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Bookmarks: Author appearances, book sales and more

SacBee – 2012-02-12

Judith Horstman for "Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain," comes to the Avid Reader at the Tower. Judith Horstman for "Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain," will be at...

Get 'The Long Tail' E-Book for Free--in Comic-Book Form!

PC World – 2012-02-10

It may sound a little strange, but the SmarterComics version of this business bestseller is quite engaging. Here's your chance to read it online free of charge.

Piano Media, Group Paywalls and Lessons From TV Subscriptions

Editor & Publisher – 2012-02-10

Tomáš Bella likes thinking big. The CEO of Piano Media, the Slovakian company that is building a consortium of 12 publishers and 50 sites in eastern Europe using its paywall technology,...

The Value Of a Book

Publishers Weekly – 2012-02-10

How much money is a book really worth? Is it the $25 to $30 publishers typically ask for the hardcover edition? Is it the discounted price plus shipping that an online retailer charges? What if...

News Corp hit by $87m NotW costs

Media Week – 2012-02-09

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has reported a 43% hit on its publishing arm, which includes its UK national newspapers, reducing the unit's operating income to $218m (£138m) as it was hit by...

Cult of the Leader wins CMI Management Book award

The Bookseller – 2012-02-08

The Cult of the Leader (Wiley), written by Christopher Bones, has been named as the CMI...

GigaOm Buys Digital-Media News Site PaidContent

Editor & Publisher – 2012-02-08

GigaOm, the digital-media company that publishes a popular tech blog of the same name, is buying the digital-media news site from London-based Guardian News & Media, GigaOM said...

New book details years of emails between writer and magazine fact checker

Poynter. – 2012-02-08

An email exchange between writer John D’Agata and Believer intern Jim Fingal, who was given the job of fact checking D’Agata’s article: JIM FINGAL: Hi, John. I’m the intern who’s been...

Waterstones Childrens Book Prize shortlist revealed

The Bookseller – 2012-02-08

This year's shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize includes new talent...

Dummies Euro Crisis e-book

The Bookseller – 2012-02-06

Wiley imprint For Dummies is publishing a 99p mini e-book, The Euro Crisis for Dummies by Julian...

Browns launches e-book platform

The Bookseller – 2012-02-03

Book supplier Browns Books for Students is to launch an e-book platform especially for schools...

The ToC Perspective: A Call for a Unified E-book Market

Publishers Weekly – 2012-02-03

Imagine buying a car that locks you into one brand of fuel. That new BMW only runs on BMW gas. There are plenty of BMW gas stations around, so convenience isn't an issue. But if a different brand of...

Are investors choosing Journal Register over Philadelphia’s Inquirer, Daily News?

Poynter. – 2012-02-02

I was as puzzled as the next guy when I learned Sunday that the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the city’s two dailies, is on the auction block. This comes a mere 17 months since a group...

BBC Books in two-year deal with "The Voice"

The Bookseller – 2012-02-02

BBC Books has signed a two-year publishing deal with the BBC's upcoming talent show "The...

Robert Munsch book translated for children of Nunavut

CBC – 2012-02-02

The Nunavut Literacy Council has published the book Just One Goal, by acclaimed Canadian children's author Robert Munsch, in the Inuit language.

Amazon ups UK e-book sales five-fold

The Bookseller – 2012-02-01 increased Kindle e-book sales by five times in its fourth quarter but its parent...

January book spend falls as digital bites

The Bookseller – 2012-02-01

Printed book sales fell 12% year on year in January, with spending falling to its lowest point...

Toshiba outlines e-book ambitions

The Bookseller – 2012-01-31

Toshiba, which will launch its first dedicated digital reader on 10th February, is aiming to...

Why investors bought 71 US newspapers last year

Guardian – 2012-01-31

There is still a newspaper publishing market in the United States. Seventy-one of the country's daily newspapers changed hands last year in deals totalling just under $800m (£509m).Why? A New York...

Quercus reports 270% December e-book sales growth

The Bookseller – 2012-01-30

Quercus has reported that sales of its non-Larsson books increased by 83% over the last quarter...

War Horse UK's bestselling book for second week

The Bookseller – 2012-01-25

Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse (Egmont) was once again the bestselling book in the UK last...

'Agile' publishing at Digital Book World

The Bookseller – 2012-01-24

Publishers may be falling out of love with apps, but they need to fall in love with their...

Media Decoder Blog: Children's Book Award Winners Named

The New York Times – 2012-01-24

The awards are the most prestigious in children's literature.

One in four Americans own an e-book reader or tablet

Betanews – 2012-01-24

That's a dramatic change from just a few months ago and, perhaps not coincidentally, before new Nooks and Kindles lowered price of entry for both categories. Between December and January, the number...

