The New York Times Book Review is modernizing under the editorship of Pamela Paul, who was appointed to the positon in early April. The section announced three changes in a new column in this Sunday’s issue (it was posted online today). Starting this weekend, the e-book bestseller list, which first joined the printed list in early 2011, will be online only. Additionally, book prices will no longer be included for any books.
Print to Pixels
In preparation for the e-launch of the e-release of Thomas Pynchon’s entire e-canon on e-book, Penguin commissioned Brooklyn graphic designer team CHIPS (Full disclosure: They are awesome and you should check out all their other great work,) to create a book trailer that would encompass every novel written by the reclusive, hyper-literate author. Here’s what they came up with, under the creative direction of Michael Beirut at Pentagram:
Print to Digital
HarperCollins has filed a lawsuit against digital publisher Open Road over the e-book version of Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Award-winning children’s classic Julie of the Wolves. Originally published in 1972 by HarperCollins, Open Road arranged to publish an electronic version directly with the book’s author. In a statement, HarperCollins spokesperson Erin Crum told Publishers Weekly that “HarperCollins Publishers believes in protecting its exclusive rights. Our contract with Jean Craighead George, the author of Julie of the Wolves, grants us the exclusive digital rights to the book, and Open Road’s e-book edition violates our rights. We intend to take all appropriate steps to protect our exclusive rights under copyright against infringement, in this case and in any instances that might occur in the future.” The e-book still appears to be for sale online.
Print to Digital
At a congressional hearing today, the Justice Department’s anti-trust authorities confirmed they are investigating the way publishers price electronic books for possible violations, reports The Wall Street Journal. In what’s known as the agency model, publishers set the price of books and allow stores like Apple and Amazon to take a 30 percent cut. This differs from the wholesale model used for print books, where publishers set a retail price that bookstores can choose to ignore.
Following a trend established by The New York Times, Vanity Fair and others, The New Yorker has published its first standalone e-book.
Over at Forbes they have uncovered some important tax guidance — a few weeks after it was published, sure, but who reads the tax advisories? The news: e-books are not subject to tax in New York State!
Here’s how the state reached its conclusion:
Petitioner’s e-books are not tangible and do not include Read More
Gone are the days when Vanity Fair had to rush to print a tribute to a fallen star, like Carolyn Bessette Kennedy or Michael Jackson, in the pages of their magazine. As Elizabeth Taylor died late in the month of March and, unlike Bessette Kennedy or Jackson, wasn’t placed on the Read More
Apple to Apple
It’s usually a perk of buying an e-reader that along with the convenience of storing a library in a slim tablet, the prices for the books will be lower. Since the advent of such technology, that’s generally been the case.
The New York Times, however, reports today that Amazon.com is selling certain electronic Read More
Apple announced yesterday that readers have downloaded more than 35 million e-books through its iTunes site, reports eBookNewser. The news came during a press conference that saw the unveiling of a new iPod and a new iPod Nano, both of which will use touch screen technology to encourage more e-book downloads in the future. Read More