Justice department defends its e-book antitrust suit

Justice department defends its e-book antitrust suit | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
US antitrust authorities Monday defended their lawsuit accusing Apple and major publishers of a price-fixing conspiracy on e-books, saying the action is “in the public interest.” The Justice Department filed its response in US District Court in ...
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DOJ responds to e-book comments #thecircuit
Washington Post (blog)
In the filing, the department rejected the argument that hampering Apple would allow Amazon to take back a monopoly in the e-book industry. “[The] notion that Amazon will come to exclude competition in e-books and monopolize the industry is highly ...

Apple, Booksellers Oppose Proposed E-book Price-fixing Settlement
Publisher Settles in E-book Price Fixing Case ... The proposed settlement -- between the DOJ and three of five publishers the agency charged in April with price fixing -- is "a threat to ebookcompetition," lawyers for Apple wrote in comments to the DOJ. ... Before the new pricing model, "indie bookstores were concerned that Amazon had a 90 percent share of the growing e-bookmarket, and that this one retailer was selling e-books at a price far lower than indie stores could even purchase these e-books for resale," the ...

Opponents of Apple E-Book Case Say Amazon is Real Threat
PC Magazine
How to Buy an Ebook Reader. The Justice Department today released some of the comments it received regarding the ongoing Apple e-book price-fixing case, and many of those opposed to the deal argued that the alleged price fixing helped stop Amazon's stronghold on the e-book market. ..."Critical comments generally were submitted by those who have an interest in seeing consumers pay more for e-books, and hobbling retailers that might want to sell e-books at lower prices." In its comments, Apple said that the ...

Amazon's the villain, not Apple, e-book sellers say
Not surprisingly, bookstore owners and authors make up a large number of the people who filed comments with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the government's antitrust case against Apple and e-book publishers. The DOJ posted copies ... Mark Childress, author of such books as "A World Made of Fire" and "Crazy in Alabama," wrote: "I am well aware that Amazon's share of theebook business has fallen from 90 percent to 60 percent since the agency pricing model was instituted. In any settlement please ...

A new book looks at Carter, Iran, Obama and the Arab Spring
Washington Post (blog)
It is therefore fortunate to have a new book, which certainly can get the discussion rolling. Ruthie Blum, a former editor at the Jerusalem Post who immigrated to Israel in 1977, has written a book, “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama and the 'Arab Spring.

Margaret Mahy, renowned NZ children's author, dies
... on Twitter; Share on Facebook. Margaret Mahy, one of the world's leading children's authors, has died aged 76. The celebrated writer died in Christchurch this afternoon after a brief illness. As colourful as her books, Mahy was one of New Zealand's most successful writers. Story continues below. ... "A Lion in the Meadow, I suppose, is still a very special book to me because it was the first book I ever saw in print," Mahy told TVNZ's Sunday programme in 2006. "I think I have been a very tradesmanly writer in many ...

DOJ won't back down on Apple, e-book publishers antitrust lawsuit
Washington Post (blog)
In comments filed to U.S. District Court in New York, Justice wrote that critics of the agency's enforcement action have “an interest in seeing consumers pay more for e-books, and hobbling retailers that might want to sell e-books at lower prices.” ...

How David Foster Wallace Prompted a Scalia Book
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Among the legacies of David Foster Wallace, the pioneering postmodernist who produced influential essays, short stories and the novel “Infinite Jest” before his 2008 suicide, count this: Antonin Scalia, author. Or, at least, co-author. “He was a ... “He said, 'Politically, we're not alike at all, but that was really a fascinating lunch,'” says Mr. Garner, who since has written two books with the Supreme Court's iconic conservative, including the just-published “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.” It was a series of ...

