Interesting News in Publishing – April 2020


Interesting News in Publishing
April 2020

The book industry has been very reactive/accommodating during this challenging time.  Here are but a very few examples of what companies, bookstores, libraries, and even individual authors are doing.

Below this, the Book Publishing Newsletter is segregated, as usual, by Company, Trends, and International.

JK Rowling launches ‘Harry Potter at Home’ hub to entertain amid coronavirus crisis
…Harry Potter book series launched the club in collaboration with partners at Audible, OverDrive, Bloomsbury, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic.
Daily Trust (press release)

James Patterson spearheads fundraising effort for US bookshops
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will distribute the total funds … who is seeking donations of any sum from authors, publishers and readers.

Sesame Street eBooks are free on Amazon, Google Play, and other platforms
…including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo. Google Play only seems to have 95 free titles, but hey, we’re …
Android Police

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Amazon Deprioritizes Book Sales Amid Coronavirus Crisis
In the letter, sent from Amazon Vendor Central to a wide range of its suppliers including at large and small independent publishers, the online retailer …
Publishers Weekly

Amazon Ordered to Limit French Trade to Essential Goods
in several countries, including France, though these still included items such as books.
The New York Times

Coronavirus causes an outbreak of PLAGIARISM on Amazon as scam authors sell books about the …
According to Hoffelder, none of Amazon’s main competitors in the e-publishing industry have the same degree of problems with plagiarized books from …
Daily Mail

Amazon bans sale of most editions of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf
Other Nazi publications including the children’s book The Poisonous Mushroom written by Nazi publisher Julius Streicher, who was later executed for …
The Guardian


Authors Guild Unveils New Model Trade Book Contract
or making inappropriate statements, these moral clauses grant publishers the right to cancel an author’s book without warning or penalty even if the …
Publishers Weekly


Barnes & Noble Education’s CIO on digital transformation in the book industry
Stephen Culver, CIO of Barnes & Noble Education, discusses his role at the company and how his industry must adapt to the evolving needs of …
Silicon Republic

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