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UK Publishers Association Asks Government to Investigate Unnamed eBookselling Monopoly

UK trade group the Publishers Association issued "an eight point plan for growth" in book and journal publishing with recommendations for the government. The one drawing the most attention is a very polite, British request to consider whether having one company dominate ebookselling and online bookselling is a good idea.…

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European Court Approves Lower Taxes for eBooks; Management Buyout At Book People

Long after Luxembourg and France decided for themselves, the European Court has ruled that it really is ok for individual countries to charge lower Value Added Tax rates on ebooks. Reduced VAT was always allowed on printed books, but the statute never mentioned ebooks -- which most countries took to mean…

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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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People, Etc.

Simon & Schuster Australia managing director Lou Johnson has resigned from the company in order to "seek challenges in her career outside of Simon & Schuster, and potentially beyond the traditional publishing environment," the company said in the announcement, though she will stay "for the foreseeable future" to ensure a…

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Corporate: Harper eBooks In China, Amazon Expands In London, and Good Books Auction

HarperCollins announced an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation to sell English-language ebooks in China. It is "the first time the company has made its e-books directly available to consumers in China through a local retailer," though JD.com has partnered with Harper in selling their…

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Corporate: Bloomsbury Adds Conway; Full Fathom Digital; New Rizzoli Bookstore Lease

Bloomsbury has purchased the 200-title naval and military history list of Conway from Pavilion Books in the UK (the rebranded version of Anova). Bloomsbury will integrate the titles into their existing lines. Terms were not disclosed, but the Bookseller notes that Conway publisher John Lee will leave after 20 years in that…

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Hachette UK Creates New International Sales Group

Hachette UK announced the formation of a new international sales group division, to be overseen by Ben Wright, who will join the company in October as international sales director, responsible for international sales of titles published by the Hachette UK group of publishers, as well as titles published by HBG…

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People, Etc.: Sand Named Abrams Publisher; Hachette UK Merges Piatkus and C&R

Little, Brown executive editor Michael Sand will join Abrams as vp, publisher, adult trade as September 22. He has been at Little, Brown since 2006. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the announcement: "Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at…

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People, Etc.

Lia Ronnen has been promoted to publisher at Artisan, effective September 2. She succeeds Ann Bramson, who will now acquire books across Workman’s imprints with the new title of executive director, special projects at Workman. Of Ronnen's appointment, Bramson said in the announcement: "Lia is an amalgam of everything one…

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Book Sales in Indigo Q1 Grew For First Time in Almost Five Years

Canada's dominant bookseller Indigo reported fiscal first quarter (for the period ending June 28). Sales increased 5.4 percent, to $180.8 million CA, and the net loss of $14.0 million was an improvement upon the $20.9 million lost at the same time a year ago. Indigo largely attributed the quarter's revenue…

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