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Former agent to launch international organization for self-published authors

Former agent to launch international organization for self-published authors | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Just in time for the spring book season, a non-profit organization for self-published authors is getting an international roll-out.
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Best publicity stunt of the day: Lemony Snicket and Seth collaborate on new series

Best publicity stunt of the day: Lemony Snicket and Seth collaborate on new series | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Quill & Quire is not in the habit of publishing emails, but this one demands sharing.
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Skyreader, San Diego Zoo Bring Out New Wiggens Adventures

App developer Skyreader has signed an agreement with the San Diego Zoo that will bring three new e-book adventures starring Wiggens, the precocious Chocolate Labrador puppy, to the App Store beginning spring 2012.
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E-Textbook Use Down Among College Students

E-Textbook Use Down Among College Students | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Fewer college students bought and used e-textbooks in the 2011 academic year than in the year prior, according to a new report.
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Carmen Aguirre wins CBC Canada Reads

Carmen Aguirre wins CBC Canada Reads | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Carmen Aguirre came out victorious at this year’s CBC Canada Reads.
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We will measure our loss « PWxyz

We will measure our loss « PWxyz | Acquiring | Scoop.it
"Not permitting libraries to lend ebooks means that some people have less opportunity in their lives than others." http://t.co/sT125Tzn...
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The Ebook Crisis

The Ebook Crisis | Acquiring | Scoop.it
One of the big stories in Libraryland last week was Overdrive’s announcement that Penguin had suspended the availability of their ebooks from Overdrive and the “Get for Kindle” function,” followed two days later by the announcement that...
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Charles Taylor Prize reveals first ever longlist

Charles Taylor Prize reveals first ever longlist | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Since it was launched in 2000, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction has traditionally been among the first major literary prizes celebrated in the new year.
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Book links round-up: Terry Fallis on Canada e-Reads, niche booksellers succeed, and more

Book links round-up: Terry Fallis on Canada e-Reads, niche booksellers succeed, and more | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Turning CBC’s Canada Reads into Canada e-Reads would increase participation, argues Terry Fallis
Do niche bookstores have an edge in the digital age?
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Independent bookstores are not doomed. Here’s how they can fight back against Amazon.

Independent bookstores are not doomed. Here’s how they can fight back against Amazon. | Acquiring | Scoop.it
I didn’t make a lot of friends in the retail and publishing industries last week when I suggested that independent bookstores were the spawn of Satan.
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Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012

Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012 | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
It’s been a stormy year for book publishing, with many major players in the industry making big changes.
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Why the Nook's Books Could Trump the Kindle's Sizzle | Digital Book World

Why the Nook's Books Could Trump the Kindle's Sizzle | Digital Book World | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Today it may be that gigabytes and screen specs sell Kindles, Nooks and iPads. Tomorrow, it may be Android, iOS, apps and, yes, book selection.
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Publishing Perils in the Digital Age

Publishing Perils in the Digital Age | Acquiring | Scoop.it
A Hawaiian novelist finds her book contract canceled after she self-publishes a book with Amazon.
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Indigo boycotts books published by Amazon

Indigo boycotts books published by Amazon | Acquiring | Scoop.it
What began as a “simmering feud” during the Christmas selling season, when Amazon launched a promotion offering users discounts for purchasing products scanned in bricks-and-mortar stores, has escalated into “full-scale war,” according to an...
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Tracking Amazon: A Record Day for Shannon McKenna

Romance writer Shannon McKenna is dominating the Kindle bestseller charts one day after four of her novels were included in the Kindle Daily Deal for $0.99 each.
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BookRix Offers e-Book Distribution for Self-Published Authors

BookRix.com is launching e-book distribution services to enable self-published writers to make their books available on the Kindle, Nook, and other devices and online retailers.
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Indigo president resigns as profits fall in third quarter

Indigo president resigns as profits fall in third quarter | Acquiring | Scoop.it
After less than a year in the role, Tedford G. Marlow has resigned as president of Indigo Books & Music and resumed a senior position with U.S.-based retailer Urban Outfitters, where he has been named CEO.
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Penguin pulls out of OverDrive, stops ebook sales to libraries

Penguin pulls out of OverDrive, stops ebook sales to libraries | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Penguin Group has announced it will no longer provide ebooks to OverDrive, effective immediately. With the termination of the relationship between the publisher and the U.S.
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Why publishers should give away ebooks

Why publishers should give away ebooks | Acquiring | Scoop.it
I used to buy a lot of MP3s. I don't anymore. That's not to say I don't listen to MP3s. I have about 10,000 of the little guys squeezed like vienna sausages into my iTunes music folder, and I listen to them a lot.
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BISG Policy Statement on ISBN Usage

"The Book Industry Study Group after long deliberation and incredibly astute consulting has announced its policy recommendation for the use of ISBNs for digital products..." View Full Article...
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Anatomy of the Steve Jobs Amazon Best-Seller

Anatomy of the Steve Jobs Amazon Best-Seller | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Yesterday, Amazon announced that Simon & Schuster’s biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is its best-selling book of the year, combining print and digital.
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Make It Work: Publishers Need to Embrace Ebooks

"It's been a big year for ebooks. We've seen exponential growth in market share and revenue, new platforms and readers, and even what some might call 'recognition,' most notably in the creation of an ebook best-seller list in The New York Times.
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Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011 | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Critic, gadfly, supporter of the Iraq war, misogynist, atheist. Christopher Hitchens was all these things.
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New Jane Austen family papers made available for public viewing

New Jane Austen family papers made available for public viewing | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The good news is that a slate of Jane Austen family books, previously available only to academics, has been digitized and is being offered for viewing by members of the public.
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Kobo to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten

Kobo to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Kobo announced Tuesday it has entered into a definite agreement under which it will be acquired by the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. The deal is expected to close in early 2012.
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