Breaking News in US vs Apple DOJ Case!

Breaking news has been released in the United States vs Apple Department of Justice Case! According to a Publishers Weekly article titled, “Apple Loses: Judge Finds Price-Fixing in E-Book Case,” Judge Denise Cote has put an end to the case that has left major publishing houses and Apple in jeopardy.   Her descision was not in favor of the involved publishing companies, Macmillian, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, or Apple Inc.   These companies did, indeed, collude to fix e-book prices in 2010.  “This Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act,” said Judge Cote.  “With Apple’s active encouragement and assistance,” she continued, “the Publisher Defendants agreed to work together to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices, and again with Apple’s knowing and active participation, they brought their scheme to fruition.” 

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Publishing News From the NYTimes

While the publishing industry continues to grow and change, bookworms, professionals and news reporters alike have taken notice.  The following two articles recently published by the New York Times discuss current events taking place in the publishing industry.

 

Boris Kachka discussed the largest book-publishing merger in history in his article, titled “Book Publishing’s Big Gamble.” The PenguinRandomHouse merger, completed on July 1, creates a new publishing landscape.  Kachka lists Penguin Random House as “the world’s first truly global trade book publishing company.” The former “Big Six” publishing houses in the United States has been changed to the “Big Five,”  leaving the door open for other publishing mergers, as well.  With the digital reading revolution changing the field and the recent defeat by Amazon in the antitrust lawsuit over e-book prices, publishers have to find new ways to remain current and gain higher profits- including merging with former competitors.   

 

As Amazon continues to succeed with e-book sales and creations, writer Julie Bosman, sheds light on the collapse of Barnes & Noble’s e-reader operations division.  In her article, “Fork in the Road for Barnes & Noble,” Bosman details Barnes & Noble’s poor, digital earnings report, which led to the announcement that they would no longer create color tablets.  William Lynch, Barnes & Noble’s chief executive, positively spearheaded the digital campaign in January 2012 that lasted only 16 months.   In 2009, the company introduced the Nook, its first black-and-white e-reader and has been Mr. Lynch’s resignation leaves Barnes & Noble in limbo with what to do next.  introducing its first black-and-white e-reader in 2009, and then a line of inexpensive color tablets.  Chairman of Barnes & Noble,   Leonard Riggio, has now taken the reigns and may steer the company back into physical bookstores, much to the happiness of traditional, print readers.

 

The New York Times is a wonderful source of information about events in the publishing industry, as well as for their reknown Book Reviews and Bestseller sections.  Students interested in subscribing to the NYT should take advantage of their College Rate subscriptions- 50% off the original price!

How Well-Read Are You?

Ever wonder how well-read you are?  A recent BookRiot article by Jeff O’Neal, Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder of the site, may be able to answer your question. In “From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books,” O’Neal gives readers a list of books that he believes make an individual “well-read,” including classics like To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and modern bestsellers like The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

 

” “Well-read,” O’Neal writes, “for this person then has a number of connotations: a familiarity with the monuments of Western literature, an at least passing interest in the high-points of world literature, a willingness to experience a breadth of genres, a special interest in the work of one’s immediate culture, a desire to share in the same reading experiences of many other readers, and an emphasis on the writing of the current day.”

 

Click here to see how many books you can cross off O’Neal’s list.  I have 18 read so far and am looking forward to catching up on my new, summer reading list! Comment with your book number and share your thoughts about the titles that made the cut with your classmates!

 

Special thanks goes to student, Miguel Cervantes, for first posting this article in the “Pace Publishing Pack” Facebook group!  If you are a current or alumni MS in Publishing student with an active Facebook account, consider becoming part of the Publishing Pack to learn more about the program and your fellow classmates.

The Two Jane Friedmans

The publishing world has developed a reputation as a small, tight-knit community of professional individuals who share a passion for books.  It is also home to two very successful women with vast knowledge of and experience in the industry.  It just so happens, that they also share the same name- Jane Friedman.  One is the the CEO of a digital only publisher and the other a very popular, publishing blogger and former editor.  Keep reading to learn more about their stories and companies!

