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Amazon Refreshes Kindle eReaders and Tablets, Adding Kids Tablet

After some leaks at their international stores, on Wednesday evening Amazon announced new ereaders and tablets, all set to ship in October. The new basic Kindle is thinner, adds a touchscreen, and sells for $79, with ads. (That's $10 more than the previous basic model, or 15 percent higher. So the people who fight to control…

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National Book Award Fiction Longlist, and More Awards

The National Book Awards closed out their week of longlists with its ten-book fiction list. Originally slated for announcement on Thursday at 8 AM, the list was first leaked Wednesday evening after 7 PM by the Huffington Post, after which it was posted by the NYT and on the National…

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People, Etc.

Lisa Gallagher will join DeFiore and Company on November 3, after five years as an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. In the Penguin Random House sales department,  Lauren Monaco has the new assignment of vp, director of sales, paperback and Berkley/NAL, Penguin Publishing Group. Hank Cochrane serves as vp, director of sales development, trade paperback &…

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iOS8 Launch Gives Apple A Second Bite At Building iBooks

The new iPhones become available on Friday, but it is today's release of Apple's iOS 8 (at 10 am Pacific Time) that may present the company's biggest opportunity since the debut of iBooks in 2010 to build a meaningful market presence for their ebookstores. As originally disclosed in June, for…

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Amazon Pays Over $500K to Kindle "All-Stars"

As we first discussed in late July, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program -- which relies heavily on the 500,000-plus self-published books that are exclusive to Kindle -- has put additional scrutiny on how much the retailer will pay those authors to retain their loyalty as direct sales are converted into…

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Awards: MacArthur Fellows, Nonfiction National Book Award Longlist

The MacArthur Foundation announced their latest group of 21 Fellows (recipients of $625,000 grants), including graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, poet Terrance Hayes, translator/poet Khaled Mattawa, and playwright Samuel Hunter. The National Book Awards also announced their nonfiction longlist Wednesday. (Notably, the nominees include only one woman; the young people's literature and poetry…

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People, Etc.

Abrams will launch a new gift and stationery imprint, Abrams Noterie, in February 2015. The line, which launches with four product collections and two journals, will comprise guided and blank journals, notecards, postcards, desk accessories, small gift books, and other inventive paper product formats. Overseeing Abrams Noterie is Karrie Witkin, who…

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Longlists: Giller Prize, National Book Award Poetry

Canada's Giller Prize announced their longlist of twelve books: Arjun Basu, Waiting for the Man (ECW Press) David Bezmogzis, The Betrayers (Little, Brown/Harper Canada) Rivka Galchen, American Innovations (FSG/Harper Canada) Frances Itani, Tell (Black Cat (forthcoming)/Harper Canada) Jennifer Lovegrove, Watch How We Walk (ECW Press) Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Tin…

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European Court Approves Lower Taxes for eBooks; Management Buyout At Book People

Long after Luxembourg and France decided for themselves, the European Court has ruled that it really is ok for individual countries to charge lower Value Added Tax rates on ebooks. Reduced VAT was always allowed on printed books, but the statute never mentioned ebooks -- which most countries took to mean…

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Publisher of the Red Wheel/Weiser imprints since November 2000 Jan Johnson is stepping aside from day-to-day management responsibilities to become publisher emerita. Johnson says, "I've worked in book publishing since 1972, which kind of seems like the dark ages now. There have been so many exciting and unforeseeable changes over…

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