Abrams made director of Jewish Book Week

The Bookseller – 2012-01-23

Journalist and TV researcher Hester Abrams has been appointed to the role of director of literary...

Media Decoder: 'Hunger Games' Book Sales Bode Well for the Film

The New York Times – 2012-01-23

The actress Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the movie adaptation of "The Hunger Games."

Study finds tablet, e-book ownership soared – 2012-01-23

Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study finds.

Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-23

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers,...

Tablet and e-book reader ownership takes off

CBC – 2012-01-23

Computer tablets and e-book readers are surging in popularity with nearly a third of Americans owning at least one of the digital devices, according to a new study.

Want to go “Inside Apple”? Read this book

GigaOM – 2012-01-23

For the second time in three months a book is set to appear that endeavors to explain the "magic" and mystery of why Apple can do with it does. On Wednesday, "Inside Apple" by Fortune reporter Adam...

Barnes & Noble captures 25% of e-book market

San Francisco Chronicle – 2012-01-20

Number of the day 25% That's Barnes & Noble 's share of the U.S. electronic-book industry. While the company is a distant second to in the market, Barnes & Noble is generating $1.5 billion...

Anticipation builds for Apple education news

The Bookseller – 2012-01-19

Apple will today lift the lid on a hotly anticipated education announcement which many...

Apple debuts free e-book publishing app

CNN – 2012-01-19

Apple on Thursday announced a new platform for creating and reading digital textbooks.

Apple unveils iBooks Author, a Mac app for easy interactive e-book authoring

GigaOM – 2012-01-19

Apple's Roger Rosner, Apple VP of productivity software, showed off Apple's new iBooks Author on Thursday at Apple's special media event in NYC. iBooks author is a Mac app that provides tools to help...

Apple's New Math. Or: Why a $15 E-Book Equals a $75 Paper Book.

AllThingsD – 2012-01-19

It's like the old "make it up on volume" joke. Except this time it might work, if students and school districts play along.

Jones to leave The Book Depository

The Bookseller – 2012-01-19

The Book Depository’s IT director Will Jones is departing the company after four years....

Pearson reports 'competitive' year

The Bookseller – 2012-01-19

Digital services and expansion into emerging economies are leading Pearson’s economic...

Pearson reveals profit upgrade and predicts 10% boost in full-year earnings

Guardian – 2012-01-19

Financial Times publisher says it earned £2bn in digital revenues last year and £600m from emerging marketsPearson, the owner of the Financial Times and book publisher Penguin, announced a profit...

How to make money from digital news

Guardian – 2012-01-18

There is still cash to be made from journalism when the presses stop rollingAdvertising still dominates the newspaper revenue model. Depending upon the particular country, it is not uncommon to see...

News Corp to Buy Minority Stake in Dubai's Media Company Moby Group

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-18

Rupert Murdoch's US media giant News Corp is expanding its presence in the Middle East media market and beyond by agreeing to acquire a minority stake in Dubai-based media company Moby Group. Under...

Germany joins World Book Night

The Bookseller – 2012-01-17

World Book Night is continuing its international spread, with Germany now set to join the UK...

Viking: early book sales ‘promising’

The Bookseller – 2012-01-17

Stationery retailer Viking has reported a “promising” start to its bookselling...

War Horse UK's bestselling book

The Bookseller – 2012-01-17

Michael Morpurgo's War Horse (Egmont) was comfortably the bestselling book in the UK last...

Amazon moves closer to Brazil e-book launch

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Amazon has hired Mauro Widman as Kindle "vendor manager" in Brazil, to prepare for a...

Associated Press Opens News Bureau in North Korea

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-16

North Korea has allowed the Associated Press to open the first full western news bureau in the tightly controlled and highly secretive country. The North permits foreign media occasional visits,...

Bloomsbury e-book sales up nearly 40% in final quarter of 2011

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Bloomsbury had a "strong" final three months of 2011, with e-book sales growing "...

Mirror launches year-long reading campaign

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

The Daily Mirror is to run a We Love Reading campaign, backed by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy,...

Waterstones launches 'book club' promotion

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Waterstones has launched a "book club" promotion, with the strapline: "Books you...

German book retailer to restructure to face digital challenge

The Bookseller – 2012-01-13

The earnings of German book retailer Thalia's parent group Douglas Holding will be hit by the...

Newport News Daily Press Newspaper Cuts 30 Jobs

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-13

The Daily Press newspaper announced Friday it has laid off 30 workers.

The Able Newspaper Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-13

Twenty years ago, Able Newspaper’s publisher Angela Miele Melledy wondered if there would be enough content about people with disabilities to fill a monthly newspaper. Today, she wonders how...

Will Pay-Per-View Model for Online News Become the Norm?

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-13

TORONTO — The head of Postmedia Network believes the newspaper chain’s competitors will soon follow it towards an online pay-per-view model as the industry searches for new digital...

