Hachette Implements New E Agreements
Hachette Book Group’s new e-book agreements are now being adopted by its e-book agents. Terms are confidential, but in keeping with the settlement with the Department of Justice, agents are free to discount individual titles.
Amazon Creates Kids Subscription Service
Amazon has unveiled Kindle Free Time Unlimited, a subscription service targeted at kids between three and eight. The service offers access to books, games, movies, TV shows, and educational apps. Through it, Prime members can get one child unfettered access to this content for $2.99 per month; a family subscription is $6.99 per month. Those who are not Prime members have the same subscription options, at the higher prices of $4.99 and $9.99.
Ziccardi Leaves S&S
Anthony Ziccardi has left Simon & Schuster, where he was deputy publisher of Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, and Pocket Books.
Thomson Named News Corp. CEO
Robert Thomson, Dow Jones editor-in-chief and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will become the CEO of the new publishing entity that News Corp. is spinning off from its entertainment assets. The new company will retain the News Corp. name.