A settlement with three of the five publishers accused by the Department of Justice of price fixing e-books has been approved, opening the door for discounting.
The coming decision from the Department of Justice could mean cheaper e-books for consumers in the USA, which is likely a problem for Barnes & Noble.
As part of austerity measures VAT on e-books has been raised to 21% in Spain, a move that is likely to slow growth in the nascent segment.
Our wide angle survey of the e-book scene in Germany finds the e-book market at 6.2% of sales, but growth in demand, devices and titles promises more to come.
Publisher Blanca Rosa Roca says rampant piracy and inflated e-book prices are keeping Spain’s e-book market from really taking off — but change is on its way.
‘[W]hile everyone won’t be successful, everyone will have the opportunity to be successful,’ says Author Solutions’ Keith Ogorek of emerging self-publishers.
Access not ownership, relationships not transactions and concerns over who owns the channel to market, were all key themes of the 2nd World E-Reading Congress.
Innovative sales and distribution models in publishing will be scrutinized extra carefully going forward, lest they fall prey to the label of collusion.
The London Book Fair is buzzing about alleged e-book price collusion under the agency model. But is this just a result of two colliding worlds?
As if e-books weren’t trouble enough, in France a VAT rate increase of 5.5% to 7% on books forced many booksellers to close for two days to reprice books.