agency pricing. This leaves Apple as the lone standing defendant against the collusion over Agency pricing. John Sargent has posted a statement that says - 

Our company is not large enough to risk a worst case judgment. In this action the government accused five publishers and Apple of conspiring to raise prices.  As each publisher settled, the remaining defendants became responsible not only for their own treble damages, but also possibly for the treble damages of the settling publishers (minus what they settled for).  A …

News,The Smutty Lover     8 Feb 2013 4 comments
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Welcome to this week’s news post! For this edition, we have  long anticipated cover reveals and title from Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series, as well as Ilona Andrews and Sylvia Day.

 

 

First up! John Scalzi has announced he is stepping down as SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) President later this year. However author, Jim C. Hines, has posted that already two authors have chucked their hats into the ring for the presidency, while Steven Gould looks like a good candidate, the other potential is Theodore Beale who is also known as the controversial blogger and writer, Vox Day who is behind some pretty sexist and trolltastic articles on women, which Jim has summarised and linked here. It will be interesting to see how this contest will go.

 

And mentioning Jim C. Hines, he has also spoken about the financial realities in writing genre fiction, which isn’t that profitable. Along …

News,The Smutty Lover     1 Feb 2013 9 comments
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Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post! For this edition we have news on Stephen King’s 99c Kindle short essay on guns, Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit due to his biography and  more YA books being picked for greenlit for pilot season as well as more book news.

 

Stephen King has published a 99c Kindle short essay due to the recent shootings in the US and  approaches on what can be done to tackle these issues. He also goes on to explain the reason why he pulled his novel Rage, which was penned under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. He explains in his essay that ‘My book did not break [these teenagers], or turn them into killers; they found something in my book that spoke to them because they were already broken. Yet I did see Rage as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale.’  And he felt that this is why the …

News,The Smutty Lover     25 Jan 2013 6 comments
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Welcome to this week’s news post! This week have some updates and news on Kelley Armstrong (although belatedly), Carina Press’ expansion in the UK and Ireland and more.

 

First up, Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten which is the first book in her Women of the Otherworld series, has been picked up by the Canadian Space channel for a 13 episode series which will focus on Elena and Clay and the rest of the pack. This was announced earlier in the year but I missed this and this took me by surprised when I stumbled across a mention that the series was being adapted for television. Space also announced that they will commence filming later this Spring, although no news on casting, but it looks like Urban Fantasy is becoming a rich source for television and movies for adapations at the moment.

 

Scholastic has declared that they will be launching their first Fantasy multi-platform …

News,The Smutty Lover     18 Jan 2013 6 comments
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Welcome to this week’s news post!  For this edition, we have a slew of book news and upcoming titles, Macmillan’s new joint venture with Entangled as well our usual titles to watch out for!

 

Entangled and Macmillan announced two joint ventures this week. With the first one, Entangled successful and selected e-books will be distributed via Macmillan and its imprints like St Martin’s press to all territories where Macmillan distributes to. Along with this new partnership, Entangled and Macmillan will also launch an new e-imprint St Martins/Entangled which will be a digital first imprint which will also select titles for print. It is not the first time a digital first publisher have joined up forces with a print publisher but I think this is a sign that digital first publishing model is becoming more popular with traditional publishing especially since most have set up or now partnered up with a …

News,The Smutty Lover     11 Jan 2013 3 comments
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Around the Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post! For this week’s issue there is news from Patricia Briggs’ upcoming anthology which will focus on the side characters from the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, the BBC who will be teaming up with a well known children’s authors for a new Doctor Who e-serial and more author news and snippets.

I think this news item made my week! The BBC announced this week that they will be working with well known children’s author and the current rumours are strongly hinting that it could be J.K Rowling, although there are other authors are in the running such as Philip Pullman, Alan Garner as well as others. Because this year will herald the 50th anniversary of the Time Lord’s adventures in space and time this venture will part of the commorative celebration of Doctor Who. There will be eleven e shorts, with each …

News,The Smutty Lover     4 Jan 2013 2 comments
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Around the Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post! Because of the Christmas holidays, things have been pretty quiet. But I do have news of another YA movie adaption and another snippet from Sylvia Day’s long awaited third Crossfire book.

 

During a year where Goodreads has become the focus of a lot of kerfuffles over negative reviews, it was nice to see something positive from the social reading site. Goodreads  have posted an info graphic that depicts their growth in popularity and this year has certainly proved that with increased membership and reviews. It also summarises the most popular review group, most reviewed book and most followed reviewers.  And it looks like 2013 will be even more popular with readers using the site to share their love of books!

Pearsons the parent company that owns Penguin, has invested 89 million dollars into Nook Media which is owned by Barnes and Nobel. This is …

News,The Smutty Lover     28 Dec 2012 1 comment
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Welcome to this week’s news post! We have new developments from Agency pricing publishers and more news from authors as well as books to watch out for!

 

First up, in a surprising move, Penguin has announced that they will drop Agency pricing and will be settling with the Department of Justice this week. It is also expected that Random House will also follow suit although they are the only publisher who wasn’t involved with the lawsuit due to them not adopting Agency pricing when it was first introduced. Macmillan is the only lone publisher right now involved in defending their stance against the DOJ’s charges for collusion even though they have settled in the EU for similar charges. John Sargent, the CEO for Macmillan has written an open letter explaining their position and defence. But it will be interesting to see how this all fares in the next year …

News,The Smutty Lover     21 Dec 2012 4 comments
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