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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle Unlimited In UK, At £7.99 A Month

On Wednesday Amazon launched their Kindle Unlimited subscription program in the UK, charging more on a relative basis, priced at £7.99 a month (or a little over $13, or 30 percent more than the US version). The offering is otherwise very similar to the US version, featuring a licensed deal…

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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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BEA Launches and Relaunches: Next Big Book (Data); Bookperk Redux; Mediander; New Strategies from Electric Lit and Coffee House Press

Music data start-up Next Big Sound has launched their second product, Next Big Book -- promising to "analyze social, sales, and marketing signals to help you make smarter, braver decisions." The "big data" service puts information from social networks as well as publicity triggers and author events together with public…

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Venture Capitalist Feld Starts Publisher

Longtime venture capitalist, co-founder of the TechStars program and author of five books (with Wiley) Brad Feld at the Foundry Group has started a publishing company. FG Press is launching with Eliot Peper's techno-thriller UNCOMMON STOCK this month and lists about 7 forthcoming titles in all. Like some other we-know-better…

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In the UK, Harper and Foyles Dabble with Pricey Bundles

Harper has launched another modest experiment in the UK, offering bundles of print and ebook editions on 8 titles, exclusively through Foyles. The ebooks are redeemed through a printed voucher shrinkwrapped with the hardcover edition. The Bookseller reports that "Foyles said the price of the bundles will be around £5…

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Scribd Joins the eBook Subscription Race

Scribd has officially rolled out an expanded version of their ebook subscription program, now promoted front-and-center on the site and boasting "the majority" of HarperCollins' backlist among the available titles. Scribd's program offers unlimited online access (and up to10 downloaded titles) for $8.99 month -- including a free month's trial.…

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Hachette Book Group to Resume Sale of New eBooks to Libraries

Hachette Book Group announced Wednesday that it will make its entire catalog of ebooks available to libraries, beginning May 8, including new and recent releases. HBG had stopped the sale of new ebooks to libraries as of April 2010, so the policy change will open up both brand-new releases as…

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Pearson and Kaplan Both Launch Incubators for Hot Ed-Tech Startups

Two companies in publishing and education announced incubator programs this week to help vet and mentor ed-tech startups. Pearson's program is called Catalyst and is designed to "identify the most promising education startup companies that share Pearson's commitment to improving people's lives through learning, and help enable them to break…

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eNews: Random Joins MyiLibrary, Book Scout (Officially), and Total Boox

Ingram will add over 36,000 titles to their MyiLibrary ebook platform in February from Random House, Inc. as well as the publisher's distribution clients. As we were first to report last Friday, Random House formally announced their new Facebook app Book Scout, which launched last week. Random's svp digital marketplace development…

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More eNews: Inkling's Searchable Books, and More

In concert with today's Digital Book World event, Inkling formally announced a program they have had running for some time now, what they call their Content Discovery Platform. A "way for publishers to make digital books more discoverable and profitable," Inkling is making any books within their format to be…

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