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Ingram Shows What's Selling Well At Indie Stores; Codex Addresses the "Discovery Gap"

Last Monday's Publishers Launch BEA conference was a packed day of data, insights and news (like the announcement of Tor's DRM-free ebookstore) worth sharing, and now we have a chance to catch up a bit. At the PLC site we have posted slides from five of the presentations so far,…

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The Streams of BEA

BEA show director Steve Rosato reported very preliminary convention attendances numbers on his blog Thursday afternoon in, while arguing that "BEA is what it is." As he explains, the basic "numbers are a given--the question will only be if we are up a few percent or down a few percent"…

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At BEA, Chabon Describes His Portrait of "Lost Utopia"

The Thursday morning BEA breakfast featured authors Zadie Smith, J.R. Moehringer and a personal favorite, admitted "total nerd" Michael Chabon. Kirstie Alley hosted, and Jimmy Fallon provided a quick hello and book plug at the beginning. He read from his second volume of wry Thank You Notes, closing with: "Thank you,…

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Neil Young Shares Glimpses of His "Diary"

Wednesday's lunchtime talk between Patti Smith and Neil Young on the occasion of his upcoming book WAGING HEAVY PEACE -- which he characterized as "not quite a memoir. It's more like a diary and a projection" -- was understandably a major event at BEA. As part of the wide-ranging conversation…

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Teicher Promises New Indie eBook Solution, Calls Again for Letters to DOJ

At the American Booksellers Association's annual meeting at BEA, ABA chief executive Oren Teicher celebrated encouraging membership and indie sales data and reinforced that "I believe this moment in our industry is rich with promise and opportunity." (In addition to the data we have already reported, Teicher declared that across…

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BEA Kicks Off with Colbert, Diaz, Kingsolver and Nesbo

Book Expo America kicked off Tuesday morning's author breakfast with attendees lined up early to enter and offered the classic mix of humor, appreciation and creative inspiration. In a new twist, BEA is live streaming the marquee convention events, and the stream actually worked. (We have the player on the…

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IDPF Executive Panel Focuses on "Serving The Author," Not Necessarily Selling Direct

Once the inevitable if obligatory reminder from IDPF organizers Monday at their annual conference that there would be no talk of anything related to agency pricing or the Department of Justice investigation was dispensed with, Bloomsbury ceo Richard Charkin, Open Road ceo Jane Friedman, and Random House president of sales…

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AerBook Launches Simple In-Browser Platform to Build eBooks and Apps with Visual Content, and Much More From Publishers Launch

At Monday's Publishers Launch BEA Conference, in the Publishers Launchpad segment highlighting interesting start-ups, Ron Martinez debuted his company's Aerbook Maker and Aerbook Cloud Publishing product. They promise to enable the creation and publishing of graphical ebooks and native apps, made right in the browser through drag-and-drop, without any code…

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Upcoming: Deals for Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Cissy Houston, Biz Stone

BEA is just a few hours old -- and the show floor won't even open until Tuesday -- but for now some of the biggest announcements are in the deals department. Random House Publishing Group has acquired Carly Simon's autobiography, which will cover "the discovery of her life-altering stammer, her…

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More Buzz: The BEA Fall Books Preview

Included in the trade edition of our BEA Buzz Books ebook sampler is a comprehensive preview of more than 100 additional fall titles of note--many of which will be promoted at BEA next week-- as a means of surveying the season in a more comprehensive manner. We selected what we…

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