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Amazon Publishing Is Firm No. 2 At Kindle Store

Amazon Publishing vice president Jeff Belle reported in his September 2014 update letter that in the US, In the US, "Amazon Publishing now ranks as the #2 publisher on the Kindle platform, based on paid copies (this means royalty-generating copies, and includes books sold a la carte, or through programs such…

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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle Unlimited In UK, At £7.99 A Month

On Wednesday Amazon launched their Kindle Unlimited subscription program in the UK, charging more on a relative basis, priced at £7.99 a month (or a little over $13, or 30 percent more than the US version). The offering is otherwise very similar to the US version, featuring a licensed deal…

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Universal Has Two-Year First Look Deal With Penguin Random House

In the latest expansion of Penguin Random House's film/tv development efforts, Random House Studio has signed a two-year first-look production agreement Universal Pictures. Random House Studio, under the direction of president Peter Gethers, will serve as a producer on the projects developed and filmed under the agreement. Once again, UTA…

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Amazon Readies "New Reader-Powered Publishing Program"

Over the past few days, Amazon emailed some self-published KDP authors about a new initiative in the works, according to a discussion on the Kindle forum. In response to a query, Amazon spokesperson Susan Stockman confirmed to us that the company is "working on a new reader-powered publishing program with transparent,…

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Forthcoming: Gabriel Garcia Marquez eBooks; Debut Fig Tree List

Vintage will release nine titles by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, including LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA and CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD, in English-language ebook editions on October 15. At the same time, Vintage Espanol will issue ebook versions of 18 Garcia Marquez works in Spanish. The deal marks the…

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Trade Stays Flat As Children's Sales Remain Strong

The AAP released monthly sales statistics for both April and May, confirming a trend of flat overall trade sales propped up by a few children's/YA market hits. Total trade sales for $491 million in April (up $4 million from a year ago) and $525 million in May (up $2 million).…

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Amazon Refreshes Kindle eReaders and Tablets, Adding Kids Tablet

After some leaks at their international stores, on Wednesday evening Amazon announced new ereaders and tablets, all set to ship in October. The new basic Kindle is thinner, adds a touchscreen, and sells for $79, with ads. (That's $10 more than the previous basic model, or 15 percent higher. So the people who fight to control…

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iOS8 Launch Gives Apple A Second Bite At Building iBooks

The new iPhones become available on Friday, but it is today's release of Apple's iOS 8 (at 10 am Pacific Time) that may present the company's biggest opportunity since the debut of iBooks in 2010 to build a meaningful market presence for their ebookstores. As originally disclosed in June, for…

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Amazon Pays Over $500K to Kindle "All-Stars"

As we first discussed in late July, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program -- which relies heavily on the 500,000-plus self-published books that are exclusive to Kindle -- has put additional scrutiny on how much the retailer will pay those authors to retain their loyalty as direct sales are converted into…

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Digital Briefs: Kobo In Holland, Public Radio/TV eBook Premiums, and More

Kobo has had a Dutch ebookstore since early 2012, launched in cooperation with local retailer Libris Blz, and now they have partnered with Bol.com, "the largest provider of ebooks in the Netherlands and Belgium." BookShout has an agreement with premium supplier Forest Incentives that will enable public radio and TV…

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