Pearson's c.e.o. John Fallon has been forced to defend his position after admitting the company "got it wrong" last year, resulting in revisions to its 2017 forecast and dividend, and the withdrawal of its ambitious £800m profit target for 2018.
Macmillan c.e.o. John Sargent and Nielsen’s Jonathan Stolper kicked off the Digital Book World conference in New York on a positive note about the survival of print, both men reminding us that it could easily have been very different, as the decimated music and video businesses well know.
For the longest time the only way to get an audiobook into iTunes - as an audiobook - was through Audible. Thanks to pressure from European regulators, that has now changed. The WSJ reports: European Union antitrust regulators on Thursday said they welcomed a move by Amazon.com Inc. to end exclusivity obligations for the supply and distribution of audiobooks between the e-commerce giant and Apple Inc. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust watchdog, said the exclusivity obligations required Apple to source only from Amazon's unit Audible and also required Audible not to supply other music digital platforms besides Apple's iTunes store. The agreement between the two companies, which was struck Jan. 5 2017, will improve competition in downloadable audiobook distribution in Europe, the EU said. You can read the European Commission's press release here, and the Bundeskartellamt has also made a statement. The Audible-Apple deal was struck in 2008, before Amazon bought the audiobook company. It gave the smaller company a monopoly which, frankly, reduced competition in the audiobook market. Regulators started investigating this deal in November 2015 in response to a complaint filed by German book publishers earlier that year. At that time physical audiobooks still accounted for 80% of [...]
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Despite challenges from OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, IDPF officials said at a meeting yesterday that they are finalizing plans to join the W3C after an overwhelming vote in favor of the merger last November.
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