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Is This the 'Twilight' of Stephenie Meyer's Book Sales?
June 11, 2010

When Hachette Book Group (LGDDF) announced that its current biggest-selling author, Stephenie Meyer, would release a new book this month, publishing prognosticators thought it was a savvy move on multiple fronts. The first quarter of 2010 was the first one in nearly two years when sales of Meyer's Twilight novels—which now top over 100 million worldwide—began to dip, taking company profits down a peg in the process.

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Names Panel of Judges, Including Children's Authors
June 9, 2010

June 8, 2010, Arlington, VA – A panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as final judges in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, sponsored by PBS KIDS GO! and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their original work.

Steve Jobs: iBooks is already a big player in the digital book world
June 8, 2010

iBooks may be a newcomer to the digital book marketplace, but don't make the mistake of treating the new app like a kid. According to some numbers released today by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2010, iBooks is already sporting a very adult profile.

Kohlberg Ventures Increases Its Investment in Open Road Integrated Media to $7 Million
June 8, 2010

Kohlberg Ventures increased its investment in Open Road Integrated Media LLC (www.openroadmedia.com), a digital content company that publishes and markets ebooks by creating connections between authors and their audiences. The venture capital firm invested an additional $4 million in Series A financing, building upon its original $3 million investment in August 2009.

'Vanity' Press Goes Digital
June 3, 2010

Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books. In July, the 49-year-old mother of three decided to publish it herself, online.

IBPA Announces Benjamin Franklin Awards Winners
June 3, 2010

More than 250 gathered in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on May 24 to celebrate the 152 finalists and winners of the 22nd Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, chosen by 150 hard-working judges from 1300 entries in 50 categories.

Consumer Takes Center Stage at This Year's 'Making Information Pay'
May 14, 2010

Opening his presentation with an image of a woman sitting on a beach with an e-reader, Kelly Gallagher told the crowd of book publishing professionals gathered at the seventh-annual Book Industry Study Group's "Making Information Pay" event last week, "She doesn't care about this meeting today," making the point that the issues and challenges now facing the industry are publishers' responsibilities to solve for the consumer. Gallagher, vice president of publishing services for bibliographic information provider RR Bowker, was one of about a dozen speakers to address the audience at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. 

Fujitsu Plans To Unveil Improved Color E-paper Screen With 3X Higher Contrast
May 11, 2010

The future of electronic paper (e-paper) is looking brighter. Fujitsu has enhanced its color e-paper so that it now features the world's highest-level of color image quality. By redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods of the company's previous-version of color e-paper, Fujitsu has improved the contrast ratio of its color e-paper by threefold.

Critics Say Google Book Settlement Violates Intl. Law, Treaties
May 11, 2010

San Francisco - The proposed settlement between Google (NASD: GOOG) and authors and publishers, which would set terms for the creation of Google's massive book-scanning project, is in violation of a number of international laws and treaties, according to a report from the Open Book Alliance, a group that opposes the deal and counts Google rivals Amazon (NASD: AMZN), Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) and Yahoo (NASD: YHOO) among its members.

Rodale Brings iPhone App to Book Form
May 5, 2010

Rodale has reversed the usual polarity in book publishing of bringing print products into the digital domain. The publisher of Men's Health announced late last week that it was acquiring the book publishing rights to an iPhone app. The Lose It! calorie counter and dieting companion from publisher FitNow has been the top free health app in the iTunes App Store for over a year, Rodale claims, and is used by more than 175,000 people a day. Rodale is purchasing North American rights to bring the title to book form. The book will be written by Charles Teague, co-founder and CEO of FitNow, along with New York Times science columnist Anahad O’Conner and will demonstrate that calorie control, activity and a support system are the keys to weight loss.

Transcontinental Inc. Acquires LIPSO, Leading Canadian Mobile Solutions Provider
May 5, 2010

(Press Release) MONTREAL, May 4 — Transcontinental is pleased to announce the acquisition of Montreal-based LIPSO, a leading provider of integrated mobile solutions, including connectivity, transaction management (SMS, MMS, etc.) and applications development. As an enhancement to its marketing communications solutions in new media and digital platforms, this purchase adds a number of key services to Transcontinental's marketing communications offering, including cell phone bar code reading, mobile couponing in retail sales, and electronic ticketing in transportation and entertainment.

BookRenter Customers Choose Education as Most Important Cause
May 3, 2010

(Press Release) San Mateo, Calif., May 3, 2010—BookRenter, the leading online textbook platform company, today announced that it is joining the fight against youth illiteracy by providing new books to the children who need them most. Starting today, with every rental order placed, BookRenter will fund the donation of new, age-appropriate books for children in need. Also, to enable customers to truly act locally, customers can choose the specific U.S. state where children will receive the books funded by their order.

Fast Stats
May 1, 2010

181% Increase from 2008 to 2009 in the number of titles produced by self-publishers and "micro-niche" publishers, according to Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information management solutions. These types of publishers produced 764,448 titles last year.

Christian Publishers Report Increased Sales for First Quarter
April 30, 2010

Christian publishers have reported increased sales for the month of March over the same month last year, according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). These publishers also are showing an increase in net sales (sales-returns) for the first three months of this year. The month of March saw a gross-sales increase of just more than one percent, and a net sales increase of eight percent for March and two percent for the quarter. This is the first time the ECPA has seen a positive change in net sales in more than a year.