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Justice Department fires back at Apple over e-book suit
The Hill (blog)
Justice officials said the companies conspired to set up a new business model, called the agency model, which raised the price of many e-books by about $2 to $3. Under agency pricing, the ... "The end loser of this unnecessary and burdensome regulatory approach will be the American public, who will experience higher overall average e-book and hardback prices and less choice, both in how to obtain books and in what books are available," Barnes & Noble wrote in its filing with the court. The Justice Department ...

DoJ Reviews Comments, Says E-book Deal to Go Ahead
Publishers Weekly
It dismissed critical comments to the settlement as largely being submitted “by those who have an interest in seeing consumers pay more for e-books, and hobbling retailers that might want to sell e-books at lower prices.” ... The DoJ response showed little interest in comments from Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, the ABA and the Authors Guild that the “collusive limits” were a necessary response to Amazon's anticompetitive behavior. ... Pearson Acquires Self-Publishing Vendor AuthorSolutions For $116 Million. 8 ...

Author Margaret Mahy dead at 76
New Zealand Herald
Children's book author Margaret Mahy, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed literaryfigures, died today. Ms Mahy, 76, died in Christchurch ... She has written more than 120 books which have been translated into 15 languages. She has also won many of the ...

New Zealand Herald

Five new and noteworthy books; Children's author Margaret Mahy dies
--New and noteworthy: USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg rounds up five notable bookson sale this week, including Where We Belong by chick-lit queen Emily Giffin, and action-packed Black List by Brad Thor. --'True Believers': Don Oldenburg writes that in Kurt ...


Should Justice Drop the Apple Ebook Lawsuit?
The Justice Department accused them, and Apple, of collusively agreeing to sell booksusing a so-called agency model under which the publishers would set ebook prices and retailers would take a per-book commission — but be unable to compete with each ... “Beginning no later than September 2008, the Publisher Defendants' senior executives engaged in a series of meetings, telephone conversations and other communications in which they jointly acknowledged to each other the threat posed by Amazon's ...


Children's author Margaret Mahy dies aged 76
The Guardian
Her first picture book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969, and Mahy went on to expand her repertoire to encompass fiction for younger children and then for teenagers. In 1980 she became a full-time writer, with more than 100 books to her name ...

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TED's New Ebook App Illustrates Apple iBookstore's Shortcomings
Cult of Mac
Sticking to that ideal, the organization is making the ebooks, which will be released every two weeks, available across a range of ebook platforms including the new TED Books app for iOS devices. The move highlights one ... Is the book you want available from all bookstores and is it cheaper in one store or another (Leatherbound.me is a great way to find out)? ... Ultimately, this is a dilemma for readers, publishers, authors who choose to self-publish, and educators looking to useebooks in the classroom. It's even a ...

First Book hits one out of the park for literacy
New York Daily News (blog)
First Book's funds go toward books for children in low-income households. It partners with publishers who donate their excess ... Last month there was an event with Brooklyn author and artist Peter Brown in Fort Greene's Greenlight Bookstore. All proceeds from children's book sales that day went to First ... She sported a First Book t-shirt and Brooklyn Cyclones baseball cap, and sat next to her parents, who had come all the way from upstate New York for the event. There was baseball to be played, too – the opponent ...

Feds to E-Book Settlement Critics: Haters Gonna Hate
All Things Digital
The federal government is close to finalizing a settlement with three big e-book publishers it has accused of price-fixing. But first, a bit of civic stagecraft: The Department of Justice posted the settlement, invited public comment, and then ignored the public ...

All Things Digital

Author Solutions bought by Penguin Group for $116M
Indiana Daily Student
Penguin Group, one of the world's largest trade book publishers, finalized a deal Thursday to purchase Bloomington-based self-publishing company Author Solutions, Inc., for $116 million. Penguin's London-based parent company, ... Formed in 2007, Author Solutions has since become the world's leading provider of professional self-publishing services, enabling more than 150000authors to publish, market and distribute more than 190000 books in print and electronic formats. “For some time we have been saying ...