Halifax Media Drops Plans Requiring Employees to Sign a Two-Year, Non-Compete Agreement

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-12

Halifax Media Group, the company which recently bought a chain of newspapers known as the New York Times Regional Media Group, has apparently dropped plans to have those employees sign a non-compete...

News Corp. for First Time Details Tabloid Bribe for Story on Child Killer

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-12

News Corp. (NWSA) for the first time publicly detailed bribery by a journalist at its now-defunct News of the World, telling a court that a former editor agreed to pay a prison guard to get a story...

HarperCollins Sues E-Book Publisher

The Wall Street Journal – 2012-01-11

HarperCollins is suing Open Road Integrated Media, a company run by one of its former CEOs, heating up the debate over who owns the e-book rights to decades-old titles.

US book sales hold up, despite Borders collapse and e-book growth

The Bookseller – 2012-01-11

Print books sales in the US fell 9% in 2011, with strong growth in digital sales appearing to...

Doubleday Canada to Publish a New Book from North American Comedy Star Gerry Dee

CNW – 2012-01-10

TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Doubleday Canada is pleased to announce that it will publish a new book from acclaimed comedian Gerry Dee. The as-of-yet untitled book will hit stores in the fall of...

Social Embed Makes Houston News Stickier

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-10

To the shopworn adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” Houston’s Belo-owned KHOU has added an interesting twist when it comes to social media: If you...

Elton John's first book to Hodder

The Bookseller – 2012-01-09

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired music star Sir Elton John's first book, Love is The Cure...

HuffPost Book Club Goes Live

Media Bistro – 2012-01-09

The HuffPost Book Club is now live, as readers around the globe discuss The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu (MP3 link), Huffington Post Books editor...

Media Decoder: Author Found on Penguin's Web Site Signs Book Deal

The New York Times – 2012-01-09

An imprint of Penguin Group USA discovered Kerry Schafer after she posted samples on, a site that lets writers share their work.

New York Times reporter doesn’t mind that she didn’t interview Obamas for her book

Poynter. – 2012-01-07

Chicago magazine

Friends of Sacramento Public Library hold book sale this weekend

SacBee – 2012-01-06

The Friends of Sacramento Public Library's warehouse clearing sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Book Den Warehouse, 8250 Belvedere Ave., Suite E. A preview for...

Library Lines: Library books can help you with New Year's resolutions

San Jose Mercury News – 2012-01-06

The holidays are over, and New Year's resolutions are set. Thousands of books in the library's collection can guide you through difficult times as you try to follow through with those resolutions.

US publishers create company to monitor use of news output

Guardian – 2012-01-06

The Associated Press and 28 US news organisations are launching a company to measure the unpaid online use of their original reporting.It will also seek to convert unauthorised websites, blogs and...

Barnes & Noble shares under pressure as company explores Nook e-book business options – 2012-01-05

Barnes & Noble shares under pressure as company explores Nook e-book business options

Kobo e-book sales increase seven-fold in December

The Bookseller – 2012-01-05

Daily Kobo e-book sales in the UK increased seven times in December as the company revealed one...

R&J Spring Book Club titles announced

The Bookseller – 2012-01-05

Harper has scored two of the eight spots in Richard & Judy's Spring Book Club, with the...

Watson joins 10 'unputdownables' for TV Book Club

The Bookseller – 2012-01-05

"The TV Book Club" returns to More4 on Sunday 29th January with author S J Watson's...

Watson joins 10 'unputownables' for TV Book Club

The Bookseller – 2012-01-05

"The TV Book Club" returns to More4 on Sunday 29th January with author S J Watson's...

Dawn Porter follows editor to Hot Key Book

The Bookseller – 2012-01-04

Hot Key Books has signed two-books by journalist Dawn Porter, as the author follows her editor...

Printed book sales fall as Christmas digital sales rise

The Bookseller – 2012-01-04

Physical book sales in the final week of the year totalled £22.5m — down 70% week on...

Booksellers roll out New Year sales promotions

The Bookseller – 2012-01-03

Booksellers are discounting books and e-books by up to 80% in post-Christmas promotions. Amazon...

Duffy among contenders for Costa Book of the Year

The Bookseller – 2012-01-03

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has won the Costa Poetry Award for The Bees (Picador), and debut...

Hachette reports a 'blockbuster' Christmas for e-book sales

The Bookseller – 2012-01-03

Hachette has reported a "blockbuster Christmas for e-books", selling more than 100,000...

Savannah Book Festival Comes Of Age

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-30

At just five years old, the Savannah Book Festival, in the genteel coastal city of Savannah, Ga., is carving a space for itself among the book festival big leagues, boasting not one but two of the...

