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Macmillan Acquires Pronoun (FKA As Vook, Plus Booklr and Byliner)

Macmillan announced on Thursday that they have acquired Pronoun, the pivoted version of the company that began life as Vook (originally creating ebooks with embedded videos) in 2009 and over the years incorporated Booklr and Byliner. In its latest incarnation, Pronoun's focus has been an ebook distribution platform for authors that has…

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Briefs: BookBub to Offer Paid Ads; Applebaum, Potash Honored; and More

Initiatives BookBub, which promotes selected ebook price deals as paid promotions, is now starting to add paid advertisements as well. (Advertised books do not need to be discounted, or subject to BookBub's other criteria for editorial filtering.) Pricing is based on CPM auctions. Awards The annual UJA-Federation of New York…

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Waterstones Exits eBooks and Digital Audio; Transfers Customers to Kobo

Waterstones is giving up on ebooks again and -- perhaps more importantly in the long-term, also walking away from the still-growing digital audio market. The company told their digital media customers by email and posted site notice that "the Waterstones digital download store is closing," and digital files are no…

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Nook and Samsung Agree to A New, Much Smaller Device Commitment

For the second time, Barnes & Noble has restructured their agreement to purchase and resell Nook-branded Samsung tablets -- with the parties finally admitting the market is much smaller than planned and agreeing to a far more modest goal of selling $10 million worth of units. We had reported discussions on…

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Quotable: Bezos Confirms the Known About Stores

It's making news that Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos confirmed at the company's annual meeting what is already known about their store rollout, without adding anything in particular: "We're definitely going to open additional stores, how many we don't know yet," he said. "In these early days it's all about learning,…

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Goodreads Enters eMail Deals Business

One tried and true digital marketing tool (for now, at least) is email deal newsletters, and now Goodreads is joining the game. Goodreads Deals will alert site members when an ebook on their "want to read" list or an author they follow is discounted. They are also offering daily deals email…

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IDPF Considers Merging Into Larger W3C

After three years of collaboration, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced from BEA that discussions are ongoing about having the organization absorbed into the larger -- but more broadly focused -- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The press release says they are exploring "mutual interest in combining their respective organizations…

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Sales Fall 11 Percent At HarperCollins

News Corporation reported fiscal third quarter earnings after the close of the market on Thursday, with sales falling $44 million at HarperCollins, down 11 percent to $358 million for the period. The impact on EBITDA was sharper, at $36 million, down $20 million from a year ago. The company blamed "lower revenues…

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People, Etc.

Angie Giammarino has joined Rodale as senior marketing manager. Previously she was a marketing manager at Macmillan. Carin Siegfried has joined Soho Press as sales manager. Previously she worked with both national accounts and independent retailers at Baker & Taylor. Miriam Keil has joined Chronicle Books as the associate sales…

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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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