Loss of Bookstores Doesn't Translate Into E-Book Growth: Simba Information
MarketWatch (press release)
Data from Simba shows that most consumers continue to buy print books, and the discovery of e-books is still very much interconnected with that of physical content. The report also indicates that the more retail channels consumers have access to, the more ...

Author recounts Braves' 1957 World Series victory
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
The story of that series in the subject of a book by author John Klima entitled 'Bushville Wins: The wild sage of the 1957 Milwaukee Brewers and the Screwballs, Sluggers and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball.' ...

Paterno biography: Can it recover from bad timing?
Christian Science Monitor
“Paterno,” a forthcoming biography of the late Penn State football coach by author Joe Posnanski, has made Simon & Schuster “the latest example of a publisher that is trying to recover when the story behind a planned book changes before publication,” ...

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Justice Department slams Apple, refuses to modify e-book settlement
The Department also pointed to recent ventures by Google and Microsoft as evidence that the e-book market is thriving and that Amazon's dominant position has been overstated. The arguments came as a reply to the 868 public comments that were filed in ...

Self-Published Authors Defend eBook Lawsuit & DOJ Responds - GalleyCat
The First Word On the Book Publishing Industry ... Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is looking for a Publicist- LBYR. next job Smithsonian Books is looking for a Editorial Assistant, Smithsonian Books. next job Candlewick Press is looking for a Publishing Technologies Specialist. see all ... The Department of Justice (DOJ) has responded to a public comment endorsed by 186 self-published authors, a letter defending the DOJ's lawsuit that alleges Apple and major publishers colluded to seteBook prices.


US defends suit on Apple, e-books amid criticism
The filing said authorities acted after e-book prices jumped 30 to 50 percent "virtually overnight" and after an investigation showed the increase "was not the result of market forces, but rather came about through the collusive efforts of Apple and five of the six ...


Debut author launches in Debbie Macomber's 'Family Affair'
Darlene entered the Debbie Macomber/Avon Books Make Your Dreams Come True contest for the opportunity to get her novella published in Debbie's reissued novel Family Affair. She won ... Darlene: One of the most frequent questions I've been hearing is: How did you come to publish a book with NY Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber? We started ... The full-length novel, re-titled Bet You'll Marry Me, will be published by Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins, and be available as an e-book on Dec. 4.


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Book selected for SOKY Reads
Bowling Green Daily News
... according to Kristie Lowry, literary outreach coordinator for Western Kentucky University Libraries. This is the ninth year for the SOKY Reads program, in which the entire community is invited to read the same book and attend discussions and workshops ...

Freakonomics » Fooling Houdini Author Alex Stone Answers Your ...
By Steven D. Levitt
Alex Stone, author of the excellent new book Fooling Houdini, was kind enough to take questions from blog readers – and there were some tough ones! Here are his answers: Q. If you are a highly skilled — but evil — magician, and wanted to ...

Book 'No Higher Power': Catholic Church Paid to Send Obama to ...
By Billy Hallowell
A new book by conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly and American Spectator journalist George Neumayr exposes never-before-seen documents that purportedly show that the Catholic Church supported, and gave monies to, Barack Obama in the 1980s to attend a community ... TheBlaze has secured the alleged documents, which the book says were given to the authors by someone who had access to Church archives and are also presented in the appendix of “No Higher Power.” In the...
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Book review - Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice - we ...
By Regine
Publisher Routeledge says: In an accessible yet complex way, Rebekah Modrak and Bill Anthes explore photographic theory, history and technique to bring photographic education up-to-date with contemporary photographic practice. Reframing ... Bringing together rigorous theory, idiot proof 'how to' tutorials, artistic works that illustrate each concept and method might sound a bit too much for a sole book written by only two authors but somehow, it works. Theory, techniques and ...
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Exclusive: Wattpad makes it easier for authors to go mobile ...
By Laura Hazard Owen
“Cellphone novels” written via SMS are already popular in Japan, but Wattpad says it is the first company to let users publish long-form text from mobile to the Web. In beta tests, the company said “hundreds of stories” were written and ...

