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Judith Regan CEO; Independent Booksellers Lose; App For Kids

Judith Regan CEO

I haven’t seen much about Regan in the news since that debacle with the O.J. Simpson book she tried to get pubbed a few years ago, a book for which she was eventually fired. But she’s back in the headlines and she’s just been named CEO of a new division at Phaidon called “Regan Arts.”

Regan, who has a reputation as a publisher of highly commercial work, was infamously fired in 2006 from her job overseeing an eponymous imprint at HarperCollins, Regan Books, over conflicts with Rupert Murdoch and then HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman after Regan acquired the O.J. Simpson book, If I Did It. Regan’s past hits run the gamut from lauded literary fiction by authors like Wally Lamb to books by celebrities and pop culture fixtures, such as the burlesque dancer, Dita Von Teese, and the talk show host, Howard Stern.

I’ve always found her drive refreshing and I think we need more like her in publishing. You can read more here.

Independent Booksellers Lose

A federal judge, Jed Rakoff, recently dismissed a case with a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers targeting Amazon and the biggest publishers. Judge Rakoff saw no supporting evidence or viable motive to continue. So he tossed it.

“The evasiveness of this allegation is remarkable,” Rakoff wrote in dismissing the booksellers’ claim. “Plaintiffs do not allege an unlawful agreement, only vague ‘oral discussions or agreements regarding the use of restrictive DRM.’ Plaintiffs do not even allege that any such discussions or agreements actually occurred, only that they may have occurred. And plaintiffs do not specify who participated in these hypothetical discussions or agreements, only that they may have involved ‘one or more’ of the Publishers and Amazon.”

You can read more here. The allegation is interesting.

App For Kids

Oxford University has a new App for kids that’s supposed to help them with spelling. It’s interesting because in a way it shows how even the youngest children are going digital instead of print…in spite of all the reports we often hear.

The app features a parrot named Pip who does somersaults when the player correctly places a letter. When the word is misspelled, he squawks and loses a feather. Pip serves as a kind of guide through a jungle of letters and spelling games. The app has more than 3,000 words, all of which were taken from the Oxford’s First Dictionary. The app is Oxford University Press’ first children’s dictionary app.

My prediction is this is the first of many to come, and we’ll see kids reading and learning even more digitally. You can read more here.

Apple Wanted Readers to Pay More for E-books?

I’ve posted about the DOJ lawsuit before, and about literary agents writing letters because they feared a settlement would be “onerous” to publishing as we know it.

And now I’m linking to an article by Manufacturing.net that talks about how Apple allegedly wanted readers to pay more for e-books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote noted in her written ruling that Jobs had made statements that agreements between the publishers and Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif., would cause consumers to “pay a little more” and that prices would “be the same” at Apple and Amazon.com.

The judge noted that Jobs told the publishers that “the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want anyway.”

I’m sure there’s more to come from all this. And it sounds as if Judge Cote isn’t buying any of it.

DOJ Lawsuit with Apple: The Simple Version


I wanted to post something simple about the DOJ’s lawsuit with Apple. I’ve read so much, and so many complicated articles, I thought this one seemed to nail it in a basic sense. There’s also a poll I thought was interesting, especially because I’m with the majority of other people who took the poll. The law is the law and no one is above it, not even Apple, regardless of personal opinions.

This is important because it can change things down the line. The link I found is from the LA Times. As far as explanations go, this is one of the best I’ve seen so far. You can get there from here.