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Amazon Resumes Negotiation By Forum Post

Amazon posted on their Kindle Forum about their negotiations with Hachette Book Group on Tuesday afternoon. While the company tells people in the trade when looking for "feedback" that they are looking for their fare share of the "business efficiencies" and profits created by the growing ebook market, their argument…

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Macmillan to Offer Frontlist eBooks to Libraries

Macmillan is broadening their ebook library lending program to include frontlist ebooks for the first time. Last October they went from a modest pilot program to a full backlist offer of approximately 11,000 titles. With the expansion announced Wednesday, Macmillan will offer ebooks for lending the same day new books go…

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People, Etc.

Brenda Marsh has joined Abrams in the newly created position of vp, business development. The position will focus on both new and existing business opportunities, market analysis and company growth initiatives. Most recently, Marsh was vp, author relations at Barnes & Noble. Last week, Barnes & Noble added retired Vice Admiral John…

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BookLamp Was Bought By Apple

The mystery of BookLamp's disappearance online has been solved: The company was purchased by Apple. The price was not disclosed, but a source tells Tech Crunch -- which reported the news on a tip and then obtained confirmation from Apple -- that the price was "higher than $10 million and…

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People, Etc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Bridgett Paradise as svp of human resources and chief people officer, reporting directly to CEO Linda Zecher. Her role "will encompass human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits. Paradise has been at Microsoft, most recently in the position of general manager, human resources…

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John Ingram Invests In Mediander

Chairman and ceo of Ingram Content Group John Ingram has invested in Mike Fine's ambitious online "knowledge engine" startup Mediander.com, providing an "early-stage investment" through his personal investing vehicle, JRI Ventures LLC. According to the announcement, "the investment will be used to fund research and development, as well as technical,…

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People, Etc.

Kensington will merge its two digital-first imprints eKensington and Lyrical Press into a single unit under the Lyrical Press name. The merged imprint will continue to be under the helm of Adam Zacharius, and directly managed by Alexandra Nicolajsen as well as Martin Biro, who has been promoted to associate…

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Batman Beats Back Kindle Unlimited

Yes, you read that correctly. For the first day since we starting monitoring the effect on Kindle Unlimited titles on Amazon Kindle's So-Called Bestseller List, the number of KU titles on the top 100 declined modestly, now accounting for 38 titles. But Batman related books have stormed the list, taking…

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Scholastic Takes $21.4 Charge, Mostly on Storia, Which Will Switch to School Licensing Model

Scholastic reported fourth quarter and full fiscal year earnings on Thursday morning, with sales rising 8 percent to $549 million and operating income increasing more, at $48.6 million. The stock rose in early morning trading on the improved results and positive guidance for next year. But the company disclosed a…

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Daily Update: Influence of Kindle Unlimited on Amazon "Bestsellers" Grows

Since no one else is reporting on this at all, we'll continue our tracking. Amazon's hourly list of the top 100 "paid" Kindle bestsellers appears to be under the steadily growing influence of Kindle Unlimited "checkouts," which are counted as part of paid sales. In this morning's check, 45 of…

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