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Two powerful entertainment moguls, Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer, and Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp, are joining together to enter the turbulent world of book publishing.
Mr. Rudin and Frances Coady, a longtime publishing executive, have formed a partnership with Mr. Diller in a new venture called Brightline. It will publish e-books and eventually physical books in a partnership with Atavist, a publisher based in Brooklyn with expertise in producing electronic books and articles.
In an apparent switch in its pricing policy, Amazon said over the weekend that it would allow users of its new Kindle Fire tablet to pay to turn off ads as it had done with earlier devices.
Amazon announced three new Kindle Fire tablets and three new e-ink Kindles today.
Two of the e-ink models have a built in screen light.
Here are some articles:
1) Kindle Paperwhite Hands On: What a Beautiful Screen (Gizmodo)
4) Amazon introduces larger, cheaper Kindle tablets (USA Today)
Radio program - On the Media
Brooke speaks to Justin Robert Young, who, along with Brian Brushwood, inspired their podcast fans to write a fake erotic e-book and improve its ranking in the iBook store by buying it and leaving 5-star reviews. The idea was to mock the success of Fifty shades of Grey and its sequels. The book reached #4, but then something funny happened - people not in on the joke started buying and positively reviewing the book.
On the Media page for the story.
Nearly five months after Google said it would end a little-used program that allowed independent bookstores to sell its e-books, a Canadian e-reading company named Kobo has stepped in as a replacement.
The American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independents, said on Wednesday that it had formed a partnership with Kobo that would make the company’s platform available to bookstores. The partnership will begin with 400 bookstores this fall.
In building partnerships with libraries in Kansas, Denver and, just announced today, California, e-bookstore Bilbary is attempting to create a new e-books sales channel through libraries.
Bilbary has built a series of links on library websites that take patrons to the Bilbary site where they can buy e-books. The library who referred the patron gets 50% of the profit from the purchase.
A new ebook bestseller list from book publishing website and community Digital Book World aims to provide a clearer picture of the books that are actually driving the most revenue by taking price point, not just unit sales, into account.
The bookish internet exploded last week when, in what one report called "the worst craft idea ever," Lauren Conrad (star of MTV reality shows and author of teen novels) cut apart a set of Lemony Snicket books and used the spines to decorate an otherwise plain box. The outcries were variations on the theme of, Nooooo, not books! That bitch!