Hachette Keeps Best-Sellers Coming Despite Amazon Dispute

HBGThis week finds two Hachette titles in the top five on the ebook best-seller list–no small accomplishment in light of the ongoing conflict between the publisher and Amazon that seem to be holding back some sales.

In the Nos. 4 and 5. positions are Invisible by James Patterson’s and The Silkworm by J.K. Rowling, published under the author’s pen name, Robert Galbraith. Both titles are making their first appearances on this week’s list.

As a result of Amazon’s withholding pre-ordering capabilities, the latter failed to make it within the top-25 last week.


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Amazon Editors Make Independent Picks (DBW)
This week Amazon perked eyebrows in the publishing world when it chose a Hachette title among its featured picks for July. The pick, Edan Lepucki’s California, isn’t yet out and isn’t available for pre-order on Amazon.

Amazon: Why We’re Negotiating (WSJ)
Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti told the Wall Street Journal that its current dispute with Hachette is all about the price of ebooks, not quite contradicting but not confirming earlier reports that co-op and more were also part of the dispute.

Related: See Grandinetti speak at Digital Book World 2015

Publishers Claim Apple Ruling Hampers Pricing Models (PW)
In a June filing, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan are claiming that Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 ruling against Apple will hamper their abilities to negotiate ebook agency pricing contracts with retailers two years after they signed their agreements with the Department of Justice barring them from doing so for two years.

Five Reasons for Optimism About Ebooks (Medium)
Ebook guru Sanders Kleinfeld gives us five reasons to be optimistic about the future of ebooks, mostly about the advancement of production and reading technology.

Related: Tailoring Workflows to Digital Content With Sanders Kleinfeld

Transitions Not New for Written Word (DBW)
It’s easy to forget in our age of digital transition that the written word is young and has undergone a lifetime of change, particularly in the past 150 years, writes New York University professor Lisa Gitelman in a new book.

iOS Ebook Readers vs. Android Ebook Readers (DBW)
New data from ebook subscription service Oyster suggests there may be substantive differences between those who read on iPhones and those who read on Android devices.

Txtr to Launch Ebook Subscription Service (The Digital Reader)
The service, dubbed Blloon, will have one million titles and will cost €10 euro a month.

Penguin Random House Completes Big Acquisition (Pub Lunch)
The world’s largest trade publisher has completed its €72 million acquisition of Santillana Ediciones Generales.

Spain’s Ebook Business Hampered (Pub Perspectives)
An ongoing recession and prolific ebook piracy are hurting the publishing industry in Spain.

Audiobooks Big at Libraries (Good E Reader)
Audiobooks were one of the buzziest trends at this year’s American Library Association conference in Las Vegas.


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