Strong Finish to a Tough Year

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-30

Three stores in PW’s informal coast-to-coast survey of bookstores—Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass.; Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Iowa; and Skylight Books in Los Angeles—called this...

HC US sues over Open Road e-book

The Bookseller – 2011-12-28

HarperCollins US is suing digital publisher Open Road for copyright infringement after it...

"Goodnight iPad" Is the Perfect Book for the Kid Who Has Everything That Beeps

AllThingsD – 2011-12-27

The parody of the classic children's book "Goodnight Moon," which got a hilarious analog update for the digital generation is a holiday hit.

Digital Domain: For Libraries and Publishers, an E-Book Tug of War

The New York Times – 2011-12-25

E-books and audio books on the Web site of the New York Public Library. Publishers are waiting for an industrywide approach to e-lending to gel.

Chinese e-tailer Dangdang launches e-book platform

The Bookseller – 2011-12-23

China's biggest online book retailer Dangdang has launched its e-book platform in China, with...

Moran wins Galaxy Book of the Year

The Bookseller – 2011-12-23

Journalist Caitlin Moran's take on modern feminism How to Be A Woman, published by Ebury, has...

UK government holds firm on e-book VAT

The Bookseller – 2011-12-23

The UK government has reiterated its view that it cannot bring down value added tax on e-books...

'Confessions' is e-book of the year

The Bookseller – 2011-12-22

The Friday Project's Confessions of a GP has been crowned the top-selling UK e-book of the...

Pan Mac launches e-book bundles

The Bookseller – 2011-12-22

Pan Macmillan has launched its first e-book bundles, collections of two or three titles in a...

Foyles reports third year of profitable trading

The Bookseller – 2011-12-21

Foyles has reported a third year of profitable trading, despite "deep concern" about...

Gallimard reduces e-book prices

The Bookseller – 2011-12-21

Gallimard reduced the prices of its 1,500 e-books on Monday (19th December), two weeks ahead of...

Wish Book: Shelter Network draws reader support

San Jose Mercury News – 2011-12-21

A Wish Book story this week about a young woman pulling herself out of homelessness and joblessness with the help of nonprofit organization Shelter Network really affected reader Mary Stenseph of San...

Authors of book about rural town of Rescue to hold signing today

SacBee – 2011-12-19

The authors of a new history book about the rural community of Rescue – between Folsom and Placerville – will have a gathering and book signing today.

Media Decoder Blog: A New Children's Book Parodies a Beloved Classic

The New York Times – 2011-12-19

"Goodnight iPad" is a bedtime tour of our electronic lives, mimicking the tone of the classic "Goodnight Moon."

E-book prices spark battle between publishers, retailers

CBC – 2011-12-17

The issue of e-book prices has sparked a global controversy as publishers lock horns with book retailers over how much consumers should pay.

E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock

AllThingsD – 2011-12-16

Cheap new e-readers are expected to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. But new owners of Kindles and Nooks may be in for sticker shock on Christmas morning: The price gap between the...

Google eBooks One Year Later

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-16

Since its launch last December in partnership with the American Booksellers Association, Google eBooks has yet to capture significant market share. According to the Codex Group’s recent...

HuffPost Book Club on the Menu

Media Bistro – 2011-12-16

Today on the Morning Media Menu (MP3 link), Huffington Post Books editor Andrew Losowsky discussed how writers and readers can get involved in the site's newest venture. Losowsky explained how...

Vogue launches online archive of every American issue in its 119-year history

Guardian – 2011-12-16

The 400,000 images no doubt constitute the world's most glamorous picture library – but subscription comes at a priceIn 1988, when the printers received the image for the November issue of American...

Graphic book reimagines key time in Steve Jobs' life

Reuters – 2011-12-15

(Reuters) - Another new book about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is hitting bookshelves next month, this one a graphic narrative exploring the innovator's spiritual development, the publishers...

News of the World editor felt 'very bad' for printing Kate McCann's diaries

Guardian – 2011-12-15

Colin Myler says he had been assured by his news editor the McCanns were aware of the impending publicationThe last editor of the News of the World has said he felt "very bad" for publishing Kate...

Publishers still missing the point on e-book prices

GigaOM – 2011-12-15

By keeping e-book prices high, the Big Six book publishers are not only getting less money from their books in many cases, but they are also fuelling piracy and pushing readers away -- all of which...

Sticker Shock For E-Book Readers

The Wall Street Journal – 2011-12-15

New owners of Kindles and Nooks may be in for a surprise: the prices of some popular e-books have soared, and in some cases, the e-books are even more expensive than their printed equivalents.

Times says it should have credited Techdirt for breaking news about music website

Poynter. – 2011-12-15

Techdirt Thursday, Techdirt’s Mike Masnick broke a story about the federal government finally returning the domain of a music site to its owner after seizing it last year. Friday afternoon, The New...

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