 

Jane Friedman, Open Road Media

Jane Friedman is the Cofounder and CEO of Open Road Media.  Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company that markets its ebooks using video content and social media.   Click here to visit Open Road Media’s Blog.  Friedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide for 11 years and oversaw operations in the United States and in countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and India.  She also held many positions at Random House including the Executive Vice President of Random House Inc. Friedman currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Entertainment, Media and Communications Division of the UJA, and is on the boards of many organizations.  Her many awards and honors include being chosen as one of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women by the New York Post, the 2006 Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly, one of The Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch, named one of New York’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by Crain’s New York Business, and included on Vanity Fair’s list of 200 Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers.

 

Jane Friedman, Author of Jane Friedman Blog

Our second Jane Friedman is an editor at the national award-winning magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as a very well known publishing blog writer.  Visit her blog titled, Jane Friedman: Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age, hereSome of her most popular posts include Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published” and  “A Definition of Author Platform.” The blog won the Alliance of Indepdendent Authors for Top Website for Self-Publishers and was one of Writer’s Digests Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013.  “I wear many hats,” Friedman says,”but most people know me as a trusted resource for writers, someone who is clued into the future of the publishing and media industry.”  She also teaches in the Media Studies program at the University of Virginia.  Friedman was also the former publisher of Writer’s Digest, where she worked for over 10 years.  Connect with Friedman on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, as well!

 

 

Written By: Diana Cavallo

Exciting Summer and Fall 2013 Courses!

Haven’t decided on your Summer or Fall 2013 course schedule yet?  Never fear!  A full schedule of courses are being offered!  Click here to view the Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 course schedules. Highlighted below are a few interesting and important classes that you might want to consider registering for.

 

The book and magazine publishing industry has undergone tremendous changes in only a few short years. With the explosion of pure online content sites, interactive tools and ebooks, and media-centric mobile applications on the market, roles that were once more common in technology fields are now becoming standard in publishing houses as well. In the last few years we’ve seen a new role in particular emerge in publishing. Digital product management is no longer just for computer science or engineering majors working in software companies. With user experience, return visits, and content quality becoming the predominate drivers of successful digital media sites and apps, publishing companies are now turning to professionals with traditional liberal arts and publishing skills to help develop engaging media products.  Now the digital project manager – the person who oversees the creation of all of these content-driven sites, tools or mobile applications – often plays a key role in developing all of the kinds of features for publishing companies.  This course will help take the mystery out of technical product development and methodologies, give students hands-on, highly sought after skills, and bridge the gap in ways that publishing professionals can immediately put into practice. This course addresses, in both books and magazines, interactive media content.

 

This course stresses academic publishing. It introduces students to the principles and practices of scholarly, professional, college textbook, school, and reference publishing, and looks at the impact of technology on these segments of the market. The course covers all aspects of the business, from editorial and production to marketing and sales. Students explore current issues and work with a variety of publishing documents such as book proposals, sales sheets, and marketing plans to gain practical insight into these critical tools.  Guest speakers form major publishers will provide insights from the industry.

 

This course will focus on ethics in the publishing industry – both personal ethics and the business ethics dictated by the legal requirements and cultural trends.  How personal ethics are developed and how they might be applied in the workplace will be explored; students will also examine cases of questionable ethics (and criminal offenses) in the publishing industry dealing with fraud, plagiarism, and copyright infringement using specifics both general and specific examples.  Ethics as opposed to compliance and the growth of ethics courses in universities as well as in industry will be examined.  Students will look at how society dictates ethical behavior through religion, philosophy and the law.  The concept of an ethical culture will be examined and applied to the publishing industry.

 

This course examines the strategic methodology of supply chain management; primarily in the book publishing industry. Supply chain models of other print as well as electronic publishing will be discussed. Supply Chain Management is an interdisciplinary subject and students will be exposed to many aspects of publishing – after the original work is completed and ready for publication. The topics this course will cover include: basic economic principles; supply chain models; forecasting and analyzing consumer demand; procurement and global sourcing; inventory planning; ordering and fulfillment; logistics.