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Apple Reports Softer iPad Sales, As iTunes Continues Growth

Apple reported third quarter revenue after the close of market on Tuesday, with sales of $37.4 billion (up 6%, largely due to growth in China), and net profit of $7.7 billion. iPad sales of 13.3 million were down 9 percent (from 14.6 million units a year ago), making approximately 227…

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People, Etc.

Lance Fitzgerald will join the Crown Publishing Group as vp, director of subsidiary rights on August 4. Previously he was director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster. Succeeding Fitzgerald at S&S is Marie Florio, who has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights, overseeing rights for all books within the…

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Kindle Unlimited "Bestseller" List Encourages Exclusivity, Works Against Independence

A Monday night check of Amazon's Kindle Bestseller list reinforces what we found in our Monday morning post: Kindle Unlimited looks to be having a significant effect on the etailer's hourly bestseller list, since KU checkouts are being counted as "sales" for bestseller rank purposes. On Monday evening, 42 of the top…

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Hachette Dispute Is Driving Some Amazon Customers Away

One persistent, unanswered question is whether the generally negative press coverage of the standoff between Hachette Book Group and Amazon has had any effect on the etailer. In a recent survey of almost 5,300 buyers (completed July 19), Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group reports finding high awareness of the…

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Unlimited Consequences

It's early days for Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program -- day four to be exact -- but there is already plenty to note among some of the unusual consequences of the program. For Self-Published Authors, The Deal Just Changed, To...? First and foremost is at least some misgivings among self-published…

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Start-up BitLit has announced a pilot program with Harper Collins. The publisher is testing the app that provides a discounted ebook as a bundled offer to a proven print book purchaser or owner on 6 titles for now (Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost, Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison,…

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Jesse Ventura Defamation Trial Highlights Editorial & Marketing of AMERICAN SNIPER

Last Friday both sides in the defamation trial brought by former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura against the estate of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL and author of AMERICAN SNIPER. At issue was an account in the book headlined "Punching Out Scruff Face" that described -- though not by name --…

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Scholastic has hired Lee Peters as svp, strategic marketing for Scholastic Education, reporting to division president Margery Mayer. "Peters will be responsible for helping shape the strategic direction of the division by guiding marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines within a unified Scholastic Education brand." Most recently, he was vp…

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Google Play Grows Again

Google reported second quarter earnings after the close of the market Thursday. The segment in which they report Google Play sales -- "other revenues" -- was up 53 percent compared to a year ago, and up 3 percent from the previous quarter. It comprised $1.6 billion for the quarter. The company said…

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Kindle Unlimited Officially Launches; KDP Select Authors to Share Another $800,000 for July

Amazon officially announced and made live its Kindle Unlimited subscription program, which was previewed earlier this week and which we have written about extensively already. Notably, the announcement does not specify which publishers have opted in by specific agreement (as opposed to having Amazon include some of their books without direct consent;…

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