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Eoin Purcell Amazon Publishing UK appointment already sees casualty of Amazon/Hachette spat?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The news, first broached by The Bookseller, that Eoin Purcell, veteran Irish publisher and mainstay of the publishing and digital change debate, has been appointed as leader of the Amazon Publishing team in London, has been greeted with unexpected applause in some quarters – and with some [...]

Germany sees mixed feelings on Amazon Publishing market entry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The launch of Amazon Publishing in Germany, already covered in TeleRead, has elicited some mixed feedback from German publishers, booksellers, and other book market players. As reported in Stuttgarter Nachrichten, some, like Klett-Cotta editorial CEO Michael Zöllner, “do not see any impact [...]

Hodder picks up Quercus for a song

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hachette UK imprint Hodder & Stoughton has acquired Quercus Publishing, hitherto mooted as a potential acquisition target for Amazon Publishing. And the price was a fairly minimal £12.6 million ($20.8 million). The full text of the cash offer document, available online here, states that: [...]

Amazon Publishing survives Wylie rubbishing, plans 500 titles in UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Andrew Wylie’s withering dismissal of Amazon Publishing as ‘characterized by its idiocy” seems to have left his target distinctly unwithered. At least if the reports in The Bookseller of its plans for a UK publishing program of 500 titles in 2014 alone are anything to go by. The [...]

Amazon expands Kindle Worlds with seven new titles

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon’s fanfic publishing arm Kindle Worlds has expanded. The company announced seven new additions on Wednesday. One of the biggest names is Veronica Mars. “Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do to give them more access to her world and that of her character is [...]

Preparing for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award: ABNA 2014

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (ABNA 2014) is coming up. The company will start accepting entries next month. So, how many of you are entering? The ABNA contest is its seventh year. The grand prize winner will receive a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance. Four first prize [...]

Amazon Publishing and the Maginot Mentality

By libertyc
October 31, 2013 // 1 Comment

Porter Anderson over at Publishing Perspectives kindly summarized all the recent reporting and tweeting on the departure of Laurence J. Kirshbaum from Amazon Publishing that tried to spin this into a major strategic retreat for the company, the beginning of the end for Amazon’s attempt to [...]

Amazon Publishing head quits, leaves Jurassic Park to the dinosaurs

By libertyc
October 26, 2013 // 2 Comments

In welcome news for some that Amazon isn’t having everything its own way, Laurence J. Kirshbaum has left Amazon Publishing after just over two years in the saddle, having failed to crack the New York publishing world on behalf of the Bezos Behemoth. Along with him, a number of other more [...]

One author goes from self-publishing to the traditional route

By libertyc
September 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

We have read many stories about authors jumping to the self-publishing world or becoming hybrid authors by self-publishing backlists or short stories that don’t fit into their traditionally published works. Author Peter David is going in the opposite direction, he wrote on a blog. He’s [...]

Amazon Publishing Announces the Launch of 'Icons'

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon Publishing plans to release a series a short biographies looking at influential figures throughout history. The series kicks off in December with “Jesus” by Jay Parini, a writer who has done novels, poetry and other biographies, according to an article in the [...]

In the changing marketplace, authors have so many more choices

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Several days ago, author Aubrey Rose wrote a blog post about Amazon Publishing. She was offered a publishing deal through its romance imprint for her book Me, Cinderella? This sounds great for any author, and even Rose was excited about the opportunity. “Naturally, I was thrilled. A real [...]

Author Catherine Ryan Hyde discusses her recent success, and working with Amazon Publishing (Interview)

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Even Catherine Ryan Hyde is surprised at her recent success. The American writer is best-known for her 1999 book, “Pay It Forward,” which was made into a move. She is also the founder of the Pay It Forward Foundation. With the release of Hyde’s latest book, “When I Found [...]

Morning Roundup: Why borrowing an e-book from your library is so difficult

By libertyc
June 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Counterpoint: Self-Published Authors are the Salvation of Literature (Good e-Reader) Yesterday, GoodEReader posted a viewpoint on the damage that self-published authors allegedly do to the state of literature, presumably just by existing. They apparently clog the virtual bookshelves of every online [...]

Amazon Announces Kindle Worlds, a Platform for Fan Fiction

By libertyc
May 22, 2013 // 7 Comments

Fan fiction is an interesting genre. You start with characters that already exist from movies or television shows and create new stories around them. Admittedly, I read my share of fan fiction. Sometimes a show’s run ends too early, or a video game pulls me in so deeply, that I want to read more [...]

Over 1M Downloads for Tim Ferriss' BitTorrent Bundle

By Dan Eldridge
January 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The publishing industry (understandably) made a lot of noise last November when the news broke that self-improvement author Tim Ferriss would be promoting his newest book project, The 4-Hour Chef, on BitTorrent, a site that will probably always be associated with illegal online file-sharing. [...]

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