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Digital Startups Bought and/or Closed in 2014

With our story on the closing of Atavist Books, it's helpful to examine the larger picture of the digital publishing start-up space. In response to a reader query, here is a look at 2014 activity, which breaks into two categories: Companies acquired and/or closed in distress or decline, and those acquired…

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Bertelsmann Makes Big Educational/Training Software Purchase

Bertelsmann has agreed to acquire North Carolina-based educational software firm Relias Learning, paying in the "mid-hundreds of millions" of dollars to buyout firm Vista Equity Partners. Two sources tell Reuters that translates into roughly $540 million. Relias produces employee training software that is used by over 4,000 organizations, primarily in health…

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Apple Celebrates Another Big Quarter

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter results after the close of the market on Monday, with a strong launch of the new iPhones moving over 39 million units and taking company sales to $42 billion for the quarter, up 12 percent compared to a year ago. iPad sales declined 13 percent…

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People: Green to ICM, and More

Following the dissolution of Jeff Berg's start-up agency Resolution, veteran agent Rich Green has joined the media rights department of ICM, based in Los Angeles. Green was at CAA for 9 years before joining Resolution, and worked at UTA prior to that. He has represented authors including Jonathan Franzen, Matthew Quick, Chuck…

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Atavist Books to Close At the End of the Year

Atavist Books, the digital-first book publishing joint venture founded and funded by IAC and film producer Scott Rudin, will shut down operations on December 31 and no longer publish new works. The software and media enterprise The Atavist will continue, however, and will take over Atavist Books' assets along with IAC --…

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Simon & Schuster and Amazon Agree to Multi-Year Renewal, With Agency Restored

As the Hachette Book Group remains in a standoff over contract renewal terms with Amazon, Simon & Schuster has reached agreement on a multi-year deal for both ebooks and print books. The deal also covers S&S distribution clients. (Word of a renewal was first reported online briefly on Monday afternoon by…

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Krugman Takes On Amazon

You probably don't need us to tell you about Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman's latest piece: "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America." Indirectly answering his NYT colleague Joe Nocera, who wrote, "Amazon plays rough,…

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People

Open Road announced a number of promotions in its marketing department. Allison Underwood has been promoted to director, digital marketing & analytics. Laura DeSilva has been promoted to senior marketing manager, while Amy Grillo moves up to senior merchandising manager. Jack Palmer has been promoted to marketing & analytics manager,…

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Appeals Court Sends Georgia State eReserves Case Back to District Court

The complicated Georgia State University court case exploring the extent to which educational fair use applies to digital excerpts continues, with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning portions of Judge Orinda Evans's 350-page ruling from 2012 and remanding the case back to Judge Evans. Finding that "the District Court's…

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Amazon, Hachette and Authors: The Complete Tamblyn Tweets

While admitting that "Amazon is a competitor" (whose quest for exclusivity is a particular competitive problem) and Hachette is an "important" supplier, Kobo President Michael Tamblyn took to the virtual podium on Twitter Friday morning to offer "32 Short Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors": 1. Indie authors take note: Amazon is, among…

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