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BitLit Angels Include Former Kobo CEO Serbinis

Vancouver-based startup Bitlit, whose app helps publishers bundle ebooks with print books, announced the closing of a round of seed funding. Kobo founder and recently deposed ceo Michael Serbinis's new venture fund Three Angels Capital is among the funders -- along with from BDC Venture Capital, Mike Volker (WUTIF fund) and…

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Inkling Closes Consumer Business to Focus on Enterprise Side; Lays Off 25 Percent of Staff

Inkling is officially closing its consumer retail business and has laid off something close to 25 percent of staff as a result. (CEO Matt MacInnis confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch, indicating that 25 percent "was a little high.") The company will focus on the enterprise/platform side, licensing their technology to…

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eNews: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD eBook Arrives in July; ComiXology Cuts Off In-App Purchasing

HarperCollins and Cornerstone will release ebook and audiobook editions of Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in the US and UK on July 8, making available one of the longest-standing digital holdouts. Lee, who turned 88 on Monday, said in a statement released by Harper that "I'm still old-fashioned. I…

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Taste Barnes & Noble College's New Yuzu

A yuzu is a hybrid citrus fruit with curiously high ratio of seeds to juice -- which makes it the perfect name for Barnes & Noble College's new textbook app: "Yuzu is a next-generation digital education platform that enhances the everyday learning experience and makes college the rewarding journey it’s…

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eNews: Verso's eBook/Print Bundle; DropBox Rumored to Buy ReadMill; and More

Verso Books will sell its books, both print and digital, direct on its website as of April 8, and will also offer print/ebook bundles for all new titles and "hundreds" of recent ones (free postage is also included.) Verso is working with Booxstream on DRM, and each ebook will be…

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eNews: Mondadori Takes Over Anobii, Plus Indie Links for LAT and A Rooster

Sainsbury's has passed on the social network part of Anobii (a European Bookish, with all that implies), to Mondadori. Despite Anobii's multi-year efforts to build a viable ebookstore focused on the UK, the site's strength -- if there was one -- was an international audience centered in Asia (since it…

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iPads and Chromebooks In Schools; Scribd Hosts Kindle Fire App After Failing to Get It Listed By Amazon

In Apple's investor conference call on Monday afternoon, cfo Peter Oppenheimer celebrated stats for iPad adoption and iBooks use in K-12 schools: "To-date, U.S. education institutions have purchased over 7 million iPads. In fact, we've sold over 750,000 iPads to K-12 schools in the State of Texas alone.... We have…

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Abrams Announces eBooks for Libraries

At the ALA meeting in Philadelphia, Abrams announced that their frontlist ebooks are now available for libraries to purchase and lend, through the established vendors. Each "sale" activates the ebook for a year of lending, on the one-copy/one-user model. Abrams says they are selling to libraries at their standard digital…

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eNews: Google Play in 9 More Countries; BookVibe's Tweet-Based Recommendations; And More

Google Play has expanded into nine more European countries, including Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Sweden, bringing the total to 26. The NYT's Bits Blog writes up its impressions of BookVibe, a book recommendation service created by fledgling startup Parakweet that "basically analyzes the tweets…

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People, Etc.

Editor-in-chief at School Library Journal Rebecca Miller has been promoted to editorial director of Library Journals, with added responsibility of LJ as well.  Current editor-in-chief of LJ Michael Kelley is leaving the company. At Morrow/Avon, Emily Krump has been promoted to editor. At the Gernert Company, Anna Worrall has been…

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