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Simon & Schuster

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

    Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

    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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  2. Simon & Schuster Adds QR Codes to Books, is Half of a Good Idea

    Publisher and mega-company Simon & Schuster has announced that starting this fall they will be adding phone-scannable QR codes to their print books. You might expect that this would give you access to special content, like videos or even a digital version of the book. You'd be half right, as there are some goodies awaiting scanners, but it's mostly to (wait for it) get you to sign up for their email marketing. Lame.

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

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    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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  4. U.S. Files Antitrust Suit Against Apple Regarding eBook Prices

    A month ago, Apple and five other publishers were warned that the U.S. Department of Justice was seeking a case for collusion and price fixing regarding eBook prices. Now, it would seem those warnings weren't full of hot air, as the Department of Justice has officially filed a lawsuit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin, claiming that these publishers colluded to fix eBook prices. Word on the people familiar with the matter street says Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and HarperCollins already settled their suits, but Apple and Macmillan have refused to engage in talks, and deny that they have participated in an collusion to fix eBook prices.

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  5. Department of Justice Warns Apple, Publishers Regarding eBook Collusion and Price-Fixing

    According to a report on The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice has taken notice of eBook publishing and pricing. Federal prosecutors have sent letters to Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins, stating that the Department of Justice is seeking a case for collusion and price-fixing. Aside from potentially reading about a possibly long legal battle, what consumers could expect from this is, intriguingly, lower eBook prices.

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

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    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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  7. Fans Save the Monstrumologist Series

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    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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  8. Lawsuit Accuses Apple and Publishers of Price Fixing to Stunt Kindle's Growth

    Apple, along with book publishers HarperCollins, Hachette, Mcmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster are now involved in a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of colluding to fix prices in order to hurt Amazon's Kindle success. The lawsuit, being brought by a Seattle law firm, suggests that all the parties involved had reason to be afraid of Amazon's pro-consumer pricing scheme for both its hardware and for eBooks. The logic of the case goes something like this: Publishers were concerned about lost profits from the sale of Amazon's eBooks, Apple was concerned that the Kindle could seriously damage the iPad's viability as an eBook reader, and therefore, the two teamed up to fix prices to try and thwart Amazon's eBook endeavors.

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