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Kepler’s Launches Arts & Lectures Series

Publishers Weekly • By Judith Rosen • Sep 18, 2012 Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, Calif., may not be back entirely—the revamped store will open later this month—but it has already scheduled an active events series and is launching Kepler’s Arts & Lectures on September 25 with Salman Rushdie in conversation with Tobias Wolff. Other […]

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New World Library Celebrates 35 Years of Publishing

Thirty-five years ago, in the kitchen of a small apartment in Oakland, California, Marc Allen and Shakti Gawain started a publishing firm known as Whatever Publishing to put out a few booklets they had written. It was a shoestring operation, started with very little capital. Total sales in 1977 were $800. Today New World Library […]

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Education Companies Settle Claims of Copyright and Trademark Infringement against Several Textbook Distributors

September 4, 2012 – Four leading education companies, Cengage Learning, Inc., John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Pearson Education, Inc. and McGraw-Hill Education, today announced they have settled five unconnected matters involving copyright and trademark infringement claims against companies relating to the sale of counterfeit textbooks.  The five separate settlements call for the combined payment of […]

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The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy

The New York Times • By DAVID STREITFELD • August 25, 2012 TODD RUTHERFORD was 7 years old when he first understood the nature of supply and demand. He was with a bunch of other boys, one of whom showed off a copy of Playboy to giggles and intense interest. Todd bought the magazine for […]

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Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces to Expand eReading Across the U.S.

American Booksellers Association • August 29, 2012 Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a new partnership to bring Kobo’s world-class eReading platform to independent bookstores across the United States.  By partnering with the nearly 2,000 ABA-member stores, Kobo continues its successful […]

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Students Find E-Textbooks ‘Clumsy’ and Don’t Use Their Interactive Features

The Chronicle of Higher Education • August 22, 2012 • By Angela Chen Several universities have recently tried a new model for delivering textbooks in hopes of saving students money: requiring purchase of e-textbooks and charging students a materials fee to cover the costs. A recent report on some of those pilot projects, however, shows […]

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McGraw-Hill Education Acquires Key Curriculum, Publisher of Sketchpad®, World’s Leading Software for Teaching Mathematics

Acquisition strengthens McGraw-Hill Education’s position as a leader in dynamic math education technology and expands company offerings that address Common Core State Standards NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (MHP), today announced the acquisition of Key Curriculum, a privately held developer of mathematics learning technology […]

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New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

BISG • August 6, 2012 Board New York, NY (August 6, 2012) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading U.S.-based trade association representing the entire book supply chain, announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement endorsing EPUB 3 as the accepted and preferred standard for representing, packaging, and encoding structured and […]

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Ingram Makes Color Print-On-Demand More Economical

Publishers Weekly • By Todd Allen • Aug 09, 2012 Ingram Content Group has announced a new “standard color” pricing model for print-on-demand technology that has reduced costs by roughly two-thirds, making color POD an economical publishing option for the first time. Achieved through advancements in inkjet technology, the price drop means that a greater […]

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'San Francisco Chronicle' Launches E-books Only Section

Publishers Weekly • Aug 03, 2012 Starting this Sunday, the “Books” section of the San Francisco Chronicle will publish The E-Reader, a monthly column devoted to e-books. The E-Reader will be written by Liz Colville, who, in addition to being a regular reviewer for the “Books” section, has written for Bookforum, New York Magazine and […]

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DoJ Reviews Comments, Says E-book Deal to Go Ahead

Publishers Weekly • Jim Milliot • Jul 23, 2012 After receiving 868 comments regarding its proposed settlement with Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins in its e-book price fixing lawsuit, the Department of Justice has determined that the proposed “final judgment” provides “an appropriate and effective remedy” for the antitrust violations alleged in its complaint […]

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Simon & Schuster to Add QR Codes to Book Jackets

Mashable Business • July 2, 2012 • Lauren Indvik Come fall, the glossy book jackets of every new Simon & Schuster hardcover and trade paperback will feature a QR code in an effort to bolster newsletter signups. Scanning a code will send consumers to an author’s mobile page on S&S’s website. There, they are encouraged […]

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