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July's Best from Amazon and iBooks

Indie Next No. 1 pick for July The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck makes both the Amazon and iBooks "best books of July" lists as well. (Barnes & Noble abandoned monthly lists some time ago -- but they did roll out their revamped web site on Tuesday, with some downtime.)…

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Appeals Court Upholds Verdict Against Apple, with Notable Dissent

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Apple's appeal of the verdict finding them guilty of antitrust violations in launching the iBookstore, upholding District Court Judge Denise Cote's initial finding. Judge Debra Ann Livingston writes the majority opinion in the 2-1 ruling: "We conclude that the district court's decision…

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Disney Division that Includes Publishing Merges with Interactive Unit

Disney announced that their Consumer Products and Interactive divisions will be combined into Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), run jointly by co-chairs Leslie Ferraro (also president of Disney Consumer Products) and Jimmy Pitaro (also president ofDisney Interactive). The company says the move is "in response to changing consumer preferences in a marketplace increasingly influenced by…

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Book Sales Fell Slightly at Barnes & Noble, As Nook Shed Employees

Barnes & Noble filed their full annual SEC report, subsequent to their basic earnings release last Thursday, which offers more specific details about the company's performance. Perhaps most relevant are the breakdowns on sales at the BN Retail unit. As reported last week, overall sales in this division decreased $186.9 million in…

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A Price for BN Education

On Monday Barnes & Noble [BKS] filed another revised prospectus for the upcoming spinoff of Barnes & Noble Education [BNED], telling investors just how much stock they will receive: For every single share of Barnes & Noble Inc. stock owned, investors will 0.632 shares of BNED common stock. Ultimately the stock…

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People, Etc.

Sara Sargent will return to Harper Children's on July 13, in the new position of executive editor, reporting to Kate Jackson. She will acquire teen, middle grade and picture book fiction and nonfiction titles "created from or around digital and social media content. Sargent was most recently at Simon & Schuster, Robert Bolick is joining the International Baccalaureate…

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Barnes & Noble Finishes with Soft Quarter

Barnes & Noble reported fourth quarter fiscal 2015 results on Thursday morning, more or less in line with analysts' expectations, losing $19.4 million (37 cents a share) on sales of $1.184 billion. Sales fell in all three divisions and were down $138 million (or 10.4 percent) compared to a year…

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Scribd Takes Over Librify; Google Ventures Backs Personalized Children's Publisher

Scribd has acquired social reading ebook retail platform Librify. Founded in 2013 by Joanna Stone Herman, Ingram Content Group Ventures was among Librify's funders, and their primary retail relationship was with Target. Scribd ceo Trip Adler said in a statement, "We value Librify's focus on the social reading experience and…

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People, Etc.

Jeff James will join Thomas Nelson as vp, marketing for Nelson Books on June 29. Previously he was the founder and ceo of Mythology, a marketing consulting practice for Fortune 500 firms. Steven Sussman will join Skyhorse as director of sales on June 29. Previously he was director of sales…

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Amazon's Best of 2015 So Far

Amazon has posted their traditional lists of the "best books of the year so far" in 17 categories, selected by the site's editors. (Three of their Top 10 were first previewed prior to publication in our Buzz Books samplers; check out the new fall/winter free Buzz Books ebooks to preview some…

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