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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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Blinkbox Books, Bardowl to Shut Down

The week begins with the closing of two UK-based digital companies. Blinkbox Books, Tesco's ebook service, will cease operations by the end of February after failing to find a buyer. The company said, "We've learnt a lot since launching the service and whilst we saw encouraging levels of take up, we believe…

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People, Etc.

At Paper Lantern Lit, Tara Sonin has been promoted to marketing associate. Liz Button has joined the ABA's content team as a writer/researcher for Bookselling This Week, and Naya Moss is a new hire on the booksellers' association's technology team, providing general technological assistance to ABA staff. Author or co-author of 21…

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Amazon Launches Self-Published Textbook Creator, KDP EDU

Apple launched iBooks Author all the way back in early 2012, so the only surprise about Amazon's new self-published digital textbook platform, KDP EDU, is that it took so long. The public beta of Amazon's Kindle Textbook Creator tool allows educators to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.…

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DBW Author Survey: Whether Traditional or Indie Published, the Windfall is Low

In conjunction with last week's big Digital Book World Conference, DBW.com released their latest author survey in conjunction with Writers Digest, The Author-Publisher Relationship In a Changing Market, with analysis by Dana Beth Weinberg. This year's report takes a fresh approach, focusing on "different modes of publishing based on allocation of risk and distribution…

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KU Payouts Increase Again

The monthly pool of money allocated retroactively to self-published authors whose work is offered through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription plan rose again for December -- both in the closely-watched per book payout, which was $1.43 per borrow/read, and in overall dollars, with Amazon allocating a $4.25 million "bonus," making the…

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DBW: Price Promotions, Direct-to-Consumer, Global Publishing

The evolution of ebooks into a mature market in the US was evident on the second day of DBW last Thursday, as the focus turned to nuanced questions of how to boost sales of titles in a crowded marketplace, as well as publisher experiments in selling direct to consumers or…

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Real Data On Print Sales In the eBook Era -- And the eBook Plateau

With overall ebook sales for most publishers at a point of stasis for now, the Digital Book World conference commissioned Jonathan Nowell at Nielsen Book to provide a closer look at how the rise of ebooks has affected what sells in print form. A number of Nielsen's data points stand…

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A Tale of Two Amazon Debates

On Thursday afternoon and evening, two groups debated hypothetical declarations about Amazon. The first, "Should Amazon Be Constrained, And Can They Be?," was interrupted at the beginning with a grammar correction from the audience. The second, "Is Amazon the Reader's Friend," required definitions of "reader," "friend," and of course, "Amazon." Both scored…

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Moerer: iBooks Averages 1 Million New Customers Per Week Post-iOS8

In a keynote conversation at Digital Book World Thursday morning, Apple executive Keith Moerer revealed that since the launch last fall of iOS8 - which embedded the iBooks app within the operating system for the first time -- the company has averaged more than 1 million new users a week of iBooks. While Moerer…

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