Hachette’s Library E-Book Price Hike

Hachette will soon be charging libraries more for e-books on the basis that higher e-book prices reflect fair market value for a product that will not wear out and can be loaned an unlimited amount of times. The price change happened earlier in the year but only recently came to light.

Starting Oct. 1, librarians who want to buy Hachette e-books from OverDrive and other distributors will be paying an average of 220% more for them across 3,500 available titles.

In a statement yesterday, Hachette said that the move was part of its pilot program to explore its place in library e-book lending. Penguin is also engaging in a library e-book lending pilot.

Earlier in the year, Random House also raised its prices by about 300% for libraries that bought its e-books. Shortly after, the American Library Association openly called for Random House to roll back the price increase. Random House has not done so. The ALA has not yet responded to DBW’s request for comment.

The Wall Street Journal’s Rejuvenated E-Book Program (DBW)
Since entering the e-book business in 2010, WSJ hasn’t done all the much. But a new executive heading the initiative has the business back on its feet again and with big plans. Plus, an update on NBC Publishing.

The DOJ’s E-Book Stimulus (Pub Lunch)
The publishers’ settlement with the U.S. states could actually result in a mini e-book stimulus: Because of the way the settlement payments are constructed, the $65 million going back into the pockets of consumers will likely be spent on e-books.

Mexican Bookseller Readies for Battle With Amazon (Pub Perspectives)
Mexican bookstore chain Librerias Ghandi, which controls about 30% of the Mexican book market, started selling e-books three years ago but is putting new emphasis on the business as Amazon is set to bring the Kindle to the country. More on the Mexican e-book market.

E-Bookseller Zola to Launch Oct. 10 With Exclusive Content (DBW)
Zola, a new e-bookselling start-up that hopes to replace Google Books among independent bookshops and take a bite out of Amazon, will launch Oct. 10 – with exclusive content, including the best-seller The Time Traveler’s Wife, which will sold as an e-book for the first time ever.

Anobii Delays Indie Plan (The Bookseller)
European e-bookselling platform Anobii will reportedly be delaying a plan it has in place to help independent bookshops in Europe sell e-books. The launch of an affiliate program was expected for the 2012 holiday season but will be delayed until 2013. At DBW 2012, Anobii advocated publishers dropping digital rights management software to level the competitive playing field between booksellers.

Roald Dahl E-Books (PaidContent)
Eight of the the children’s book author’s titles are available in the U.S. for the first time.

Faber & Faber Signs With Jellybooks (DBW)
UK publisher Faber & Faber will make book excerpts available to discovery start-up Jellybooks, which allows users to read and share excerpts of books.

Kindle Fire Review (Pub Weekly)
We’ll summarize: Way better than the old Kindle Fire and you’ll think it’s great…unless you compare it to the iPad.

Dances With Books (New York Times)
Kevin Costner will be publishing an illustrated adventure series with Simon & Schuster’s Atria books to be released in 2014. We would have also accepted Manuscript of Dreams.

Five Best Things About Working in Book Publishing (HarperCollins)
It’s not “free books, free books, free books, free books, BEA parties.” You’ll have to click to find out!

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