HarperCollins Publishers Posts

Justice Department Proposes Ceasing Of Apple E-Book Deals For 5 Years

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The Justice Department and 33 attorney generals gave Apple proposals on Friday to make up for e-book price fixing.  One of the most reasonable settlements was a five-year ban on making e-book distribution contracts with the five major publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster.
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“Where The Wild Things Are” Sequel On Kickstarter Gets A Takedown Notice

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“Where The Wild Things Are” is a children’s picture book written by Maurice Sendak that was originally published by Harper & Row.  The book has been adapted into an animated short and a feature film.  The book sold over 19 million copies as of 2009 and 10 million of those were in the United States.  Unfortunately, Sendak passed away on May 8, 2012.

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Facebook CEO Randi Zuckerberg To Publish “Dot Complicated” Book In November

Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has signed a two-book deal.  HarperCollins announced earlier this week that Randi will be publishing a memoir titled “Dot Complicated.”  She is also publishing a children’s story. ”Dot Complicated” is scheduled to arrive on November 5th.  The book will be about Randi’s time as Facebook’s marketing director up to around the time she became a mother in 2011.

Amazon.com Notifies Kindle Users That They May Receive A Refund On E-Book Purchases

Amazon.com has started to let Kindle users known that they may receive a refund on e-book purchases due to the settlement made for price-fixing by the major publishers.  The message was sent to users “in most U.S. states and territories.”  A $69 million fund was created by Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.    The Attorney General is estimating that the refund will amount to $0.30 to $1.32 per e-book.  The e-books must have been purchased between April 2010 and May 2012.

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Three Major Publishers Make $69 Million E-Book Settlement, But Apple Still Remains In Lawsuit

Three of the publishers that are involved in the antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department have made settlements.  About $69 million will be paid to consumers as a result.  The three agencies that made the settlement include Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.  They will issue payouts and have agreed to terminate agency pricing contracts with publishers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Apple Criticizes DoJ Over E-Book Collusion Trial

Apple has criticized the U.S. Department of Justice over a settlement that was made with several book publishers as part of an ongoing trial that revolves around price fixing.  Apple is arguing that a settlement would nullify their existing contracts with companies like Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster before a witness could be called in to testify and before the court has reviewed the details of the case.

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Apple Officially Says They Are Not Colluding With The Publishing Industry


Apple has officially responded to the lawsuit brought on to them by the U.S. Department of Justice. Below is a statement from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr.
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U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Apple


The U.S. Justice Department had filed a lawsuit against Apple, Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster in the New York District Court claiming that they have been colluding on e-book price fixing. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette is rumored to have settled their lawsuits, but Apple and Macmillan refused to engage in settlement talks.
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