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Harper Offers Authors Additional Net Royalty For Online Direct Sales Referrals

As promised in July when HarperCollins relaunched their web site to focus on making their full catalog of books, ebooks and audiobooks available for sale to consumers, the company is now ready to provide additional compensation to "our authors who want to sell directly" via Harper's shopping cart. Authors who…

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iOS8 Launch Gives Apple A Second Bite At Building iBooks

The new iPhones become available on Friday, but it is today's release of Apple's iOS 8 (at 10 am Pacific Time) that may present the company's biggest opportunity since the debut of iBooks in 2010 to build a meaningful market presence for their ebookstores. As originally disclosed in June, for…

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Digital Briefs: Kobo In Holland, Public Radio/TV eBook Premiums, and More

Kobo has had a Dutch ebookstore since early 2012, launched in cooperation with local retailer Libris Blz, and now they have partnered with Bol.com, "the largest provider of ebooks in the Netherlands and Belgium." BookShout has an agreement with premium supplier Forest Incentives that will enable public radio and TV…

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eNews: Sainsbury Takes Full Control of Anobii; Nook GlowLight in the UK; and More

Sainsbury's is now the sole owner of fledgling ebookstore Anobii, the Bookseller reports, buying out Penguin Random House's 24 percent stake and Harper UK's 12 percent stake. (The company first acquired HMV's 64 percent stake in Anobii in 2012.) Sainsbury's said the move "gives it full control of the platform…

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Digital Etc.: More Google Play Books, Guild Statement, and A Wiley Buy

Google Play Books is in the process of adding 13 countries to the roster of territories where their service is live. Norway, the Netherlands and Colombia have already been added, with Paraguay, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Honduras, and Dominican Republic coming soon. A Google Plus post…

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Target Plans eBooks, with Librify

In another BEA-timed announcement, Target plans to pair with start-up Librify to offer some form of ebook club/subscription service, though an "official launch is still several months off," USA Today reports. As a result, the details are opaque for now, with Target indicating they will reveal more this summer. "The…

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Acquisitions: McEvoy Buys Personalized Publisher, Kobo Adds More Sony Readers, Oyster Expands

The McEvoy Group has acquired Minneapolis­–based personalized gifts and books publisher I See Me! from founders Maia and Allan Haag for an undisclosed sum. Owner of properties including Chronicle Books, McEvoy plans to use the acquisition to build upon Chronicle's personalized books and gift line. "We're excited to welcome I See Me!…

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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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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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Diesel eBooks Will Shut Down By Month's End

Diesel eBooks finally confirmed that it is shutting down by the end of the month, just shy of its tenth anniversary. The news was made more obvious as a result of the company's March 14 lawsuit (under the "new" name of Lavoho, Inc.) against Apple and the "Agency Five" publishers…

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