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Michael Cader is the creator of Publishers Lunch and PublishersMarketplace.com
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Amazon Publishing Is Firm No. 2 At Kindle Store

Amazon Publishing vice president Jeff Belle reported in his September 2014 update letter that in the US, In the US, "Amazon Publishing now ranks as the #2 publisher on the Kindle platform, based on paid copies (this means royalty-generating copies, and includes books sold a la carte, or through programs such…

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October Picks from Amazon and Costco, December Releases, and More

Amazon's best books of the month for October features Being Mortal by Atul Gawande as their Spotlight pick for the month, and Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl as the Featured Debut. Here are the other picks for month (including another Publishers Lunch Buzz Book you can sample right now, by Marlon…

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People, Etc.

Dominic Myers became head of Amazon Publishing in Europe on September 2, based in Luxembourg but overseeing the UK and German publishing businesses and "launching new offices" they "expand our European publishing efforts."Most recently non-executive director at some consumer-focused startups, he had been managing director of Waterstones in the UK up until it was…

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Osprey Sells 3 Lines; Sykhorse Wins Good Books Auction; Food52 Raises More

In line with our report in June that UK-based Osprey Group was looking to sell non-core components including the Angry Robot fiction line and the ailing Watkins acquisition (along with considering offers for the entire company), the Bookseller reports that the company has indeed sold Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish…

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Ellora's Cave Sues "Dear Author" and Its Creator, Alleging Defamation

On Friday, Ellora's Cave and Jasmine Jade Enterprises filed suit in an Ohio state court against the Dear Author blog and its author Jennifer Gerrish-Lampe (writing as Jane Litte), alleging that a September article about the publisher "made false and defamatory statements concerning the companies' financial stability and practices, insinuating…

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Lee Child On Authors United and Amazon: "it’s a thus-far-and-no-further thing for me. I don't want Amazon to be the only publisher."

Lee Child took up Joe Konrath's invitation for an Authors United signatory to explain their thinking further by sending a written statement for posting on Konrath's blog. The original post was broken into pieces (so that you could only read Child's remarks with Konrath's responses interspersed), but it has been…

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Sales Rise, But So Does the Seasonal Loss At Scholastic

In Scholastic's fiscal first quarter, ending August 31, sales rose $7.5 million, up less than 3 percent at $284 million, but their seasonal loss rose more -- increasing by the same amount, at $53.4 million, and 16 percent higher than the loss a year ago. (The company generally has a…

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People

Julia Cheiffetz will return to HarperCollins as executive editor for Dey Street Books, starting October 6. She had been editorial director at Amazon Publishing until recently, prior to which she worked at Harper and Harper Studio. Another longtime Amazon executive announced plans to leave the company. Bill Carr, 47, has…

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Awards: Piketty Leads FT/McKinsey Shortlist

The nominees for the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award were announced Wednesday afternoon. The winner will be named November 11. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (Norton) Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces…

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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle Unlimited In UK, At £7.99 A Month

On Wednesday Amazon launched their Kindle Unlimited subscription program in the UK, charging more on a relative basis, priced at £7.99 a month (or a little over $13, or 30 percent more than the US version). The offering is otherwise very similar to the US version, featuring a licensed deal…

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