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Amazon's Kindle Ice Queen Is Back, Now With a Couple of Kids

AdWeek – 2012-02-10

After seeing Samsung's spirited swing at Apple users, Amazon's continuing anti-Apple pandering just feels weak. The new ad for the Kindle Fire pits a dorky, single iPad user against a Kindle-reading...

ABA joins Amazon boycott

The Bookseller – 2012-02-09

The American Booksellers Association has joined the growing list of US retailers to boycott the...

Bertelsmann reports 2011 revenue growth

The Bookseller – 2012-02-09

Random House parent company Bertelsmann has reported slight revenue growth for the 2011 fiscal...

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...

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...

Jobs to go as PGUK closes Enfield warehouse

The Bookseller – 2012-02-08

Nineteen staff at book sales and distribution company Publishers Group UK are facing redundancy...

Media Decoder Blog: Magazine Newsstand Sales Suffered Sharp Falloff in Second Half of 2011

The New York Times – 2012-02-07

The availability of content across various platforms contributed to declines in newsstand sales for print magazines, analysts said. Women's and celebrity magazines suffered sharp dropoffs.

Indigo and Books-a-Million join boycott of Amazon print titles

The Bookseller – 2012-02-06

Canadian bookselling chain Indigo Books and Music and Books-a-Million have joined ranks with...

Tough Week for Amazon

Publishers Weekly – 2012-02-03

Despite posting a 35% sales increase for the fourth quarter and earnings that were better than expected (if still down compared to a year ago), last week was a tough one for Amazon. Analysts and...

Amazon launches India e-commerce site

The Bookseller – 2012-02-02

Amazon has this morning launched an e-commerce site in India called The platform...

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...

Barnes & Noble says it won't stock Amazon titles – 2012-02-02

Barnes & Noble is attempting to irk its publishing rival Inc. by not stocking Amazon published titles in its stores.

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...

PPC reveals 2011 shortlists

The Bookseller – 2012-02-01

The Publishers' Publicity Circle (PPC) has revealed the shortlists for its 2011 awards,...

Trinity Mirror to cut up to 75 jobs at nationals

Guardian – 2012-02-01

Publisher to partly merge reporting and production at Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People in a seven-day operationUp to 75 full- and part-time editorial jobs are to be cut at Trinity Mirror's...

VIDEO: Amazon expects low growth for late 2011

BBC News – 2012-01-31

Amazon has been pushing into new markets with products like the Kindle e-book, but investors are worried that the expansion is coming at the expense of profits.

Big names lose print traction in digital 2011

The Bookseller – 2012-01-30

Despite another sterling year for Jamie Oliver, Britain's bestselling authors generated their...

Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its Life

The New York Times – 2012-01-29

As Barnes & Noble fights for its future, the publishing industry is holding its breath.

Amazon vs. Publishers

BusinessWeek – 2012-01-27

Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Brad Stone looks at Amazon's transformation from selling books to making books

Anobii chief says drop DRM to fight Amazon

The Bookseller – 2012-01-26

Matteo Berlucchi, chief executive of the social e-retailer Anobii, has urged publishers to drop...

Amazon strikes print deal with HMH

The Bookseller – 2012-01-25 has struck a print licensing agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which will...

10 Bestselling Books With 50 Plus One-Star Amazon Reviews

Media Bistro – 2012-01-24

Read before you complain about bad reviews! These bestselling books have received more than 50 one-star reviews on Amazon. Check out the list on GalleyCat and meet us on Twitter to join in the...

Amazon Expected to Cut Kindle Fire Orders in Half as New iPad Looms

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-20

Sources from Amazon's supply chain in the Far East indicated to DigiTimes that Kindle Fire orders with original device manufacturers are expected to be just 3 million units this quarter. That's half...

Inside Apple: The Company Behind Steve Jobs

BusinessWeek – 2012-01-20

Author Adam Lashinsky says his book is not a biography of Steve Jobs, but of Apple

Trade players see 2011 print slump

The Bookseller – 2012-01-20

The migration of print sales to digital has been most keenly felt by Britain's biggest...

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...

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...

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 "...

Hodder's One Day crowned as 2011's biggest seller

The Bookseller – 2012-01-13

David Nicholls' One Day (Hodder) sold almost twice as many copies as the next bestselling...

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.

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...

35 Jobs To Go As Trinity Closes 5 Offices In Scotland

Editor & Publisher – 2012-01-12

Trinity Mirror is closing five offices in Scotland a month after announcing plans to merge the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail with sister company Scottish and Universal Newspapers. The...

