Today in books and publishing: Apple and publishers settle with EU anti-trust regulators; Nate Silver gets a book sales bump; R.I.P. Patrick O'Connor; hallucinating with Oliver Sacks.
Amazon wins in EU e-book price-fixing settlement. It's been looking like Apple and four major publishers would agree to ease pricing restrictions on their e-books in Europe for some time, and now the anti-trust case is finally coming to a close. Reuters' Foo Yun Chee cites two sources for her exclusive report, maintaining that EU antitrust regulators and Apple's agency-pricing cohort have reached a settlement. "It's certainly another win for Amazon," says Smashwords founder Mark Coker, who distributes his e-books through Apple. "I have not seen the terms of the final settlement, but my initial reaction is that it places restrictions on what publishers can do, slowing them down just when they need to be more nimble." The fight rages on in the U.S. though, with Apple, Macmillan, and Penguin scheduled to contest the DOJ's price-fixing allegations in court. [Reuters]
Nate Silver parlays predictions into big book sales. Everyone seems to agree that if anyone stole Obama's thunder last night, it was FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver, whose statistical model predicted the electoral results just about perfectly. When he knew he'd nailed it, Silver gloated by tweeting a link to his book The Signal and the Noise. Whether they got the idea from Twitter or not, lots of people decided to buy Silver's book last night. On the day before the election, Silver ranked at No. 18 on Amazon's list of best-selling books. As of this writing, The Signal and the Noise is sitting pretty at No. 2. [GalleyCat]