The independent romance publisher Ellora’s Cave claims the blog Dear Author falsely suggested the publisher is “on the verge of financial ruin,” according to a libel and defamation lawsuit filed on Friday.
The offending statements appeared in a September 14th blog post by Jane Litte (the pen name of Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe), drawing on an August email Ellora’s Cave sent to its authors detailing falling ebook sales through Amazon. At the time, Ellora’s Cave was unable to determine the cause of the dropoff and confirmed it’s in talks with Amazon to address the issue.
But Ellora’s Cave CEO Patty Marks insists Gerrish-Lamp’s suggestion that the issue amounts to a death sentence has “irreparably damaged” the publisher, which is seeking $25,000 in damages.
Should the case go to court, Marks will need to prove Dear Author caused real harm to her business. But Gerrish-Lampe, who is a lawyer, has promised she’s “going to fight this.”
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Authors’ Fight Against Amazon Intensifies (NYT)
Authors United gets added firepower from some of the most renowned authors in the world–including Orhan Pamuk and Ursula le Guin–as the group presses its case against Amazon, both with the reading public and the Justice Department.
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Genre Fiction Sweeps the Small Screen (AdWeek)
Followers of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List are well aware how media tie-ins can drive ebook sales of the titles they’re based on. Now TV producers are catching on to what film studios have recognized at least since the Twilight franchise blew up the box office, and turning to authors of genre fiction to bring more adaptations of popular series like Outlander to the small screen.
Readfy Launches Ad-Supported Subscription Ebooks (The Digital Reader)
The German ebook subscription service goes live with its unlimited-access catalog of roughly 25,000 titles, about 6,000 of which are self-published. Germany’s subscription ebook market is far from wide open and likely to get more crowded.
Amazon Updates Kindle iPhone App (The Digital Reader)
The latest version of Kindle for iOS makes Amazon’s ebook app compatible with the newly launched iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, both of which feature bigger screens better optimized for mobile reading.
Indie Distributor Adds Members (Galleycat)
The Independent Publishers Group adds nineteen additional indie publishers to its ranks.
Garnet Publishing Creates New Imprint (The Bookseller)
The UK publisher, which specializes in the Middle East, launches Periscope to widen its offering of fiction and nonfiction by international authors writing in English as well as in translation.
More Cheap Books Down Under? (Dynamic Business)
A proposed change to an import restriction in Australia could force book prices to drop as more titles enter the market, leading Australian publishers to rally against it while booksellers press for the measure’s advancement.
Piracy Concerns Mount in Emerging Markets (Standard Digital)
A Kenyan publishers association says piracy concerns have grown so acute that publishers will be deterred from operating in the country’s growing book market if further action isn’t taken in the next two to three years.