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New Kindle Is A $290 Oasis

Exactly as previewed by Amazon's Canadian and Chinese sites, on Wednesday morning the company officially unveiled their new Kindle Oasis ereader -- premium priced, starting at $290 with ads. (Removing ads costs another $20; adding 3G is another $70.) Per our report yesterday, the new model is thinner and lighter…

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Based on Leaked Images, Kindle Returns to Ugly Roots with New Oasis

The original Kindle reader was one of the odder-looking pieces of consumer electronics, and with the new eighth-generation "top of the line" Kindle reader that Jeff Bezos tipped on Twitter last week, Amazon appears to be returning to its roots. Called the Kindle Oasis according to early posts spotted on…

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Nook to Eliminate Santa Clara and Taiwan Offices, Outsource Some Services

Barnes & Noble announced the last step in cutting costs at the ever-declining Nook unit after the close of the market on Thursday. The company will close its offices in Santa Clara, CA (approximately 80 employees) and Taiwan (approximately 19 employees) by July, eliminating those 100 or so jobs. BN expects severance charges and transition…

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New Kindle Reader Due to be Announced Next Week

Recent Tweeter Jeff Bezos leaked himself on Monday afternoon. He wrote: "All-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week." Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members are being offered $30  to $50 off the three existing Kindle devices right now.

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HarperCollins Officially Expands in France, and More

It's book fair time -- as the Bologna Book Fair officially opens -- so Harper Collins has announced another expanded international unit. This time it is the formation of Harper Collins France. Previously, Harlequin SA was a joint venture in France with Hachette Livre, but Harper Collins bought out their partner. They will continue…

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Briefs: More James Patterson Library Grants; DRM-Free Star Trek eBooks; and More

For the second year in a row, James Patterson will award $1.75 million in grants (of $1,000 to $10,000) on a rolling basis throughout the year to school libraries. Once again the initiative is run in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club. Aligned with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Pocket Books has announced…

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Briefs: Diversion Spins Off Radius Book Group; Marie Force Launches Publisher; and More

Diversion Publishing is launching a new self-publishing division, Radius Book Group, led by vp, business development Mary Cummings and managing editor Fiona Hallowell. Radius will sell aspiring authors packages ranging from DIY options through Ingram Spark to comprehensive publishing services. Bestselling self-published author Marie Force is launching a new contemporary romance company,…

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Authors Puzzle Over February KU Payments

As usual, Amazon announced their retroactive payment rate for ebooks in the Kindle Unlimited subscription program that were read in February. The company elected to allocate a pool of $14 million -- down $1 million from January, in a slightly shorter month -- paying at the rate of $.00478 per…

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People, Etc.

Andrew Smith will join Abrams as svp, publisher, children's books on March 31. Previously he was svp, deputy publisher at Little, Brown Children's. He succeeds Susan Van Metre, who after six years as publisher will transition to vp, editor in chief, children's books and editorial director, Amulet to focus on…

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Amazon's Misener Waffles In MFN Testimony

A UK Parliament committee has been gathering evidence on The Digital Economy, including a written complaint about Amazon's market power filed by the Bookseller's Association, and oral testimony from Amazon's vp of global public policy Paul Misener. On the question of most favored nations clauses, which are under investigation by the European…

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