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...

Consumer Mag Advertising Sputters in Second Half 2011

Folio Magazine – 2012-01-11

Early PIB gains in revenue and pages negated in the third and fourth quarters.

Amazon launches new touch-friendly Kindle Store for iPad

GigaOM – 2012-01-10

Amazon has now broken out its touch-friendly shopping experience for the iPad from its Kindle Cloud Reader product, in an effort to make it easier for everyone to buy books from the Kindle Store, and...

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...

Whistleblowers earn a record $532 million in 2011

Reuters – 2012-01-07

(Reuters) - Whistleblowers earned more than $532 million in 2011 through lawsuits alleging fraud against the U.S. government, a record for such payouts, according to a law firm study published on...

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...

James Franco signs deal with Amazon for first novel

Reuters – 2012-01-05

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After receiving tepid reviews for his first book of fictional short stories, actor James Franco has sold his debut novel to Amazon Publishing, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Publishers look to digital as physical sales slump £100m in 2011

The Bookseller – 2012-01-05

Strong e-book sales over the festive period compensated for the decline in physical sales,...

James Franco signs publishing deal with Amazon

Chicago Tribune – 2012-01-04

The actor and student will publish a novel with the publishing houseJames Franco, the actor-writer-producer-graduate student, has signed a publishing deal with Amazon's fledgling publishing house,...

Karl Marx, Harper Lee sold big in 2011

Chicago Tribune – 2012-01-04

Used book-selling website AbeBooks' biggest sale in 2011 was of Karl Marx's "Das Kapital," the three-volume first edition published by Otto Meissner in 1867. Ironically, someone paid $51,739 for the...

Print Decline Accelerated In 2011

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-30

The cannibalization of print by digital accelerated in 2011, with unit sales in the outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan falling 8.9% with one week to go in the year. The drop in print sales was...

Amazon may benefit as digital goods sales jump

Reuters – 2011-12-23

(Reuters) - Digital goods are the fastest-growing category online this holiday, led by e-books, suggesting Inc's strategy of blanketing the world with cheap e-readers and tablet computers...

How Amazon is helping to sustain long-form journalism

GigaOM – 2011-12-23

Amazon has been taking a beating recently for what some see as its attempt to cut in on the business of independent booksellers, and for its ongoing disruption of the e-book market via its Kindle...

Amazon app update turns an iPad into a Kindle Fire

Poynter. – 2011-12-22

CNET Until today, people with iPads or iPhones could use Amazon’s Kindle app only to read e-books. But a newly released version 2.9 of the app adds access to the over 400 magazines and newspapers...

Amazon Says Kindle Selling More Than 1 Million Devices Per Week

BusinessWeek – 2011-12-16 Inc., the world’s largest Internet retailer, said customers have bought more than 1 million of its Kindle e-book readers and tablets each week for three weeks in a row.

Jobs Bio a Global Hit: International Bestsellers December 2011

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-16

A few days after Amazon announced that the Steve Jobs biography was its top-selling book of 2011 (combined print and e-book sales), the book debuted on bestseller charts around the world, including...

Reader's Digest Association Cuts 150 Jobs Worldwide

Folio Magazine – 2011-12-16

Reader’s Digest Association has eliminated 150 positions across all of its business groups worldwide, with half the cuts affecting jobs in the U.S. and the other half international.

The Amazon Workaround

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-16

Fear that Amazon will come to dominate the bookselling market is nothing new in the publishing industry. But last week, as booksellers continued to decry the company’s price check app (which could...

Faber to publish Cowell biography

The Bookseller – 2011-12-15

Faber is to publish a "definitive" biography of entertainment mogul Simon Cowell by...

Five best money books of 2011

Chicago Tribune – 2011-12-15

I can't say it's been a great year for investing books. It's been hard enough to keep up with the gyrating stock market and European crisis. Fortunately, there are a handful of books that manage to...

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...

Magazine Launches Up 23.8 Percent in 2011

Folio Magazine – 2011-12-15

The number of magazines launched in 2011 jumped 23.8 percent, from 193 to 239, compared to 2010, according to magazine database Meanwhile, the number of closures fell 13.6 percent,...

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...

Report reveals OFT thinking on Amazon/TBD decision

The Bookseller – 2011-12-15

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) rejected publishers' claims that the merger of The Book...

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...

High Country News sends out surprisingly truthful press release

Poynter. – 2011-12-14

One of the more unusual — and honest — press releases comes today from Colorado’s High Country News. The magazine announced a change to its subscriptions that allow full subscribers access to its...

