Friday, December 19, 2014

The Roundup with PW including Macmillan Reaches Amazon Deal

Macmillan Reaches Amazon Deal, Will Try Subscription Services
In a letter sent to authors, illustrators and agents today, Macmillan CEO John Sargent said the company reached a sales agreement with Amazon last week for e-books and print books. Sargent added that since Amazon has a 64% share of its e-book sales, Macmillan will soon sign with subscription services to broaden its distribution channels. more »

Dohle Reflects On a Year 'Combining Two Great Legacies'
In his annual year-end letter, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle focused on the merger that has created the largest trade publisher in the world. On the bringing together of Penguin and Random House--announced in late 2012, and completed July 1, 2013--Dohle thanked his staff for the “impressive feat” of “combining two great legacies.” more »

Apple Claiming Virtue: Vauhini Vara at the 'New Yorker' asks: Did Apple fix e-book prices for the greater good?

Thalia 'Off the Market': Less than four weeks after Advent appointed the investment bank Macquarie to find a buyer for its German bookselling operation Thalia, the U.S. investor has reportedly taken the chain off the market because none of the interested parties was prepared to pay the asking price.

Strand Staffer Favorites of 2014: These are the 11 books Strand's booksellers loved most this year.

Amazon Workers in Germany Extend Strike: Amazon staff at German warehouses extended a strike on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over better pay and conditions, but the online retailer promised it would be able to deliver Christmas orders on time.

Amazon Rolls Out Prime Now: The online retailer announced Prime Now, which offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials to Prime members through a mobile app. The service launches in Manhattan today, with plans to expand to additional cities in 2015

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