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Lagardère's Q1 Publishing Revenues Down, E-book Sales Up
May 3, 2011

Lagardère announced first quarter consolidated revenues today of €1,805m ($2,677 million U.S.), an increase of 3.1% as reported.

According to Lagardère's press release, the publishing division's first quarter revenues of €390m ($598 million U.S.) are, as expected, down 9.8% from Q1 2010 as reported and down 10.4% on a like-for-like basis.

Fast Stats
May 1, 2011

BlogHer.com reaches 26 million women each month, according to the website. Penguin and BlogHer plan to host a New York-based conference this fall for women writers.

Open Road Integrated Media Partners With Thomas Nelson
April 27, 2011

Thomas Nelson, the largest Christian publisher in the world and the seventh largest trade publisher in the U.S., and Open Road Integrated Media, a digital content company that publishes and markets ebooks by creating connections between authors and their audiences, today announced that Nelson has joined Open Road’s Publishing Partners Program. Under their agreement, Open Road will provide digital marketing strategy for a diverse selection of ebooks for authors Andy Andrews, Ted Dekker, Max Lucado, Donald Miller, and Sheila Walsh.

Nook Color Update Brings Froyo, Email, And Apps To The Color “Ereader”
April 25, 2011

The Nook Color has always been considered a wannabe Android tablet and the latest update makes the 7–incher more tablet than ereader. Previously, modders opened up the platform to all sorts of Android tomfoolery, allowing users to run nearly stock Android builds that brought email, proper web browsing and apps to the device. Never mind that nonsense, Barnes & Noble just added those features themselves.

Publisher of ‘Three Cups of Tea’ to Conduct Review
April 20, 2011

Viking, the publisher of "Three Cups of Tea," said in a statement on Monday that it would review the book and its contents with the author, Greg Mortenson, after a CBS News report that called into question the accuracy of part of the book.

Staples Announces Plans to Sell NOOK Color
April 15, 2011

Staples, Inc. and Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced that Staples will be selling the NOOK Color, the first full-color touch Reader's Tablet by Barnes & Noble,

The Wharton School Launches Wharton Digital Press
April 14, 2011

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has launched Wharton Digital Press, a global, all-digital publishing initiative that will publish books electronically, including as e-books, enhanced e-books, mobile apps and print books available through print-on-demand. The new press will operate in collaboration with Knowledge@Wharton, the school's online journal of research and business analysis, which reaches 1.7 million subscribers in 189 countries in five languages. 

Publishing Business … Everything is Possible
April 7, 2011

I attended the first day of the Publishing Business Conference and Expo held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. This long running event (years ago known as Book Tech Expo), included a wide range of speakers covering the magazine and book publishing industry, around 40 exhibitors, and some 2,500 attendees according to the event organizer North American Publishing Company (NAPCO).