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Briefs

Following Macmillan ceo John Sargent's indication that they will, with some reluctance, "test subscription in the coming weeks," Oyster announced that their collection now includes over 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury. Harper UK has disclosed their annual results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Sales fell to £179 million, down…

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KDP Fund Nudges Up Again

After growing public disappointment from at least some authors with the effect of the Kindle Unlimited subscription program on the marketplace for self-published books, Amazon provided authors with a slight improvement on the economics for November. They added a "bonus" of $3.5 million to fund that self-published authors share, for a total…

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Digital: News from KU, Kobo, Scribd and Curtis Brown UK

Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited in France and Brussels. Kobo is bringing "three-for-two" deals from the trade paperback tables to the ebookstore -- starting with a promotion in the US with Hachette Book Group, good only through December 15. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is now participating in Scribd's ebook subscription service.…

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People, Etc.: Durham to Leave Amazon

Publisher of adult trade and children's at Amazon Publishing Daphne Durham will leave the company on January 16, PW reports, and will be replaced by head of global marketing for the publishing division Mikyla Bruder, who will serve as publisher for Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, Skyscape, Lake Union, 47North and Jet…

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HBG Tries Selling within Twitter

Hachette Book Group is the first book publisher to partner with Gumroad on selling books natively from within Twitter. Their initiative will launch starting December 11 with limited-time promotions for three print books, by Amanda Palmer, Chris Hadfield, and The Onion. Separately, the Digital Reader discovered left-behind tracks for an initiative HBG…

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BN Pays Microsoft $62.5 Million In Nook Buyback

In a series of complex SEC documents, Barnes & Noble indicated that they have paid Microsoft $62.5 million to buyback their 16.8 percent share in Nook Media LLC, along with 2.74 million shares of BN stock (valued at $62.5 million, though that stock is worth less already). That implies a…

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Retailers and Book Prices

Jeff Bezos said a lot of the expected things at the Ignition conference yesterday, a friendly interview conducted by Henry Blodget -- whose Business Insider is funded in part by Bezos. The Amazon ceo is quoted widely for such standard remarks as, "Books, in my view, are too expensive. You know,…

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Growing Subscription Reads Drive KDP Select Payments Down

Amazon made their monthly report to KDP Select publishers over the weekend, electing to add $2.5 million to the compensation pool for October reads/borrows through Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library. But the most closely watched number by authors -- the amount paid per read -- declined again, to…

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"Predicting" the National Book Awards

Last month BookVibe took credit for "predicting" the Booker Prize winner and promised to return with a set of forecasts for the National Book Awards. The company monitors and evaluates Twitter discussions, which is an interesting dataset for certain things, that it can't possible tell you conclusion five judges together…

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Amazon Resumes Limited Hachette Pre-Orders and Restores Some Discounts

For the first time since late May, Amazon customers can pre-order at least some titles from Hachette Book Group -- principally Little, Brown books, set for imminent release (such as Kevin Pietersen's AUTOBIOGRAPHY, publishing December 1) as well as books not scheduled until spring 2015 (including Cathy by John Carder Bush in April, and books by Susanna Gregory in February…

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