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Briefs: NEA Grants, Warren's Memoir, Samsung for Kindle, and More

The National Endowment for the Arts announced nearly a thousand grants totaling roughly $75 million for the second half of their fiscal year. Literature claims just a small slice of that largesse, with 56 grants comprising $1.42 million. Among the larger recipients, receiving grants of between $30,000 and $90,000, are: 826 National; Association of…

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Google Play Continues Growth

Google reported first quarter earnings Wednesday afternoon that were somewhat short of analysts' expectations on both sales and earnings. Our narrow interest in their earnings reports remains the hints regarding their expanding Play store. The category that includes Play results -- "other revenues" -- was up 48 percent compared to…

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BEA Challenges Start-Ups In New Contest

This year's BEA is featuring a "Book Expo Challenge" contest focused on start-ups that's a hybrid of floor display space and a chance at two prizes. For $599 registrants/contestants get a table and two chairs in a little "Startup Alley" section of the trade show floor (inside the Digital Discovery…

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Corporate: A Wiley Acquisition; and Job Cuts At RH Children's UK and Weltbild

Wiley announced another sizable acquisition, agreeing to pay $175 million in cash to purchase French-based learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge, which focuses on leadership and managerial skills development. The deal is expected to close on May 1. Wiley has been investing heavily in their professional development division, and acquired a related…

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Amazon Acquires ComiXology

Just hours after posting ceo Jeff Bezos' letter to shareholders, Amazon announced after the close of the market on Thursday that it acquired digital comics firm ComiXology, confirming rumors circulating since the beginning of the month. The deal for undisclosed terms -- is expected to close in the second quarter of…

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People, Etc.

At Scribner, Lauren Lavelle has been promoted to publicity manager, and Gwyneth Stansfield moves up to publicist. Riverhead art director Helen Yentus won the ADC Art + Craft Design Prize for her much talked about 3D-printed book design for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea. Booktrack, which synchronizes soundtracks…

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Wattpad Takes $46 Million It Doesn't Need Yet; PRH UK Announces Reader Bookshelves; New eBook Courses and Certificates

Wattpad announced in a press release that it has raised $46 million in Series C funding, led by OMERS Ventures with participation from August Capital, Raine Ventures, and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund. Wattpad's existing investors also participated in the round. The company will use the funds to expand their staff…

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LBF Announcements: Isaacson's Innovators; Chevalier's Othello; Shatzkin and McCarthy's Digital Marketing Agency

Simon & Schuster likes to officially announce their Walter Isaacson books at the London Book Fair. Acquired some time ago, and already previewed online by the author, they will publish Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, in world English on…

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A Strong Finish for Trade, Even with eBook Decline, As Every Other Major Publishing Segment Rises In 2013

Trade publishing finished 2013 with two strong months of sales, according to the publishers who report to the AAP, closing the gap to put full-year trade sales a little shy of the big 2012 results. Measured sales from the approximately 1,200 reporting publishers were $6.441 billion for 2013, down by…

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People, Etc.

At Crown Business, Ayelet Gruenspecht has been promoted to marketing manager, while Megan Perritt moves up to publicity manager for the imprint as well as for Crown Forum. In addition, associate publisher for Crown Forum and Three Rivers Press Campbell Wharton will take on an additional role in project directing…

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