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Topic: Books

Voltaire Stumps for Amazon in First Ad for Kindle Fire

Regular Kindle gets a new spot, too

Amazon derived the names for its Kindle and Kindle Fire e-readers from a quote by 18th-century French writer and philosopher Voltaire. That's cool. I guess. The quote figures prominently in…

Amazon Planning 'Netflix for Books'

Also in talks to gather content for upcoming tablet

Amazon has been keeping busy during the long summer lull, preparing for the launch of its upcoming tablet and pitching a new digital book service that would allow premium customers…

Penguin E-Book Biz Up 128%

Electronic sales now total 14 percent of the publisher's revenue

In a half-year earnings disclosure from Penguin’s parent company Pearson, the firm announced that Penguin’s global e-book sales grew 128 percent over the last year and now totals 14 percent…

Book Publishers Jump on Hacking Scandal

Two accounts are already in the works

No international scandal would be complete without several books documenting it—even if the scandal itself has yet to run its course. Labour MP Tom Watson has signed a deal with Penguin…

Britain Hypes New James Bond Book in Style

From pimping Potter to breaking out the new Bond, the British sure know how to market a book. Seriously, when's the last time you saw a book promoted with such…

Jann Wenner Pulls Out of Authorized Bio

It's not the first time he's abandoned a book

Plans for writer Rich Cohen’s authorized biography of legendary Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner have come to a halt after Wenner mysteriously withdrew his support for the project, the New…

Amazon's Publishing Plans Cause Rivals Some Unease

Traditional publishers wary of big hire

Earlier in the week, Amazon announced that it was hiring Laurence Kirshbaum, the former CEO of Time Warner Book Group, to head a new publishing imprint. This seems like an…

Former Time Warner Book Group CEO to Join Amazon

He will head a new general interest imprint

Laurence Kirshbaum, former CEO of Time Warner Book Group, will join Amazon Publishing's New York office as vice president and publisher. Kirshbaum, who will head a new general interest imprint,…

E-Book Sales Pass Print on Amazon

Critic: 'One more nail in the coffin' of traditional bookstores

While the Rapture isn’t scheduled to occur until Saturday, according to members of certain religious fringe groups, it looks like doomsday has come early for publishers of print books. Amazon announced…

Novelists Can't Stop Writing About Crappy Foot-Clinic Sign

What is it about the rotating Sunset Foot Clinic podiatry sign on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, situated in a no man's land between Silver Lake and Echo Park,…

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