The Writer's Resource Directory 2013

In The News



In the constantly changing world of publishing it's important to keep up to date with the latest events. This page will serve to highlight some of those headlines and give authors a better understanding of what's happening. Keeping apprised of the latest news and media reports is vital to success.

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News and Media Reports




November 2012 -

Booksellers Resisting Amazon’s Disruption http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/technology/shunning-amazon-booksellers-resist-a-transformation.html?hp&_r=1&

Simon & Schuster Steps Into Self-Publishing http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/simon-schuster-introduces-self-publishing-service/?smid=tw-share



October 2012 -

News Corp eyes cash bid for Penguin: paper http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/28/us-newscorp-penguin-idUSBRE89R06W20121028

Random House and Penguin Merger Talks
http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/random-house-penguin-merger-talks-publishing-report/#comments

Pearson Confirms Merger Talks
http://paidcontent.org/2012/10/25/pearson-confirms-penguinrandom-house-merger-talks/

Random House and Penguin Merger 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/28/us-newscorp-penguin-idUSBRE89R06W20121028

Amazon Books Are Borrowed Not Bought
http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/10/23/amazon-ebooks-are-borrowed-not-bought/

August 2012 -

Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2012/08/15/publishing-is-broken-were-drowning-in-indie-books-and-thats-a-good-thing/

Togather.com Helps Crowdsource Book Events
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/togather-books_n_1748631.html?utm_hp_ref=books

Hack attack exposes major gap in Amazon and Apple security http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/07/technology/mat-honan-hacked/index.htm?hpt=hp_t3

Kindle eBook Sales Have Overtaken Amazon Print Sales
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/06/amazon-kindle-ebook-sales-overtake-print



July 2012 -

Could Riffle be the Pinterest of Book Discovery?
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/52628-could-riffle-be-the-pinterest-of-book-discovery-.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly%27s+PW+Daily&utm_campaign=7f3413653b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email

The Agent (as sort of) Publisher
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/52905-the-agent-as-sort-of-publisher.html

Wiley Gets $7,000 for Pirated eBook
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/john-wiley-and-sons-wins-7000-for-pirated-book_b53999





May 2012 -

The Broad Strokes of the Hachette, HarperCollins and S&S Price-Fixing Settlement
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/51469-the-broad-strokes-of-the-hachette-harpercollins-and-s-s-price-fixing-settlement.html

Penguin and Macmillan Reject Price Fixing Charges
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/52168-penguin-and-macmillan-reject-price-fixing-charges.html

Apple's Antitrust Reply On eBooks: 'We Benefited the Public'
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/346764/20120530/apple-s-antitrust-reply-ebooks-benefited-public.htm

Stop the Presses: Half of Self Published Authors Earn Less than $500
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/24/self-published-author-earnings?CMP=twt_fd

Amazon Bans Junk eBooks
http://www.thedominoproject.com/2012/05/amazon-bans-junk-ebooks.html

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Files for Bankruptcy
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-21/houghton-mifflin-harcourt-publishing-files-for-bankruptcy



April 2012~

Justice Dept. eBook Lawsuit Against Apple, Publishers Advances Towards Settlement
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/31/e-books-settlement-apple-justice-department_n_1392501.html

Some Big 6 Publishers Refuse to Sign New Contract
http://paidcontent.org/2012/04/10/big-six-publishers-refuse-to-sign-new-contracts-with-amazon/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Cut In eBook Pricing is Set to Shake Rivals
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/business/media/amazon-to-cut-e-book-prices-shaking-rivals.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

U.S. Sues Apple and Publishers Over eBook Prices
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-accuses-apple-publishers-e-145227883.html

DOJ Sues Apple Over Price Fixing Scheme
http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/11/technology/apple-doj-ebooks/index.htm?hpt=hp_t1

An Independent Publisher Speaks Out
http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1526

Daring To Cut Off Amazon
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/business/media/amazons-e-book-pricing-a-constant-thorn-for-publishers.html?_r=4&partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed



