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People: BISG Honors

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) named their industry award recipients on Friday. The Most Valuable BISG Volunteer Award Kempton Mooney, Nielsen Book, for his work as the first chair of the Thema Working Group Industry Champion Award Bill Kasdorf, Apex Content Solutions, for his work as chair of the…

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Trade Stays Flat As Children's Sales Remain Strong

The AAP released monthly sales statistics for both April and May, confirming a trend of flat overall trade sales propped up by a few children's/YA market hits. Total trade sales for $491 million in April (up $4 million from a year ago) and $525 million in May (up $2 million).…

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UK Publishers Association Asks Government to Investigate Unnamed eBookselling Monopoly

UK trade group the Publishers Association issued "an eight point plan for growth" in book and journal publishing with recommendations for the government. The one drawing the most attention is a very polite, British request to consider whether having one company dominate ebookselling and online bookselling is a good idea.…

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People, Etc.

Lisa Gallagher will join DeFiore and Company on November 3, after five years as an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. In the Penguin Random House sales department,  Lauren Monaco has the new assignment of vp, director of sales, paperback and Berkley/NAL, Penguin Publishing Group. Hank Cochrane serves as vp, director of sales development, trade paperback &…

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iOS8 Launch Gives Apple A Second Bite At Building iBooks

The new iPhones become available on Friday, but it is today's release of Apple's iOS 8 (at 10 am Pacific Time) that may present the company's biggest opportunity since the debut of iBooks in 2010 to build a meaningful market presence for their ebookstores. As originally disclosed in June, for…

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Amazon Pays Over $500K to Kindle "All-Stars"

As we first discussed in late July, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program -- which relies heavily on the 500,000-plus self-published books that are exclusive to Kindle -- has put additional scrutiny on how much the retailer will pay those authors to retain their loyalty as direct sales are converted into…

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European Court Approves Lower Taxes for eBooks; Management Buyout At Book People

Long after Luxembourg and France decided for themselves, the European Court has ruled that it really is ok for individual countries to charge lower Value Added Tax rates on ebooks. Reduced VAT was always allowed on printed books, but the statute never mentioned ebooks -- which most countries took to mean…

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People

Publisher of the Red Wheel/Weiser imprints since November 2000 Jan Johnson is stepping aside from day-to-day management responsibilities to become publisher emerita. Johnson says, "I've worked in book publishing since 1972, which kind of seems like the dark ages now. There have been so many exciting and unforeseeable changes over…

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Digital Briefs: Kobo In Holland, Public Radio/TV eBook Premiums, and More

Kobo has had a Dutch ebookstore since early 2012, launched in cooperation with local retailer Libris Blz, and now they have partnered with Bol.com, "the largest provider of ebooks in the Netherlands and Belgium." BookShout has an agreement with premium supplier Forest Incentives that will enable public radio and TV…

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Vook Acquires Byliner

After months of looking for a buyer and barely operating in the meantime, Byliner.com has been acquired by Vook. The purchase is somewhat of a full-circle pivot for Vook, which began in 2009 by producing "enhanced" ebooks with embedded videos. In the announcement, the company says, "With the acquisition of…

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