A Canadian regulatory agency is pursuing a court order requiring both Kobo and Indigo Books to hand over information in an investigation of anti-competitive practices, drawing protests from Kobo.
Kobo president Michael Tamblyn objects that the company is being unfairly “singled out for this particularly onerous process” after cooperating with the Competition Bureau’s inquiries relating to ebook pricing for more than two years.
The agency clarified that neither bookseller is the subject of its investigation, which continues ten months after Kobo pushed successfully to suspend agreements between the Canadian divisions of four Big Five publishers and the country’s regulators that would have sharply curbed agency ebook pricing.
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Pearson Says 2015 Forecast Is Sunny (Pub Lunch)
Pearson tells investors it expects earnings to rise about 75–80 pence a share, “despite continuing challenging market conditions,” according to CEO John Fallon. Publishers Lunch points out pound-to-dollar exchange rates are working in the publisher’s favor.
Four Paths to Direct-to-Consumer Publishing (Diginomica)
Publishers at Digital Book World 2015 outlined a number of different approaches to building verticals and taking their content directly to consumers. One industry insider distills those approaches into four lessons for other publishers to do that successfully.
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EPUB’s Walled Gardens (AP)
EPUB is typically billed as an open alternative to proprietary ebook formats, but one observer runs into numerous roadblocks when she tries transferring her EPUB titles from one platform to the next.
Another Swing at DRM (Techdirt)
Author and digital rights advocate Cory Doctorow rejoins the Electronic Frontier Foundation to head up a global campaign to do away with digital rights management systems.
Fate of Ebook Reseller Hangs in the Balance (Gigaom)
After a recent court ruling, Tom Kabinet, a Dutch marketplace for used ebooks that launched in June last year, is throwing out all inventory it can’t prove was initially purchased by resellers who use the site, rather than downloaded illegally. The question of the legality of ebook resale in the European Union isn’t settled yet, though.
Free Webcast: Metadata Strategies that Drive Discovery (DBW)
As industry experts reminded publishers more than once last week at Digital Book World 2015, discovery is everything. If you can’t connect the right readers with content they want, all your editorial and marketing investments are for naught. And metadata drives discovery. Join book metadata expert Renée Register for a free webcast helping you master the metadata essentials of the current digital ecosystem.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Rethinks E-Learning (Pub Perspectives)
The publisher is launching new experiments in adaptive learning in the K-12 space. As CEO Linda Zecher put it at Digital Book World 2015, “The more that we can do with our content and use technology to make it smarter, the better off we are.”
Related: Four Digital Publishing Questions for Linda Zecher
In Defense of Full Fathom Five (Medium)
An author publishing his first novel with the controversial publisher headed up by the equally controversial James Frey explains why he left the traditional publishing world in order to try his luck with Full Fathom Five.
Regan Arts Readies First Titles (Pub Lunch)
Details on the first batch of titles new imprint run by Judith Regan are accruing steadily. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s already known to be on the horizon.