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Briefs: Diversion Spins Off Radius Book Group; Marie Force Launches Publisher; and More

Diversion Publishing is launching a new self-publishing division, Radius Book Group, led by vp, business development Mary Cummings and managing editor Fiona Hallowell. Radius will sell aspiring authors packages ranging from DIY options through Ingram Spark to comprehensive publishing services. Bestselling self-published author Marie Force is launching a new contemporary romance company,…

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Harvard Common Press Sold to Quarto; Put Me In the Story Expands at BN; More From Basford

Quarto has completed their acquisition of The Harvard Common Press, as of February 1, adding hundreds of titles to their backlist along with over 25,000 recipes. HCP will become an imprint of Quarto, with editorial and production run out of Quarto's office in Beverly, MA and editorial director Dan Rosenberg keeping the same role. Harvard…

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Scouting the Bad and the Very Bad in Kindle's Reader-Powered Platform

Katy Waldman at Slate has a look at some of the featured titles in the recent Kindle Scout initiative, where readers are supposed to sample excerpts from unpublished manuscripts and recommend them for publication through Kindle Press. Her theme is: "This kind of writing is unabashed. It is breathtakingly, gloriously bad.…

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Scribd Adds Audiobooks to Their Subscription Plan

Scribd substantially expanded their subscription reading service on Thursday morning, adding a collection of more than 30,000 audiobooks titles, available for unlimited streaming and downloading as a part of their regular $8.99 subscription service, alongside the ebooks they have offered since October 2013. In contrast to the ebooks, which are…

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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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