Amazon kicks off 'January sales'

The Bookseller – 2011-12-12 has announced its New Year discounting already, launching what it calls "...

Google unveils mobile-formatted news magazine Currents

Betanews – 2011-12-09

Google on Thursday officially launched Google Currents, a news reading application for Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets, and publishing backend for content producers. Similar in concept...

The 2011 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners

Folio Magazine – 2011-12-09

FOLIO:’s Eddie and Ozzie awards competition is the largest of its kind for magazine publishers. It also has the proud distinction of being the only awards event open to magazines and websites of all...

The Amazon Price Check App and The Battle over 'Showrooming'

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-09

If “showrooming” wasn’t part of the industry lexicon before last week, it is now, thanks to Amazon’s price check app that gives customers up to $15 in discounts to those who scan prices of...

How to Share Amazon Kindle ebooks

PC World – 2011-12-08

I love reading, and I love books. I don't care much about the medium--paper or digital, it's all the same to me, for the most part.

Amazon buys Marshall Cavendish's US kids' books

San Francisco Chronicle – 2011-12-07

(12-06) 15:08 PST SAN FRANCISCO, (AP) -- Inc. says it will buy 450 of educational and consumer book publisher Marshall Cavendish Corp.'s U.S. children's book titles. Seattle-based Amazon...

Amazon to buy over 450 children's book titles

Reuters – 2011-12-07

(Reuters) - Inc said on Tuesday it agreed to acquire more than 450 children's book titles in the U.S. from publisher Marshall Cavendish. buys children's books list from Marshall Cavendish

The Bookseller – 2011-12-07 has acquired 450 titles from publisher Marshall Cavendish, marking the retailer's...

Book on coming in 2013 – 2011-12-07, the country's largest online bookseller, will itself be the subject of a book coming out in 2013.

Less than two months after release, 'Steve Jobs' is Amazon's top seller of 2011

San Jose Mercury News – 2011-12-07

Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs has become the best-selling book of 2011 on less than two months after it was released.

Dermot Desmond increases Independent News & Media stake

Guardian – 2011-12-05

Millionaire investor now owns between 3.5% and 4% of Irish media group, making him third most significant shareholderMillionaire financier and investor Dermot Desmond had almost doubled his stake in...

How publishers gave Amazon a stick to beat them with

GigaOM – 2011-12-03

Amazon has been busy disrupting the traditional publishing market by encouraging self-publishing and signing authors to its own in-house imprint, but author Charles Stross argues that publishers...

Off the Shelf: ALA Preview 2011

Publishers Weekly – 2011-12-02

More than 10,000 librarians, publishers, authors, and vendors will gather in Dallas, January 20–24, for the 2012 American Library Association Midwinter meeting. Among the meeting’s highlights: the...

Online-only News Brands Garner More “Buzz” than Print-Affiliated Counterparts

Folio Magazine – 2011-12-02

Online-only news sites received more—and more positive—online “buzz” than their print-affiliated counterparts in 2011, according to a data-mining tool developed by digital marketing agency Zeta...

Christmas gifts 2011: which books will be under your tree?

Guardian – 2011-11-27

Our critics choose the books they intend to give this Christmas, and the ones they hope to receiveWhat do you think are the best books of 2011? Take part in our open thread discussion hereDiana...

Finding Your Way Through the Digital Maze: E-Solutions 2011

Publishers Weekly – 2011-11-25

Book publishers know that their business is changing, and quickly. Whether it’s online publishing through the Web, downloadable e-books, or app development, digital content and the technology that...

In Fight with Amazon, Libraries Caught in the Crossfire

Publishers Weekly – 2011-11-25

When Penguin announced last week that it was disabling library e-book lending on the Kindle and pulling its latest e-book titles from all library lending platforms, libraries and readers took the...

Penguin to restore e-backlist for Amazon lending

The Bookseller – 2011-11-24

Penguin US will restore its supply of backlist titles for e-book lending to Amazon until the end...

Amazon Black Friday promotions underway

The Bookseller – 2011-11-23

Amazon UK's week of Black Friday Deals is...

In the year of the e-book, 5 lessons from — and for — news organizations

Poynter. – 2011-11-19

Mark 2011 as the year news organizations discovered e-books. Sure, Time Magazine tried one back in 2010, but this year at least 10 other newspapers, magazines or news websites have published at least...

News Leadership 3.0 -- SOPA: Could this proposed IP law chill news innovation?

