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Leak Indicates Microsoft Will Try Again At Selling eBooks

Leaks from this spring's Creators Update to the Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system suggest that Microsoft is yet again trying to establish a presence in the ebook market. In this first look on MSPowerUser, which contains screenshots of the new feature, we learn that a "new e-book store will be…

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People: Onder to Lead HMH Children's

Catherine Onder will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's as svp and publisher on February 6, based in New York. Onder fills the position vacated when Betsy Groban left HMH last summer. Most recently she was editorial director at Bloomsbury Children's. HMH trade president Ellen Archer says in the announcement, "She has a wealth of…

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Barnes & Noble Tells New Nook Tablet Owners to Stop Using Adapter, Pending Replacement and Possible Recall

An internal Barnes & Noble memo posted on 9to5 Google and cited by a store employee on Reddit on Friday showed a January 9 advisory telling store managers to return all the recently-released $50 Nook Tablets to the company's distribution center. At the same time, the tablets are listed as "not…

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S&S Children's Authors Protest Milo Deal, IDPF Dissidents Keep Trying

A group of over 160 children's book authors and illustrators have signed on to a letter to Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy objecting to the house's book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. The effort began as a conversation among Erin Murphy Literary Agency clients under contract with Simon & Schuster and "quickly became a national dialogue across agencies…

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HarperCollins Buys Out Ediouro In Brazil; Firebrand Launches Eloquence on Alert

HarperCollins has bought out Ediouro, its partner in HarperCollins Brasil, to take sole ownership of the venture. Harper Brasil is also moving its headquarters to Rua da Quitanda in Rio de Janeiro's financial center. CEO Brian Murray said in the announcement: "While we have enjoyed a successful relationship with Ediouro, we…

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Rakuten Kobo Acquires the Tolino Tech Platform from Deutsche Telekom

Rakuten Kobo announced on Tuesday they have signed contracts to acquire the Tolino ebook technology platform serving the German-language ebook market from founding partner Deutsche Telekom at the end of January 2017, pending approval from the German Federal Cartel Office. (That paperwork was filed December 22.) Kobo will join the three…

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Kindle Unlimited: The Trend Continues, and The House Is On Top

Amazon made their monthly retroactive announcement of how much money they have decided to allocate to authors who participate in Kindle Unlimited, with November's bounty following the pattern from the prior month. The pool was boosted by $100,000, to $16.3 million, while the total "pages read" declined, to roughly 3.032…

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Can BuzzFeed Finally Make Customized Cookbooks Work?

Since the early days of online interfaces and quality print-on-demand manufacturing, a number of companies have taken ultimately unsuccessful passes at building a business around user-customized cookbooks. In the wake of Tastebook and many others comes Tasty: The Cookbook -- though this latest effort is driven by BuzzFeed, which is…

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EU Takes One More Step Towards Maybe Allowing Reduced Tax on eBooks Some Day

The European Union's achingly slow battle over whether to allow ebooks the same potential for preferential sales tax treatment that print books are given has taken another expected steps towards potential resolution...some time in 2017. Or not. Following on a plan announced this spring, the European Commission has presented a…

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International Briefs: Kobo, Amazon, Luebbe and More

The rest of the world was open for business all week long and accounts for much of the catch-up news: - Kobo has now redirected their efforts to sell ebooks and ereading devices in Spain towards their France-based retail partner Fnac. The relationship has been expanded to Spain, where Fnac has 50 stores. Kobo…

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