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Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010

Prior to the unveiling of the iPad in late January, the New York Times reported that many publishers were hoping that Apple’s device would resolve their industry’s difficulties transitioning to the electronic book market and “undo mistakes of the past” the same way the iPod and iTunes presented a clear and viable mp3-based business model for the troubled music industry “With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday”, New York Times, 25 January 2010).


The nascent iPad’s influence was visible long before Steve Job’s press conference, most noticeably in the behavior surrounding Amazon.com’s Kindle device, the dominant e-reader currently on the market. Publishers have long chafed at the way Amazon has demanded that certain e-books be priced at $9.99, similar to the way Apple prices albums on iTunes at $9.99, in an attempt to define and dominate the market. In December, Amazon offered Kindles to the employees of publishing houses at a sharp discount in an attempt to assuage bruised emotions over their competitive business practices and shore up a crucial amount of market space within the publishing community before Apple can get there.


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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009

All James Patterson wants for Christmas this year is an IBM Selectric, several drums of teletype paper, and maybe an espresso machine.


The Hachette Book Group announced today that it has finalized terms with the bestselling novelist and children’s book author on a deal that will see Patterson pounding out 17 books ... in three years.


Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hachette reported that 11 of the titles will be aimed at the adult market and will be released by Little, Brown and Company.


Seventeen books ready for delivery between now and the end of 2012 comes down to six books a year. A colleague who delivered the news this morning summed it up best: “Patterson is just going to be giving his audiences first drafts.”


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