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The Pay-Per-Page Era Begins

As of yesterday, Amazon officially moved subscription payments for self-published ebooks in the Kindle Unlimited program to their new system of paying by the number of pages read by subscribers. In an email to participating authors, the company said that in June subscribers read over 1.9 billion pages (as measured…

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Scribd Cuts Romance Catalog, Aims for "More Mutually Beneficial Terms" with Publishers

eBook subscription service Scribd is removing an unspecified -- but apparently significant -- quantity of romance and erotica titles from their catalog. The news was publicized by Smashwords ceo Mark Coker on his company blog, where he estimated that that "80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd,…

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Bookselling: Amazon Expands in Mexico; Indigo Expands Store Discounts; and More

Two years after launching its Kindle store in Mexico, Amazon has expanded to offer a broad spectrum of physical goods, including printed books, at http://amazon.com.mx/. Offerings include the three versions of the Kindle e-reader. Indigo will now discount 100 top-selling and bookseller-recommend books by 40 percent, ceo Heather Reisman tells the Globe…

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Disney Division that Includes Publishing Merges with Interactive Unit

Disney announced that their Consumer Products and Interactive divisions will be combined into Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), run jointly by co-chairs Leslie Ferraro (also president of Disney Consumer Products) and Jimmy Pitaro (also president ofDisney Interactive). The company says the move is "in response to changing consumer preferences in a marketplace increasingly influenced by…

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Scribd Takes Over Librify; Google Ventures Backs Personalized Children's Publisher

Scribd has acquired social reading ebook retail platform Librify. Founded in 2013 by Joanna Stone Herman, Ingram Content Group Ventures was among Librify's funders, and their primary retail relationship was with Target. Scribd ceo Trip Adler said in a statement, "We value Librify's focus on the social reading experience and…

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People, Etc.

Jeff James will join Thomas Nelson as vp, marketing for Nelson Books on June 29. Previously he was the founder and ceo of Mythology, a marketing consulting practice for Fortune 500 firms. Steven Sussman will join Skyhorse as director of sales on June 29. Previously he was director of sales…

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Norton Puts eBooks Into Libraries

In advance of the ALA annual conference starting Thursday in San Francisco, Norton announced that they will make their entire catalog of trade and professional ebooks available for lending through libraries, starting later this summer. The company has reached agreements with Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, and 3M to distribute their ebooks to…

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Corporate: Harlequin's Customer Rewards Program; Bonnier Germany Drops DRM

Harlequin has launched a new customer loyalty program, Harlequin My Rewards, which gives members opportunities to earn rewards such as autographed books, signature gift baskets and Skype conversations with favorite Harlequin authors. Harlequin My Rewards presents readers with points for purchasing books or engaging in multiple online activities, including sharing…

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Corporate: A Penguin Random House/Amazon Deal, and A News Corp. Dividend

Amazon has confirmed (to both the Bookseller and PW) signing "new long term agreements with Penguin Random House in both the US and the UK," ratifying that alarmist accounts of a standoff starting from a UK tech blog were, as expected, overblown. The important part is what was not disclosed:…

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People, Etc.

At Hachette Livre, Pierre Danet has been promoted to group chief digital innovator, reporting to Arnaud Nourry, while continuing to supervise digital projects in France, reporting to Catherine Cussigh. In addition, Eva Dunoyer moves up to innovation project manager. At Sourcebooks, Susan Raasch is being promoted to senior accounts receivable specialist,…

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