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Penguin Random House merger approved

Penguin & Random House - BBC

The proposed merger of Penguin and Random House has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission. Brussels said the merged business - which will be the world's largest book publisher - would not raise competition concerns, because it will "face several strong competitors".


It’s the Economy: What the Penguin-Random Merger Says About the Future of the Book Business

When you see a merger between two giants in a declining industry, it can look like the financial version of a couple having a baby to save a marriage. At least that was my thought when Random House and Penguin, two of the world’s six largest publishers, announced that they were coming together last month. Ever since Amazon began ripping apart the book business, the largest houses have been looking for a way to fight back. If this merger is any indication, they have chosen an old-fashioned strategy: Size.


Bertelsmann and Pearson to Merge Book Businesses

Penquin Random House

Education and publishing group Pearson Plc and Germany's Bertelsmann said on Monday they have agreed to combine their publishing divisions, Penguin and Random House, with Bertelsmann holding the upper hand in the new entity.


Media Decoder Blog: News Corporation Is Said to Bid for Penguin

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the parent company of HarperCollins, is exploring a cash bid for Pearson PLC’s Penguin book division, a step that could ignite a bidding war for Penguin as the publishing industry begins to move toward consolidation.


Google, publishers settle book-scanning dispute

Google and U.S. publishers have settled a longstanding dispute over Google's book-scanning project. A lawsuit filed by authors remains, though, leaving the project in question.


Get Ready for e-Book Price Cuts


Cheaper e-books from three publishers could return within one to three months, in the wake of a judge's approval this week of the antitrust settlement between the publishers and the Justice Department.


Publishers to pay $69 million over e-book price-fixing allegations


Three major U.S. e-book publishers have agreed to a deal that will see them pay a significant sum for alleged e-book price-fixing. Connecticut State Attorney General George Jepsen yesterday announced that he, "along with 54 attorneys general in other states, districts, and U.S. territories," have signed a $69 million deal with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, and Simon & Schuster (which is owned by CBS, the same company that publishes CNET) to settle antitrust claims over an alleged conspiracy to artificially inflate e-book prices.


$7,000 Fine for Sharing “WordPress For Dummies” on BitTorrent

Wordpress for Dummies

A New York federal court has ordered a rare default judgment in favor of John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers. Robert Carpenter from Poughkeepsie, New York, has been ordered to pay the publisher $7,000 in damages for sharing a copy of “WordPress All-in-One For Dummies” on BitTorrent. According to Judge William Pauley, the man is guilty of both copyright and trademark infringement.


Six-year Google Books spat ends

Google Books

Google has reached a deal with a publishing group to allow the scanning and publishing of books online - ending a six-year legal battle. A court ruled in 2009 that the search company was in breach of copyright infringement after it digitised a number of French books.


Barnes & Noble Objects to E-Book Settlement

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble told the U.S. Justice Department that a proposed price-fixing settlement with several major book publishers will hurt the company and consumers.


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