Thursday News: Harper Collins earnings, Amazon dominating subscription services, Joss Whedon leaves Twitter, and hilarious sex-ed quiz
Total revenue at HarperCollins rose 14% for the third quarter ended March 31, 2015, while EBITDA increased 6% over the comparable period in 2014. Excluding HC’s 2014 purchase of Harlequin, however, third quarter sales were down 5% and EBITDA dropped 8% compared to the prior year, parent company News Corp reported Tuesday afternoon.–Publishers Weekly
According to the Codex Group’s April 2015 consumer survey, 12.4% of ebook buyers also have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. In comparison, only 1.4% of respondents reported that they had a Scribd membership, and even fewer were paying for Oyster.
The report also showed that Amazon’s subscriber base grew by 10% between November 2014 and April 2015, while the customer base of its smaller competitors fell by an average of 30% over the same period. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
Now for part two of the post, what’s up with the fact that some of the same paragraphs appear in this Buzzfeed story, written by Adam Vary, and this Verge story, written by Rich McCormick. The Buzzfeed story is longer, but otherwise it’s very odd.
“That is horseshit,” he told BuzzFeed News by phone on Tuesday. “Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.
“I saw a lot of people say, ‘Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!’ It’s like, Nope. That didn’t happen,” he continued. “I saw someone tweet it’s because Feminist Frequency pissed on Avengers 2, which for all I know they may have. But literally the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out was [Feminist Frequency founder] Anita [Sarkeesian].” –Buzzfeed and The Verge