Hachette Book Group

A Bankrupt Borders Makes Everyone Poorer, Especially Authors

Beginning as early as the end of the week, 6,000 Borders employees will be out work, and publishers will likely lose millions of dollars in bad debt. Hardest hit will be "midlist" authors -- those whose books aren't bestsellers but still do well enough to justify their

Publishing Puzzle: Chelsea Handler Gets an Imprint

When a book publisher wants to reward an editor's ability to bring in the bestseller bacon -- or sweeten a job offer -- the solution is often a new imprint, ideally one with their name on it. Which explains nothing about why Hachette just gave one to comedy show host Chelsea Handler.

Random House, Hachette Cash In on Bestsellers

Two of the largest publishing houses -- Random House and Hachette -- have demonstrated again that when authors like Stephenie Meyer or Stieg Larsson become big phenomenons, big sales -- and big profits -- are the result. But when a phenomenon starts to wane, red ink can start creeping into the black.

As 'Twilight' Fades, Hachette Sees Its Sales Darken

Profits at Lagardere, the parent of the Hachette Book Group, may have been buoyed for years by Stephenie Meyer's novels, but unlike vampires, the series' high sales couldn't last forever. With no new books from Meyers' first-quarter earnings dropped 6.5% from this point in 2009.

Why Enhanced E-Books Give Agents Headaches

As publishers prepare to release more "enhanced" e-books, featuring audio, video, and unreleased material, the door is opening to headaches about rights and contracts, and puzzling literary agents in the U.S. and Britain.

Amazon War: Hachette Sides with Macmillan

With no end in sight to the war between Amazon and Macmillan, the publisher fighting the retailer's pricing on digital books, rival publisher Hachette is taking Macmillan's side, adopting the agency model and releasing e-books simultaneously with the first print edition.

Amazon Loses First Battle in E-Book War

Macmillan, one of publishing's Big Six, has become the first company to fight Amazon's pricing of e-books. Amazon lost this battle, but it's going to be a long and costly war, with the other five publishers and with Apple, which unveiled its Kindle rival iPad last week.

Publishers Weigh When to Release E-Books

When should an e-book be published? Before the physical copy gets published, or months later, or at the same time? Next year, publishers will increasingly weigh tradition against the tide of consumers who want to read their e-books when they want them, and on any device they choose.