Tag Archives: Hachette



The New America Foundation held another excellent program yesterday titled “Amazon’s Book Monopoly: A Threat to Freedom of Expression?” Particularly relevant — this summer the Author’s Guild and the American Booksellers Association filed an appeal to the Department of Justice, asking for an investigation in Amazon’s alleged anti-trust activities. An archived copy of the program can be viewed here. What’s the ... Read More »

A booklover in Paris

Last week, Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy, traveled to France to discuss the U.S. library ebook lending ecosystem at the Salon du Livre (in English, the “Paris Book Fair”). There, he served on a lively digital book panel along with Johanna Brinton, a business development executive from OverDrive and Maja Thomas, who ... Read More »

Why Do Librarians Expect a Fair Price for an Ebook?

Hachette’s recent big price increase coupled with Random House’s large increase earlier this year got me thinking.  Does the publishing community understand why librarians would balk at increases on the order of 100% or 200%? A newly released economic report (pdf), which was written by renowned economists Drs. Stanley M. Besen and Sheila Nataraj Kirby, provides at least part of ... Read More »

Ebooks: Promising New Conversations

By Molly Raphael Earlier this week, I led a four-person ALA delegation to New York to meet with Hachette Book Group and four national organizations that represent authors. Meeting with Hachette was a priority, as we were unable to meet with them on our last delegation trip to New York. But most of our time focused on author groups, to ... Read More »