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Launch Kids and DBW

Friday we recapped the amazing line-up of keynotes and speakers set for Digital Book World on January 14 and 15, but DBW actually kicks off on the January 13 with our fourth annual Publishers Launch Kids conference. The biggest gathering in children's publishing to look at the business opportunities in…

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Another Chance

As we have noted before, our sixth annual Digital Book World Conference already features our best programming line-up ever, with an amazing group of timely keynotes that includes: Russ Grandinetti at Amazon in conversation with Mike Shatzkin and Michael Cader; Harper ceo Brian Murray; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ceo Linda Zecher; serial…

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Strong Final Week Puts Pre-Frankfurt Dealmaking Up 12 Percent

With a very strong week of deal reports, our updated counts of pre-Frankfurt dealmaking activity now show 2014 surpassing what was a strong 2013 by a good margin. For October 1 through October 7 we logged 192 US deals, compared to 118 in the same period a year ago. So…

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Corporate: EC Investigates Amazon's Tax Break; Frankfurt News; and More

The European Commission "opened an in-depth investigation" into the 2003 sweetheart tax deal between Luxembourg and Amazon. This is not the tax loophole that lets Amazon sell digital goods across Europe at Luxembourg's low VAT rate, under the pretense that they are selling the items from that nation (and that…

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Last Day for The Best Prices

A short reminder: As we indicated on Friday, today is the last day to get tickets for our sixth Digital Book World Conference January 14 and 15 -- and the return of our one-day Publishers Launch Kids event on January 13 at the lowest, "early" pricing. Also remember to use…

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"Friends and Family"

We've already told you a little something about the outstanding line-up of speakers and sessions already coming together for our sixth Digital Book World Conference January 14 and 15 -- and the return of our one-day Publishers Launch Kids event on January 13. (DBW keynoters include Russ Grandinetti, Brian Murray,…

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Dealmaking Is Strong and Steady Heading Into Frankfurt

Ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair next week, it's time for our annual look at pre-fair dealmaking trends. As usual, this version covers domestic (US) deal reports for September 1 through September 30, and we'll append a short update next week to factor in October 1 through October 7. 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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Children's Publishing Takes Center Stage

As last week's AAP statistics confirmed, children's and YA publishing continues to be the driver of growth in publishing. For three years we have packed ballrooms for the biggest trade conference on children's publishing, and on January 13, 2015 Publishers Launch Kids returns, once again kicking off three days of…

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Rounding Out A Powerhouse of Keynoters

Two more additions have been announced to the best-ever line-up of keynote speakers to headline the sixth-annual Digital Book World. Data scientist in residence at tech venture capital firm Accel Partners Hilary Mason will speak on "Smart Data: A Look at Data—Big and Small—For Publishing," bringing an expert's perspective on using data to drive…

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