Citing ‘a sharp rise in complaints’ about companies that charge writers to produce their work, author-advocacy unions open a study.
US Book Industry: Associations Form Health Insurance Coalition
With research from the Independent Book Publishers Association, members of 11 US-based organizations now are part of a health care insurance program.
Copyright: US Publishers Succeed in ‘Audible Captions’ Case
The success of the AAP in its case against Audible’s audiobook ‘Captions’ may have long-lasting influence on issues of AI and intellectual property.
IBPA Announces James Daunt as Keynote Speaker at April Conference
Even as Seattle loses another Barnes & Noble store, the Independent Book Publishers Association prepares for a conference appearance by James Daunt.
IBPA Backs US Publishers Association in Objections to ‘Audible Captions’
The IBPA has filed a complaint with Audible on behalf of 27 independent publishers that object to Audible Captions functionality.
IBPA Board Votes Against a Collective Exhibit at BookExpo 2019: ‘The Best Decision for Now’
Evaluating the ‘reimagined’ BookExpo 2018, the IBPA board–for 34 years a BookExpo exhibitor–votes to forgo a cooperative booth in 2019, as in 2018: ‘There is little reason for a publisher not part of the traditional eco-system to exhibit on the trade show floor.’
BIC Slams Wrongful Use of Metadata Fields for Book Promotion
Condemned as ‘hugely confusing for the book-buyer’ and the publishing supply chain, the practice of using of subtitle and/or title fields for promotion prompted the UK’s BIC to issue a cease-and-desist message to publishers.
Nine Criteria for Hybrid Publishing from the Independent Book Publishers Association
The IBPA has released a 9-point outline for hybrid publishers with author-subsidized business models to operate reputably and maintain quality standards.
BISG’s Strategic Reinvention Prompts an Updated Board Structure
Reconstituting its board as a leaner group of sector-specific players, BISG adds new advisory assets and a council of associations to its strategy.
Authors Guild Joins Warnings on Amazon’s Buy-Button Policy
Author and publisher groups are protesting a change in Amazon’s third-party sales policy. The retailer says it’s in line with ‘the rest of Amazon.’
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