Online Journalism Review – 2011-11-19

Controversial new legislation aimed at defending intellectual property rights is making its way through Congress. It’s sparked considerable backlash across the internet. While protecting copyright...

Independent News & Media cuts profit forecast

Guardian – 2011-11-18

Belfast Telegraph owner revises expectations for full-year operating profits down to €74mIrish publisher Independent News & Media has cut its full-year profit forecast, after admitting the economic...

International Bestsellers, November 2011: Literary Novels Hit in Germany, Italy

Publishers Weekly – 2011-11-18

The top three fiction titles in Germany were all debuts in October, led by In Times of Fading Light, which recently won the 2011 German Book Prize and is set for publication in the U.S. by Graywolf...

Sky News faces contempt charge over reporting of kidnap couple

Guardian – 2011-11-18

Attorney general acts over alleged breach of injunction against publishing details of Paul and Rachel Chandler's welfareThe attorney general is applying to bring contempt of court proceedings against...

2011 National Book Award Winners

Media Bistro – 2011-11-17

Today on the Morning Media Menu (MP3 link), we revealed the winners of the 2011 National Book Awards. AgencySpy editor Kiran Aditham (pictured) also talked about the launch of Google's new music...

Donaldson: Gloucs/Somerset ruling "best news all year"

The Bookseller – 2011-11-17

Written By: Benedicte Page Publication Date: Thu, 17/11/2011 - 09:30 Children's laureate Julia Donaldson has welcomed yesterday's High Court ruling against library closures in Gloucestershire and...

Trinity Mirror closes papers, cuts jobs

Guardian – 2011-11-15

Trinity Mirror is to carry out another restructuring of its Midlands operation in order to cut almost 70 jobs. It will also close three free weeklies. Some 38 editorial staff and 11 advertising...

Unboxing: Amazon Kindle Fire

GigaOM – 2011-11-15

The highly anticipated Amazon Kindle Fire arrived in our offices on Monday, so we unbox it and take our first look. The Kindle Fire is Amazon's first foray into tablets after proving it knows a thing...

US Authors Guild attacks Amazon over Kindle Lending

The Bookseller – 2011-11-15

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Tue, 15/11/2011 - 10:12 The US Authors Guild has accused of "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers by signing them up to its new...

Up to 150 jobs on the line at Eason

The Bookseller – 2011-11-14

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 14/11/2011 - 08:25 The long wait for news about job cuts at Eason's should be over by the end of this month following weeks of negotiation, it has...

Steve Jobs nominated as Time's Person of the Year

San Jose Mercury News – 2011-11-10

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs has been nominated for Time magazine's Person of the Year award; if he wins, he would be the first person to receive the award posthumously.

Adobe Shares Fall as Software Maker Cuts 750 Jobs, Shifts Focus

BusinessWeek – 2011-11-09

Adobe Systems Inc. shares fell the most in 13 months after the company said it will cut 750 jobs as it lessens its focus on older products and shifts investment to programs for digital publishing and...

Amazon bets on in-store Kindle sales in France

Reuters – 2011-11-09

PARIS (Reuters) - The world's largest Internet retailer,, plans to sell its Kindle e-book tablet at Virgin Megastore outlets in France as it tries to inject life into a market that has...

Haynes tops Amazon's best books of 2011

The Bookseller – 2011-11-09

Written By: Benedicte Page Publication Date: Wed, 09/11/2011 - 08:12 has chosen Elizabeth Haynes' debut Into the Darkest Corner (Myriad Editions) as its best book of 2011, as part of a...

UPDATE 1-Wolters Kluwer keeps 2011 guidance

Reuters – 2011-11-09

AMSTERDAM, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer stuck to its full-year guidance in a third-quarter trading update on Wednesday as expected, but said recent macro economic concerns have...

Canadian Culinary Book Awards 2011

CNW – 2011-11-08

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The winners of the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards were announced at a gala awards ceremony today at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Canadian Culinary...

Chopra book to Amazon in "game-changing" deal

The Bookseller – 2011-11-07

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 08:45 Amazon has acquired a memoir by bestselling author Dr Deepak Chopra and his brother Dr Sanjiv Chopra. Amazon's Larry Kirshbaum...

Deepak Chopra, brother in book deal with Amazon

San Francisco Chronicle – 2011-11-07

(11-06) 11:14 PST NEW YORK, (AP) -- is adding another high-profile name to its publishing roster. The literary agent for spiritual doctor Deepak Chopra and his physician brother Sanjiv...

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