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Tara Singh Carlson will formally move over to Putnam as senior editor. She will acquire hardcover titles for the Putnam list, while continuing to acquire trade paperback originals for Penguin, which will "predominantly" issue the paperbacks of her Putnam hardcovers as well. Joan Didion is the subject of a documentary film…

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Digital Startups Bought and/or Closed in 2014

With our story on the closing of Atavist Books, it's helpful to examine the larger picture of the digital publishing start-up space. In response to a reader query, here is a look at 2014 activity, which breaks into two categories: Companies acquired and/or closed in distress or decline, and those acquired…

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Apple Celebrates Another Big Quarter

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter results after the close of the market on Monday, with a strong launch of the new iPhones moving over 39 million units and taking company sales to $42 billion for the quarter, up 12 percent compared to a year ago. iPad sales declined 13 percent…

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Atavist Books to Close At the End of the Year

Atavist Books, the digital-first book publishing joint venture founded and funded by IAC and film producer Scott Rudin, will shut down operations on December 31 and no longer publish new works. The software and media enterprise The Atavist will continue, however, and will take over Atavist Books' assets along with IAC --…

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Simon & Schuster and Amazon Agree to Multi-Year Renewal, With Agency Restored

As the Hachette Book Group remains in a standoff over contract renewal terms with Amazon, Simon & Schuster has reached agreement on a multi-year deal for both ebooks and print books. The deal also covers S&S distribution clients. (Word of a renewal was first reported online briefly on Monday afternoon by…

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Krugman Takes On Amazon

You probably don't need us to tell you about Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman's latest piece: "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America." Indirectly answering his NYT colleague Joe Nocera, who wrote, "Amazon plays rough,…

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Amazon, Hachette and Authors: The Complete Tamblyn Tweets

While admitting that "Amazon is a competitor" (whose quest for exclusivity is a particular competitive problem) and Hachette is an "important" supplier, Kobo President Michael Tamblyn took to the virtual podium on Twitter Friday morning to offer "32 Short Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors": 1. Indie authors take note: Amazon is, among…

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Google Play Maintains Rapid Growth, and More

Google reported third quarter revenues after the close of the market on Thursday, and the company continues to show significant growth in the business segment that includes the Google Play Store. Called "other revenues" by the company (also including their hardware line and their Enterprise software business), the segment had…

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Books Sales Fall Again At WH Smith, As Profits Improve

WH Smith reported preliminary results for fiscal 2014, with sales at their High Street stores falling 6 percent to £684 million. Book sales overall fell more, down 8 percent for the year as the "market continues to be challenging" (after declining 6 percent in the previous year). Same-store sales were…

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Today's Amazon News: Kindle Scout, Pop-Up Stores, and More

Amazon officially went live with "Kindle Scout," the service we already reported on that invites writers to submit manuscripts for review by readers and then Amazon Publishing editors, for consideration under a templated publishing deal. (The company has been referring to it as a "reader-powered" publishing program.) They are looking…

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