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Penguin Random House Provides Free Digital Reads to NYC Subway Riders

For the next eight weeks, New York City subway riders can download free short stories and 175 book excerpts offered by Penguin Random House. It's part of PRH's "Subway Reads" promotion, in partnership with the MTA, "celebrating the installation of free wireless connectivity in more than 175 underground subway stations." The NYT…

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Briefs: Amazon's Inspire; Nook Press's Print Platform

Attentive readers will remember that back in February we were the first to write about Amazon K-12 Education, a unit working on "improving the education of students with services for teachers, students and parents." Those efforts were focused on "building a large discoverable library of open educational resources for K-12 teachers…

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Briefs: More James Patterson Library Grants; DRM-Free Star Trek eBooks; and More

For the second year in a row, James Patterson will award $1.75 million in grants (of $1,000 to $10,000) on a rolling basis throughout the year to school libraries. Once again the initiative is run in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club. Aligned with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Pocket Books has announced…

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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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Scribd Enters Digital Book Discovery Fray; Same-Day Service from BN & Google

Scribd relaunched what it dubs its "new browse experience", the company's try at digital book discovery to complement its existing subscription program, which now boasts 500,000 titles (with Princeton University Press, Samhain, and National Geographic among the most recently added publishers.) The browsing capability is available at Scribd's website and…

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Harper Launches Reader App and Direct eBook Sales, Starting with CS Lewis

HarperCollins has relaunched their CS Lewis and Narnia websites, adding for the first time a direct-sales ebookstore to both sites, selling Lewis's work in English in ebook editions in major territories around the world. As part of that new ebook sales offer, they have launched a branded Harper Reader app…

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More Kindling

After a brief false start online, Amazon announced the refreshed versions of their Kindle Paperwhite devices yesterday, with the more basic model available as of September 30. The features and specs are lavishly presented online, so we won't go to great lengths here. The most interesting thing to us is…

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Corporate: Penguin Tries Book Discovery With "First to Read"; Quercus Moves Sales In-House; And More

Penguin is launching a new book discovery tool, First To Read, that will offer "widely anticipated" excerpts of forthcoming Penguin titles as Hotshot by Julie Garwood, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, (also available on our own Fall/Winter Buzz Books 2013 sampler), The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead,…

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eNews: Winning Hacks, New Launches, and More

At least 30 projects were submitted as part of the Publishing Hackathon over the weekend, viewable here. Contestant Eric Hellman reports that the six finalists are: BookCity (suggests books to match places you visit) Captiv (turns your Tweets into book recommendations) Coverlist (shows 100 curated jackets; hover over an image…

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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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