Medeia Sharif: Books Recently Read
By Medeia Sharif
Books Recently Read. BIG MOUTH & UGLY GIRL - Joyce Carol Oates Matt has a big mouth and Ursula is considered an ugly girl who's strong, tall, and athletic. They're not friends and don't really have anything in common, but the two of them come together ... This is an intense book that covers mass hysteria, bullying, and friendship. ... This is the third Talli Roland novel I've read, and the authorsure knows how to throw her main characters into the heat of squirm-inducing conflicts.
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New book profiles history of the 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet ...
By Geoff Hacker
In creating this book, we set forth two requirements: First, it should combine elements of the best coffee table books – it must be visually appealing and enjoyable to review, and second, that we be able to distribute the book online in its full form for review free of charge as well as in ... I began a quest with my co-author, Rick D'Louhy, and Phil Fleming to find two special cars from Phil's youth – two Kurtis-Kraft sport cars from Phil's hometown of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – lost to time.
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Book Review: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón | The ...
By Ana
The answer lies in a terrible secret that has lain hidden for two decades, an epic tale of imprisonment, betrayal, murder and love that leads back into the very heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Stand alone ... Cue a few years later and the author published a prequel entitled The Angel's Game. Although ... A small introduction tells us that this is part of a cycle of novels in the same literary universe and this labyrinth of stories “when woven together lead to the heart of the narrative”.
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Flavorwire » Literary Ink: Famous Authors and Their Tattoos
By Emily Temple
For some reason, writers and tattoos don't necessarily spring to mind as a natural pairing — we tend to imagine authors decked out in sleeves of tweed and corduroy, not ink. But more and more authorsare showing off their tattoos nowadays, ...

Publisher agrees to change book cover that looks like a Jack ...
By Jim
Publisher agrees to change book cover that looks like a Jack Daniels bottle. The folks at Jack Daniels recently saw the cover of Patrick Wensink's book, “Broken Piano for President,” and sent theauthor a friendly letter asking him to change his ...

Sandusky Tell-All | Sandusky Book | Sandusky Victim Book | Mediaite
By Alex Alvarez
The column reports that the upcoming book might have something in common with another recent tell-all: Another source says Folio Literary Management's Steve Troha, who worked on Rielle Hunter's recent opus, “What Really Happened: ...

Author, Author at Chicago's Harold Washington Library - ChicagoNow
By Carole Kuhrt Brewer
Chicago, Monday, July 23, 2012. Get up close and personal with some of the literary icons of the 20th century at the new exhibition, Author, Author, opening this Saturday at the Harold Washington Library Center. More than 50 intimate portraits ...
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Flavorwire » 10 Books to Put Hair On Your Chest
Today being the 113th anniversary of the author's birth, we decided to honor him with ... gals of all persuasions, and let us know which books you'd add in the comments. ... after reading this sinister, fantastical book of poems by Brigit Pegeen Kelly. ... Soon you'll be hearing it from all corners: that's some serious literary chest ...

Romance Writers and the 50 Shades of Happy Endings
Huffington Post (blog)
There's a lot to talk about, from the demise of Borders and Barnes & Noble's struggle to the rise of e-publishing and self-publishing. All that will ... They are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Laptops, quick to lend a hand or writing tip to an up-and-coming author.

Will the success of the Nexus 7 fizzle out Kindle Fire 2 Sales?
Good E-Reader (blog)
Barnes and Noble is poised to announce a next generation tablet, Apple might be revealing a 7 inch iPad and even Sony is releasing a new e-reader and Android tablet soon. This is an excellent season for the customer as these companies battle against ...

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I recently went to a book event at a Barnes and Noble near where I live. ... I didn't specifically go to see this writer but I figured, I was there and it would be a good ...

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