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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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Google Play Maintains Rapid Growth, and More

Google reported third quarter revenues after the close of the market on Thursday, and the company continues to show significant growth in the business segment that includes the Google Play Store. Called "other revenues" by the company (also including their hardware line and their Enterprise software business), the segment had…

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Perseus Realigns Senior Management for Growth; Navratil Departs Running Press

Following the cancellation of the plan to sell the Perseus Books Group to Hachette and Ingram this summer, on Thursday Perseus ceo David Steinberger announced to staff a realignment and streamlining of senior management responsibilities "to position our company for even greater success in the years to come." He tells…

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Grisham Apologizes For Interview Comments

In a written statement on Thursday issued through publisher Doubleday and posted on his website, author John Grisham apologized for remarks he made to the UK's Telegraph in an interview: "Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography -- online…

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Books Sales Fall Again At WH Smith, As Profits Improve

WH Smith reported preliminary results for fiscal 2014, with sales at their High Street stores falling 6 percent to £684 million. Book sales overall fell more, down 8 percent for the year as the "market continues to be challenging" (after declining 6 percent in the previous year). Same-store sales were…

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Warner Bros. Will Make 3 Movies From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. announced future "strategic content plans" at an investor conference on Wednesday that included confirmation they will make three movies out of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. When the "expanded creative partnership" with Rowling was announced a little over a year ago, they simply said that the…

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Eric Schwartz joined the Columbia University Press as editorial director last month. He replaces Jennifer Crewe, who was promoted to president and director of the Press in June. He was senior editor for sociology and cognitive science at Princeton University Press since 2008. Doug Lockhart will join Harper Christian as senior…

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TPG Plans Majority Stake In CAA

The NY Post reports that private equity firm TPG plans to increase their stake in CAA from a 35-percent share to a controlling 51-percent holding. That deal "could be announced within the week, one source familiar with the talks said." The paper's sources say the long-term objective of taking control…

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday morning the finalists were announced for the 65th annual National Book Awards, unveiled on NPR's Morning Edition along with bookseller Mitchell Kaplan from Books & Books. In nonfiction, the most prominent (and commercial) longlisted author left behind was Walter Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS, though the sole female candidate in…

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Today's Amazon News: Kindle Scout, Pop-Up Stores, and More

Amazon officially went live with "Kindle Scout," the service we already reported on that invites writers to submit manuscripts for review by readers and then Amazon Publishing editors, for consideration under a templated publishing deal. (The company has been referring to it as a "reader-powered" publishing program.) They are looking…

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