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Another Concept Bookstore Opens -- Backed By Penguin Random House

Amazon isn't the only company of scale experimenting with a sleek new concept bookstore. Last Friday, a 1,000-square-foot concept store opened in under-served Puerto Rico with backing from Penguin Random House, in partnership with the island's Bookmark (which opened their first store in 2013). At the new Bookmark Boutique, "During its first…

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Australian Publishing Braces for New Battle As Government Proposes Dropping Book Import Restrictions

Australia's publishing (and bookselling) business has remained protected by "parallel import restrictions" that have kept the country relatively de-Amazoned -- but just as American antitrust law has been favoring low consumer prices over market consolidation, the Australian government is prioritizing lower prices for books over protecting the local publishing business. The…

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Google Play Gains Again, Even As Earnings Are Below Analysts' Estimates; Apple China iBooks Shutdown Confirmed

The headline from Thursday afternoon's earnings release from Alphabet/Google was that earnings came in below analysts' expectations, with first quarter sales of $20.3 billion up 17 percent. In the segment we follow, the glamorous "Other revenue" that incorporates the Google Play store, sales of $2.1 billion were up 24 percent…

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Malcolm Bouzi has joined Open Road as junior front end developer. Previously he was a web developer at the Araca Group. Farideh Koohi-Kamali has joined Peter Lang Publishers as senior vice president. She succeeds Christopher Myers, who has left the company after over 25 years as managing director and education…

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Stacy Creamer will join Regan Arts as svp, executive editor on April 15. Most recently she was executive editor at Hachette Books and before then was publisher at Touchstone. Andy Hunter has been named publisher of LitHub.com, overseeing the growing site -- which is a collaboration between Hunter's Electric Literature…

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HarperCollins Officially Expands in France, and More

It's book fair time -- as the Bologna Book Fair officially opens -- so Harper Collins has announced another expanded international unit. This time it is the formation of Harper Collins France. Previously, Harlequin SA was a joint venture in France with Hachette Livre, but Harper Collins bought out their partner. They will continue…

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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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Mondadori Rizzoli Merger Is Approved

Thirteen months after first making an offer, Mondadori has won conditional approval of their 127.5 million euro purchase of RCS Mediagroup's Rizzoli book publishing division from Italy's Antitrust Authority. RCS told shareholders the closing of the deal is set for mid-April. In line with the preliminary recommendations we reported on…

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Amazon's Misener Waffles In MFN Testimony

A UK Parliament committee has been gathering evidence on The Digital Economy, including a written complaint about Amazon's market power filed by the Bookseller's Association, and oral testimony from Amazon's vp of global public policy Paul Misener. On the question of most favored nations clauses, which are under investigation by the European…

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At PGW, Abbey Phalen has been promoted to marketing and business development manager. Katie Gallagher will join Perseus as gift sales manager on March 15, working out of the company's Berkeley offices. Previously she sold giftware and home décor products for Midwest CBK and was an account executive at Napoleon…

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