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Amazon Changes Third-Party Seller Rules

Amazon instituted new selling and shipping rules for third party media sellers that will increase the fees reaped by the etailer, and effectively end of the economic viability of selling so-called "penny books" on the site. As of March 1, 2017, the fees for selling media products, including books, will rise…

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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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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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Writer's Digest Tries Self-Publishing Again With BookBaby; RosettaBooks Expands Into Print; and More

Writer's Digest quietly severed ties with Author Solutions, which provided the back-end to its self-publishing service Abbott Press , earlier this year. Now the company has teamed up with BookBaby for a different self-publishing program under the name Blue Ash Publishing. The new program takes pain to distinguish itself from…

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LBF Announcements: Isaacson's Innovators; Chevalier's Othello; Shatzkin and McCarthy's Digital Marketing Agency

Simon & Schuster likes to officially announce their Walter Isaacson books at the London Book Fair. Acquired some time ago, and already previewed online by the author, they will publish Isaacson's THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, in world English on…

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Briefs: Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Carnegie & Greenaway Awards Shortlists; and More

Allen Guelzo has won the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for GETTYSBURG: The Last Invasion (Knopf). The $50,000 prize was announced Monday night at a ceremony held at the New-York Historical Society. The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists were announced this morning, with the winners to be named…

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Book Country Relaunches, Adding Wider Genre Map, Bookstore, and More Self-Publishing Tools

Penguin's genre community Book Country, which focused on romance, mystery/thriller and science fiction & fantasy upon arrival in April 2011, will formally relaunch on Wednesday with a broader array of categories and services. Book Country's genre map has expanded to include literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, New Adult, and several…

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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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People, Etc.

Editor-in-chief at School Library Journal Rebecca Miller has been promoted to editorial director of Library Journals, with added responsibility of LJ as well.  Current editor-in-chief of LJ Michael Kelley is leaving the company. At Morrow/Avon, Emily Krump has been promoted to editor. At the Gernert Company, Anna Worrall has been…

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eNews: Harper's Hackathon Twist With BookSmash Challenge

A week after the Perseus-produced Hackathon that concluded at BEA, HarperCollins is launching its own version with BookSmash Challenge, a contest running from today through September 5 that asks developers developers "to create new digital products that 'break the binding' and re-imagine the book."  Developers will have access to works…

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