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Simon & Schuster

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Move Over Fifty Shades of Grey, Another Twilight Fanfic Gets A Book Deal

Sitting alone (or with a friend) in your room, coming up with various ways your favorite characters could bump into each other and have sex, did you ever think you’d get paid for it?  Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings will wonder no more. Simon & Schuster have picked up their Twilight fanfiction, The Office, for a two-book deal.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Anti-Trust Suit Against Ebook Publishers That Aren’t Amazon Announced; Amazon Immediately Lowers Ebook Prices

Just a month ago we were talking about the shady things Amazon.com does to use its 60% of the ebook market muscle to make smaller publishers lower prices against their better judgement. We were also talking about how the US Department of Justice had announced that it would be investigating six of Amazon’s competitors in ebook publishing (Apple, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, the Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins) for colluding to set prices in the ebook market. Well, it only took about a month for the DoJ to announce that they had indeed found, in their opinion, enough evidence to prove that the six were trying to fix prices. And it took less than a day for Amazon.com to, seemingly coincidentally, announce plans to push down pricing on its ebooks, from $15 to $10 in some cases.

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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Dep. of Justice May Take Apple and the 5 Biggest Publishers To Court Over Ebook Price Fixing

And we were just talking about Amazon throwing its weight around to get small publishers to lower their ebook pricing even if they think it would be financially against their interests… now the US Department of Justice has warned Apple, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, the Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins that it will be investigating them for possible violations of Anti-Trust Law in their pricing of eBooks.

The case rests on the rules Apple set down for how publishers would be required to publish their books to the iPad, and some significant differences between their rules and the way publishers interact with physical retailers.

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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Fans Save the Monstrumologist Series

Last week, fans of Rick Yancey‘s award-winning YA horror series The Monstrumologist learned that no more books in the series would be forthcoming.  Though critically acclaimed–the first book won the 2010 Printz Award–Simon & Schuster had decided not to continue the delightfully gory, relentlessly creepy saga of a monstrous race of zombie-like creatures known as Anthropophagi, who require human hosts in order to breed.  According to Yancey in an interview with Bookshelves of Doom last week, the publisher cited low sales as their reason for dumping the series after it had filled its contractual obligations to publish just three books.

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