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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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Nook Adds Google Apps; Has Sold 10 Million Devices

After more disappointing device sales over the 2012 holidays, Barnes & Noble ceo William Lynch promised investors "we're not going to continue doing what we're doing; we're doing to adjust quickly." At the time, Lynch also noted the company had concluded that "larger technology brands have more resonance in that…

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Perseus and WME Sponsor Book Discovery App "Hackathon"

Perseus and William Morris Endeavor are organizing a content to help motivate programmers to develop some kind of digital innovation--a web site, app or widget--to help expose booklovers to new book titles online. A 36-hour Publishing Hacka-thon will begin May 18 at co-working space The Alley NYC. The finalists will…

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Corporate: HMH Buys Tribal Nova; Penguin Partners with Mind Candy; Amazon Defends "Heavy Investments"

Two new acquisitions highlight publishers' increasing interest in game development. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced they acquired Montreal-based educational technology company Tribal Nova, which develops digital games, products and services for pre-school children. The Tribal Nova team will continue to operate out of Montreal, though they will be absorbed into HMH's Content…

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eNews: Bug in Amazon's Latest iOS App Update Erases Users' Libraries; Free Kindle Book Affiliate Sites Get Crackdown

Amazon has warned users not to download the latest version of its iOS Kindle app because of a bug that deletes existing libraries from your device and can "deregister" the user. The iTunes page now includes a note that says, "There is a known issue with this update. If you…

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