Author Solutions & Smashwords Sign Ebook Distribution Deals With Sony

Sony Electronics has signed deals with self-publishing behemoth Author Solutions and ebook platform Smashwords to distribute their ebooks through Sony’s own online epub portal. This has the potential to be a huge step forward for self-publishing authors using the family of companies owned by Author Solutions. They include iUniverse, AuthorHouse, Xlibris, Trafford and Wordclay. Exact […]

CreateSpace Launch Self-Publishing Packages

It seems CreateSpace have decided to go down the same avenue of marketing their services as Lulu. Although CreateSpace offered many individual services to authors – their focus has shifted to the familiar self-publisher packages. While CreateSpace say the packages offer significant savings to authors when compared to their individual prices for each service – […]

Google Book Settlement – When Fairness Becomes Status

As widely expected Judge Denny Chin has acceded to the request of the plaintiffs in the Google Book Settlement case and agreed to put back the date for the Fairness Hearing scheduled for October 7th. However, in its place, Judge Denny Chin will instead preside over what is now being declared as a ‘status conference’ on the same date. […]

Opposition Group Declare Google Book Settlement ‘is dead’

Lawyers representing the US Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers in the Google Book Settlement have formally requested the US Federal Court to postpone the date for the Fairness Hearing scheduled for October 7th. This follows last week statement by the US Justice Department that the Google Book Settlement should be rejected. Instead, […]

Federal Court Judge To Decide on Google Fairness Hearing Format

Federal Court Judge, Denny Chin, presiding over the Google Book Settlement fairness hearing, scheduled for October 7th, has received in the region of 400 objection submissions to his office up to the deadline last week. With this amount of objections, Judge Chin has indicated he may have to consider imposing limitations on the amount of […]

Hachette Livre Form POD Partnership With Lightning Source

Lightning Source, the global provider of physical and digital services to the book industry, are teaming up with Hachette Livre France to create a large print on demand operation based at Hachette’s distribution. The POD service will have the potential to provide any books on their database to the French book market. Hachette hope to […]