March 2012~

The Author's Guild - Grim News
http://blog.authorsguild.org/2012/03/09/letter-from-scott-turow-grim-news/

Justice Dept. Prepares to Sue Apple on eBook pricing
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/chi-justice-dept-prepares-to-sue-apple-on-ebook-pricing-20120308,0,2856101.story

Library Association asks Random House to reconsider massive eBook price Increase
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/library-association-asks-random-house-to-reconsider-massive-e-book-price-increase/

Libraries feel sticker as cost of ebooks rise as much as 300%
http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/03/ebooks/librarians-feel-sticker-shock-as-price-for-random-house-ebooks-rise-as-much-as-300-percent/



February 2012~

Ebooks Democratize Publishing
http://www.npr.org/2012/02/19/147112456/e-books-flipping-the-page-on-publishing-standards

The Down Low on Exclusivity Clauses
http://indiereader.com/2012/02/the-down-low-on-exclusivity-clauses/

Amazon to Open Book Stores
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics/Amazon-to-Open-Stores-Report-138793179.html

Books A Million Won't Carry Amazon Titles
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/50495-books-a-million-won-t-carry-amazon-titles.html

The Cult of Amazon Prime
http://www.launch.is/blog/the-cult-of-amazon-prime.html



January 2012~



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Distribute Amazon Books
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/houghton-mifflin-harcourt-to-distribute-amazon-books_b45914

Barnes and Noble Will Not Stock Books Published by Amazon
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/barnes-noble-stores-will-not-stock-amazon-published-books_b46276

Barnes and Noble - Taking On Amazon In the Fight of its Life
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/business/barnes-noble-taking-on-amazon-in-the-fight-of-its-life.html?_r=1&hpw

NYT Imagines a World Without Barnes and Noble
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/nyt-imagines-a-world-without-barnes-noble_b46147

Amazon's Hit Man - Businessweek 
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/amazons-hit-man-01252012.html

NBC Launches Book Publishing Arm, NBC Publishing
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/nbcuniversal-launches-book-publishing-arm-nbc-publishing/

Apple: Bids To Own Publishing Future
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/apple-ibooks-author-free-mac-app.html

Tablets, eReader Ownership Jumps to 19% in U.S.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/tablet-e-reader-ownership-in-us-jumps-to-20-over-the-holidays.html

Apple's Questionable License Agreement

Apple's Textbook Creation App

Audio: E-book Sales And Self-Publishing
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/21/143983350/e-book-sales-and-self-publishing

Video: Barnes & Noble Tumble 20%
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/#45887934

Video: Lessons to be learned from Kodak and B&N
http://www.reuters.com/article/video/idUSTRE8040XA20120105?videoId=228004377

2011 is the Best Holiday Ever for Kindle
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20111229005169/en/2011-Holiday-Kindle

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57349748-501465/amazon-we-sold-millions-of-kindles-for-the-holidays/?tag=mncol;lst;6

Audio: The Ebook Menace in the Land Down Under
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/australiatalks/the-book-industry/3695964

Audio: A Self-Published Author's $2-Million Cinderella Story
http://www.npr.org/2012/01/08/144804084/a-self-published-authors-2-million-cinderella-story

E-books sales surge after holidays
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/story/2012-01-09/ebooks-sales-surge/52458672/1


The authors who are going it alone online - and winning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16469000


Forget e-books – the point of the Kindle is for essays  
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielknowles/100128728/forget-e-books-the-point-of-the-kindle-is-for-essays/

Amazon One Step Closer to Brazilian E-book Launch
 http://publishingperspectives.com/2012/01/amazon-one-step-closer-to-brazilian-e-book-launch/


Apple launches e-textbook tools with new iBooks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16634097

Hewlett Packard opens doors to its HP Labs UK research base
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16636609


Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon 
http://www.npr.org/2012/01/23/145468105/publishers-and-booksellers-see-a-predatory-amazon