May 16 2013
Thursday News: Apple withheld app approval from Random House says DOJ; Self published book shortlisted for Commonwealth prize; Trade sales up because of ebooks
Annoying song but fun music video using animated romance covers. Pretty interesting how they manipulated the photos to animate them.
In July 2010, Mr. Jobs, Apple’s former chief executive, told the chief executive of Random House, Markus Dohle, that the publisher would suffer a loss of support from Apple if it held out much longer, according to an account of the conversation provided by Mr. Dohle in the filing. Two months later, Apple threatened to block an e-book application by Random House from appearing in Apple’s App Store because it had not agreed to a deal with Apple, the filing said.
After Random House finally agreed to a contract on Jan. 18, 2011, Eddy Cue, the Apple executive in charge of its e-books deals, sent an e-mail to Mr. Jobs attributing the publisher’s capitulation, in part, to “the fact that I prevented an app from Random House from going live in the app store,” the filing reads.
The newly released documents also quote David Shanks, chief executive of Penguin, as saying that Apple was the “facilitator and go-between” for the publishing companies in arranging the agreement. “
Apple rejects this and argues that it negotiated with each publisher individually. Yes, I can’t wait for the trial to start on June 3. NYTimes.com
“Total e-book sales rose 44.2% in 2012, to $3.04 billion and accounted for 20% of trade revenue in the year, up from 16% in 2011. The gain in e-book sales offset a flat performance by print sales which held virtually even at $12 billion between 2011 and 2012.”
Brick and mortar stores are losing out to online retailers
According to BookStats, sales through online retailers rose 21.3% in 2012, to $6.93 billion, while sales through bricks-and mortar outlets fell 7.0%, to $7.47 billion. Publishers Weekly
“NOOK is closely integrated with Android (hence their recent Google Play feature) and there is no way it could be ported to Windows 8. This was simply something TechCrunch rushed to report with no fact-checking.”
I mean, seriously. HA HA HA. Tech reporting is so damn bad these days. Insider Monkey