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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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Holiday Nook Promotion Includes Free eBook--In Stores Only

Barnes & Noble and Nook have a one-free ebook with purchase promotion that takes modest advantage of some of the discounting freedom available to retailers under Agency Lite (though a number of the titles on offer are from publishers who sell ebooks wholesale anyway). The program focuses on selling ebooks…

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eNews: Kobo Has A Date In Brazil; Nook App Updates; Amazon Sells Bonds (and Kindles)

Kobo will officially launch in Brazil under their previously-announced partnership with bookseller Livraria Cultura on December 5. The Brazilian version of the Kobo Touch device went on sale for pre-orders starting today at R$399 (or roughly $190 US). Nook has updated their iOS and Android apps in a variety of…

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Social Reading Company Tries Again with Book Locker--Will They Get Locked Out?

With an opaque TOC Frankfurt appearance and vague press release, founder of struggling social-reader-and-more company ReThink Books Jason Illian announced his expanded BookShout! site from Frankfurt. Yes, it still has social reading (even though iniatives for broad social reading outside the major platforms have had almost no consumer uptake); yes,…

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More from Amazon: Merging the Digital/Audio Reading Experience, Kindle Serials

Amazon's new device launch on Wednesday garnered the most media attention, but the company also introduced some intriguing new features that merge or break apart reading experiences -- while potentially raising rights-related questions. People have long speculated that it would be great to "sync" ebooks and digital audio recordings so…

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eNews: First Kobo Announces New eReader and Tablet Devices; Amazon Product Launch Rumor Mill

As is now their custom, Kobo took the unassuming route of announcing its latest line of ereaders and tablets by press release on Wednesday morning, a few hours before Amazon is set to launch their newest devices in Santa Monica at a press conference (at 1:30 Eastern). Clearly glo(w)ing ereaders will…

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