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Vook Acquires Byliner

After months of looking for a buyer and barely operating in the meantime, Byliner.com has been acquired by Vook. The purchase is somewhat of a full-circle pivot for Vook, which began in 2009 by producing "enhanced" ebooks with embedded videos. In the announcement, the company says, "With the acquisition of…

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Corporate: Harper eBooks In China, Amazon Expands In London, and Good Books Auction

HarperCollins announced an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation to sell English-language ebooks in China. It is "the first time the company has made its e-books directly available to consumers in China through a local retailer," though JD.com has partnered with Harper in selling their…

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Corporate: Bloomsbury Adds Conway; Full Fathom Digital; New Rizzoli Bookstore Lease

Bloomsbury has purchased the 200-title naval and military history list of Conway from Pavilion Books in the UK (the rebranded version of Anova). Bloomsbury will integrate the titles into their existing lines. Terms were not disclosed, but the Bookseller notes that Conway publisher John Lee will leave after 20 years in that…

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Amazon Adds KDP For Kids

Amazon has officially launched a KDP Kids initiative that provides authors access to a Kindle Kids' Book Creator to help create files for illustrated children's books "that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups." The new software is offered as a download for both Mac and PC that Kindle…

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Kobo Confirms October 1 Launch of Waterproof eReader

Kobo went poolside to unveil their newest ereading device, the Kobo Aura H20, which will go on sale for $179 on October 1 in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. Kobo president Michael Tamblyn says in the release: "When we asked our customers what held them…

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Acknowledging Big Drop in Amazon Sales, Ellora's Cave Cuts Staff, Expenses

Romance publisher Ellora's Cave sent a letter to authors -- originally picked up by Absolute Write, then republished by Dear Author after the post was taken down -- explaining recent cuts that laid off nearly all of its freelance editors and reduced the headcount to three full-time editors. The publisher…

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The Barnes & Noble Samsung $179 Tablet Finally Arrives

Barnes & Noble's newest tablet, saddled with the mouthful of a name Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK because of the company's partnership with Samsung, officially launched at a presentation held at BN's Union Square store Wednesday morning. The 7-inch tablet, which retails at $179 (after a $20 instant rebate) and…

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Writer's Digest Tries Self-Publishing Again With BookBaby; RosettaBooks Expands Into Print; and More

Writer's Digest quietly severed ties with Author Solutions, which provided the back-end to its self-publishing service Abbott Press , earlier this year. Now the company has teamed up with BookBaby for a different self-publishing program under the name Blue Ash Publishing. The new program takes pain to distinguish itself from…

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Pietsch Responds to Correspondents: "This dispute started because Amazon is seeking a lot more profit"

Hachette Book Group ceo has been writing back to those who emailed him at Amazon's prompting, and "intends to get to everyone over the next couple days," according to spokesperson Sophie Cottrell. He writes in part: "I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. …

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The "5-Year-Old" Talks Back: Amazon Posts for "Readers United"

Author Douglas Preston told the NY Times last Friday his conversations with Russ Grandinetti have been "like talking to a 5-year-old" -- and, as has been widely reported since, the company's latest response, this time to Preston's "Authors United" efforts, are posts aimed at "Readers United." The equivalent of "click here…

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