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Digital: Kobo Acquires Shelfie, Lost My Name In JV with Roald Dahl Estate

After taking on Shelfie's customers in February after the service closed, Kobo has now acquired what was left of Shelfie itself -- including their technology assets, IP, and the infrastructure on which the ecosystem runs, plus the hiring of Shelfie's teams. Kobo says that in "the coming months," it will "work…

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Securely Yours: A PM PSA

With internet privacy imperiled by Congress in the US, the major browsers have been encouraging web site owners to move to entirely secure sites -- and following recent updates, most of the popular browsers will flag regular HTTP links as "not secure." After a brief scramble, we have updated the entire…

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Microsoft's April 11 Update Will Roll Out eBookstore and In-Browser Reading

Microsoft formally confirmed that the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11 that will make the Microsoft Edge browser "the default reader for books in Windows Store" for ebooks purchased from the Windows Store. First reported in January, the features have been available only to a group of "Windows…

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Hachette UK Buys Bookouture

Hachette UK has announced the acquisition of digital publisher Bookouture, founded by Oliver Rhodes in 2012. Rhodes will continue to run the unit, and will also serve in the new position of digital publisher at Hachette UK, "steering and advising" to "help increase ebook sale across the group," and join…

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HarperCollins Celebrates 200 Years

HarperCollins announced a campaign to commemorate its 200th anniversary -- beginning with the creation of J. & J. Harper, Printers in 1817 -- focused around a new website. Anniversary events will include a campaign to support literacy and reading, charity projects, and an exhibition of historical items at the Columbia…

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HarperCollins Launches Book Recommendation Bots

HarperCollins has announced the launch of BookGenie and Epic Reads, two bot-powered book recommendation engines available through Facebook Messenger. Both provide book recommendations through one-on-one chatting. With Bookgenie, readers request a recommendation based on a book they enjoyed, or select from curated recommendations. Epic Reads, related to the publisher's YA-focused site,…

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People, Etc.

News Corp. has announced that Bedi Singh will step down as chief financial officer on March 1. Susan Panuccio, currently cfo of News Corp. Australia, will succeed him. Executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said in the release: "Through his astute financial management of key acquisitions and divestitures, and with the prudent…

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Kobo Plus eBook Subscription Service Launches In Holland and Belgium

Kobo has launched an ebook subscription service, called Kobo Plus, in Holland and Belgium, jointly created with their local partner, the online bookseller bol.com. Priced at €9.99 per month (with a one-month free trial), the services promises unlimited access to 16,000 titles in Dutch and over 40,000 titles in all,…

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Next to Close: Samhain Publishing

Nearly a year ago ebook publisher Samhain Publishing had told authors via email that it was "beginning the process of winding down due to our market share's continuing decline" and "approaching the point where we cannot sustain our business." Christina Brashear had written, "I won't drag this out any longer than I…

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People, Etc.

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts has joined Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency as agent and rights director. She will be focusing on her literary fiction, narrative non-fiction list, and young adult list. Roberts was most recently an agent at Writers House. In addition, Leigh Eisenman and Tanusri Prasanna have both been promoted to…

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