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Acknowledging Big Drop in Amazon Sales, Ellora's Cave Cuts Staff, Expenses

Romance publisher Ellora's Cave sent a letter to authors -- originally picked up by Absolute Write, then republished by Dear Author after the post was taken down -- explaining recent cuts that laid off nearly all of its freelance editors and reduced the headcount to three full-time editors. The publisher…

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The Barnes & Noble Samsung $179 Tablet Finally Arrives

Barnes & Noble's newest tablet, saddled with the mouthful of a name Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK because of the company's partnership with Samsung, officially launched at a presentation held at BN's Union Square store Wednesday morning. The 7-inch tablet, which retails at $179 (after a $20 instant rebate) and…

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Writer's Digest Tries Self-Publishing Again With BookBaby; RosettaBooks Expands Into Print; and More

Writer's Digest quietly severed ties with Author Solutions, which provided the back-end to its self-publishing service Abbott Press , earlier this year. Now the company has teamed up with BookBaby for a different self-publishing program under the name Blue Ash Publishing. The new program takes pain to distinguish itself from…

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Pietsch Responds to Correspondents: "This dispute started because Amazon is seeking a lot more profit"

Hachette Book Group ceo has been writing back to those who emailed him at Amazon's prompting, and "intends to get to everyone over the next couple days," according to spokesperson Sophie Cottrell. He writes in part: "I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write.¬†…

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The "5-Year-Old" Talks Back: Amazon Posts for "Readers United"

Author Douglas Preston told the NY Times last Friday his conversations with Russ Grandinetti have been¬†"like talking to a 5-year-old" -- and, as has been widely reported since, the company's latest response, this time to Preston's "Authors United" efforts, are posts aimed at "Readers United." The equivalent of "click here…

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Scribd Enters Digital Book Discovery Fray; Same-Day Service from BN & Google

Scribd relaunched what it dubs its "new browse experience", the company's try at digital book discovery to complement its existing subscription program, which now boasts 500,000 titles (with Princeton University Press, Samhain, and National Geographic among the most recently added publishers.) The browsing capability is available at Scribd's website and…

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eNews: Sainsbury Takes Full Control of Anobii; Nook GlowLight in the UK; and More

Sainsbury's is now the sole owner of fledgling ebookstore Anobii, the Bookseller reports, buying out Penguin Random House's 24 percent stake and Harper UK's 12 percent stake. (The company first acquired HMV's 64 percent stake in Anobii in 2012.) Sainsbury's said the move "gives it full control of the platform…

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"Traditional Titles" Dip Slightly in 2013, Bowker Reports

Bowker released its estimates of print book production for 2013, noting that what they call "traditional" output--which includes self-publishers like CreateSpace, but excludes public domain POD factories like BiblioBazaar -- dipped 2 percent from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013. Despite the decline as compared…

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Safari Books Now Fully Owned By O'Reilly Media, and More

O'Reilly Media has become sole owner of Safari Books, buying out Pearson's 50 percent stake for an undisclosed sum (though it's expected Pearson will announce how much it was paid in their next financial report later this year.) Safari, founded in 2001 as a joint entity between O'Reilly and Pearson,…

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Kensington Discloses 18-Month Terms Impasse With Amazon

Hachette's ongoing terms dispute with Amazon has given cover for the WSJ to describe another recently resolved terms dispute between the retailer and a different, smaller publisher. Kensington ceo Steven Zacharius told the paper the company spent 18 months negotiating its latest deal with Amazon, which began in July and…

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