Dog-Eared and Dispatched: August 18, 2013This week, the Apple vs. DOJ saga continues with—you guessed it—the plan for even more court hearings in the coming months. While we wait for the final word on Apple’s indictment, New York University student Robert Seamans and Harvard University student Feng Zhu investigate the effect of Craigslist on newspaper revenues, PEN American Center announces its 2013 literary award winners, and Harlequin integrates itself further into the digital sphere with the launch of a series of e-book originals. Lastly, we turn to The Daily Show’s John Oliver for a little laughter and keen perception regarding Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of The Washington Post.
A trial date to determine the damage charges against Apple has been tentatively scheduled for May of 2014, with an August 27 court appearance arranged between Apple and the DOJ to further deliberate the scope of Apple’s indictment. U.S. District Justice Denise Cote, the federal judge who ruled that Apple was in violation of antitrust laws by conspiring with the United States’ five largest publishers to fix e-book prices, will preside over both of these hearings as well. The government and Apple have until December 13 to complete their expert interviews in preparation for the final trial in May. [Reuters, Publisher’s Weekly]
Craigslist has cost U.S. newspapers $5 billion in revenue between the years of 2000-2007, according to a study conducted by business students Robert Seamans (New York University) and Feng Zhu (Harvard). Within this timeframe, Seamans and Zhu calculated that newspapers (excluding The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and U.S.A Today) decreased their classified ad rates by an average of 20.7 percent, increased their subscription price rates by an average of 3.3 percent, and decreased their circulation rate by an average of 4.4 percent. “Your average newspaper in the past received around 40 percent of its revenue from classified and that has basically disappeared due to Craigslist and other online ad sites,” Seamans told Raw Story reporter Agence France-Presse, going on to say, “But we don’t believe newspapers are dying or that Craigslist is leading to the death of newspapers. Newspapers are changing their business models.” [Raw Story]
PEN America—a subset of PEN International, the world’s leading literary and human rights organization—announced the winners of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards this Wednesday. Bestowing on its recipients nearly $150,000 in grants, fellowships, and awards, the contest promotes exceptional writing in fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. [PEN America]
Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, is increasing its presence in the digital domain by launching an e-book originals campaign this year. Under this initiative, Harlequin Teen, Harlequin Mira, Harlequin HQN, and the brand new Harlequin-E will all publish a series of exclusively digital titles. “We’re thrilled to further expand our reach in the digital space,” Executive VP of Harlequin’s Global Editorial Loriana Sacilotto told Publisher’s Weekly, “In a retail environment that’s increasingly challenging for new and emerging authors, digital publication and promotion allows us to continue to encourage author discovery and growth, bring books to market more quickly, leverage popular digital trends and offer authors an outlet for their nontraditional and ancillary streams.” [Publisher’s Weekly]
With all the gloom surrounding Amazon founder and executive chief Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post, The Daily Show sheds a little humor on the subject and, as usual, ends up conveying some insightful commentary in the process. [The Daily Show]