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World Book Night Day Is Here

World Book Night US reports that it has recruited more 29,000 givers to hand out 580,000 free books today. Aligned with Shakespeare's birthday, this year's efforts include distribution of thousands of free copies of Shakespeare's Sonnets to be distributed at schools, and seats at four Broadway plays in New York.…

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Researchers Document How Imposing Sales Tax Reduces Amazon's Sales

A research paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research prepared by three professors at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business documents the finding that when states adopt sales on online purchase, "households reduce Amazon exenditures by 9.5 percent." At least their direct Amazon purchases -- since at the same…

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Maria Ribas and Paul Lamb have joined the Howard Morhaim Literary agency as literary agents. Ribas was an associate editor at Adams Media and will continue to focus on cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, parenting, and humor. Lamb was most recently senior marketing manager at Viking, and will focus on representing…

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David Foster Wallace Trust Objects to Forthcoming Film

In a joint statement, the David Foster Wallace Trust, along with the late author's relatives and his publisher Little, Brown, indicated their disapproval of the movie-in-progress "The End of the Tour," based on David Lipsky's 2010 book ALTHOUGH OF COURSE YOU END UP BECOMING YOURSELF. The film, which stars Jason…

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Kensington publisher Laurie Parkin intends to retire on May 30 after 15 years in the position, and 30 years in publishing. Company ceo Steven Zacharius says: "Laurie's love of publishing and selling books has been a driving force behind Kensington's success during a period of immense change in the industry. Laurie's leadership,…

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Taste Barnes & Noble College's New Yuzu

A yuzu is a hybrid citrus fruit with curiously high ratio of seeds to juice -- which makes it the perfect name for Barnes & Noble College's new textbook app: "Yuzu is a next-generation digital education platform that enhances the everyday learning experience and makes college the rewarding journey it’s…

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New Tracking: Self-Published Bestsellers

With self-published ebooks regularly claiming at least some positions on major bestseller lists, we wanted to move past random data points to some kind of regular monitoring. After weeks of private experimentation, we are ready to make our new process transparent. Tapping our existing stream of aggregated bestsellers lists at…

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People, Etc.

Joel Scotkin has joined Open Road in the new role of chief technology officer, reporting to ceo Jane Friedman. Scotkin was previously ceo and founder of the technology consulting firm Random Walk and later ceo and lead investor in Masten Space Systems, a start-up focused on reusable space travel. Michelle…

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Barnes & Noble Stock Falls 12 Percent; Riggio Reflects

Barnes & Noble stock fell almost 12 percent on Thursday following the disclosure of chairman Len Riggio's big sale of 3.7 million shares, reducing his stake to roughly 20 percent (down from 30 percent at the beginning of December). Trading finished at $16.37 a share on heavy volume of 9.4…

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Indies Choice Winners: Atkinson, Marra, Rowell and More

The Indies Choice Award winners (and related ABA-selected E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners) were named, for formal presentation at BEA. Additionally, indie bookstore benefactor James Patterson will be honored with the Indie Champion Award. The winning books and authors are: Adult Fiction Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur…

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