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Bonnier Acquires UK's Igloo Books

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books on undisclosed terms, adding £30 million in annual sales to create a group with £85 million in sales focused on children's books and adult fiction. The company says it will make them "one of the five largest children's publishers in the…

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PW's Top 10 Books

PW published their annual list of the 10 best books of the year, a selection that includes three works in translation: Nonfiction On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss (Graywolf) Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright (Knopf) Limonov, Emmanuel Carrère, trans. by John Lambert…

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New Google Play Features Aim to Improve Nonfiction eBook

On Thursday morning Google Play Books introduced an update to their reading app providing "a redesigned reading experience that’s optimized for nonfiction books" with feature improvements meant "to solve the ever more challenging reference book" in digital form. Their new "skim mode" makes it easier to skim across an entire…

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Blurb to Launch Recommendations for Independent Publishing Experts

In a little over a week, on November 7, self-publishing platform Blurb will go live with a programmatic answer to one of their most persistent customer requests: Recommendations for freelance publishing professionals. Known as the Dream Team, to be featured under a "Hire an expert" navigational tab on their site,…

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Advance Look: NYT's Top 10 Picture Books for 2014, and Goodread's It Book Search

The New York Times Book Review announced its list of the year's 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books, though they will not be featured in print until the November 19 issue. Their picks are: Draw!, written and illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster) Shackleton's Journey, written and illustrated by William Grill (Flying…

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Vigliano to Sell Agency to Burkle-Backed AGI

The NY Post reports that literary agency David Vigliano is selling his company to Ron Burkle's Y Entertainment Group. Vigliano Associates will be integrated with Artists Group International to form AGI Vigliano Literary, with Vigliano running the literary group. (AGI describes itself as a "live entertainment agency that books an expansive roster of musicians,…

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People, Etc.: Bush On Bush, and More

Crown has announced rollout plans for 41: A PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER by former president George W. Bush . CBS News will broadcast the first interviews, conducted by Bob Schieffer, on Sunday, November 9 -- first on "Sunday Morning" and then on "Face the Nation." The Today show will feature the author…

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Barnes & Noble to Close One Queens Store -- And A Few Others

Media attention helped extend the presence of Barnes & Noble in the Bronx as the borough's last remaining bookstore, but now the company says they will close one of their three Queens locations at the end of the year. BN indicated they were unable to negotiate a new lease for…

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Lagardere Boosts Stake In Russia's Azbooka-Atticus

Hachette Livre announced that it has increased its stake in Russian publisher Azbooka-Atticus, growing their 25 percent interest to a 49 percent holding in the company.Azbooka-Atticus is Russia's third largest publisher, publishing 2,000 titles a year, with Hachette reporting annual sales of over $50 million. The company says in the announcement, "The…

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Amazon Acquires Audio Content Producer Rooftop Media for Audible

Amazon has acquired Rooftop Media, a ten-person company that records comedians in performance and licenses digital rights to thousands of hours of broadcast and recorded comedy, Reuters reports. (The acquisition was not announced by the company itself.) Rooftop will become part of Audible.com, which Rooftop ceo Will Rogers says "is…

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