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Agency Model Now Accommodated in Book Industry Standard for Product Information
April 2, 2010

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and EDItEUR—the international body that maintains ONIX product information standards—working in collaboration with representatives from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the U.K. Publishers Association (PA), have made provisions to the "ONIX for Books" standards to allow for a standard means of communicating agency model sales terms for e-books.

Little, Brown to Release Twilight Novella From Stephenie Meyer
April 2, 2010

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced that it will release the first new title from Stephenie Meyer in nearly two years. "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is a novella told from the point of view of Bree, a character originally featured in Eclipse, the third book in the "Twilight" series. The 192-page novella will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 5 in hardcover for $13.99, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. It also will be available as an e-book beginning at 6 a.m. EST on June 5.

Keeping Pace With 
Today’s Consumer
April 1, 2010

The consumer market for U.S. book publishers has changed significantly in the past three years, driven largely by fundamental shifts in the way books are published, found and ultimately purchased by readers. These changes sometimes leave publishers with more questions than answers in determining what their next move ought to be to keep pace with today's consumer.

Barbra Streisand to Headline BookExpo America
March 31, 2010

(Press Release) Norwalk, Conn., March 30, 2010 — Barbra Streisand, the legendary actress, singer, and director, will appear at this year's BookExpo America (BEA) at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25th.  She will be interviewed before thousands of booksellers and book industry professionals about "My Passion for Design", to be published by Viking on November 16, 2010. It will be Ms. Streisand's first appearance on behalf of the book.

Best-selling Author Seth Godin to Keynote 26th Annual IBPA Publishing University
March 31, 2010

(Press Release) — Seth Godin, author of 12 best-selling books and called by American Way magazine “America’s Greatest Marketer,” will bring his unique style and no-holds barred vision to independent book publishers as he keynotes the 26th annual IBPA Publishing University, to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City prior to BEA on May 24-25. Dominique Raccah, Publisher and founder of Sourcebooks, Inc., a company whose name is synonymous with “innovation” and that has grown from one room in 1987 to a multi-million dollar independent publishing company will kick off the opening day.

Domtar corporation to sell its forest products business
March 30, 2010

Domtar Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its forest products business to EACOM Timber Corporation (TSX-V: ETR; "EACOM") for CDN$80 million plus elements of working capital estimated at CDN$30 to CDN$40 million. Domtar will receive 19% of the proceeds in shares of EACOM. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter of 2010, subject to material consents and customary closing conditions.

Consumers Willing to Pay for Digital Content for iPads and E-Readers, According to Survey
March 26, 2010

ComScore Inc. released the results of a survey of 2,176 Internet users regarding their awareness, attitudes and opinions of the Apple iPad and other e-readers/tablet devices. Results of the survey were analyzed across age and gender profiles, as well as the “iOwners” consumer segment, defined as those owning either an iPhone or iPod Touch.

The Gilbane Group and Book Industry Study Group Announce Research Partnership to Provide Insights on How to Drive Business with Technology
March 16, 2010

The Gilbane Group, a division of Outsell, Inc., and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today announced a strategic partnership to help members of the book industry community succeed through innovative uses of technology. Together, Gilbane and BISG will provide market-centric research and actionable guidance for book industry professionals—from publishers to wholesalers—seeking to profit from the “digital revolution.”

Cengage Learning Unveils Suite of Digital Solutions and Services Focused on Improving Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes
March 15, 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of print and digital teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets, today unveiled CengageCourse, a suite of digital solutions and services that improves student engagement and learning outcomes, helping instructors and academic institutions navigate the changing education landscape.

eBooks ... By the Numbers
February 1, 2010

The average prices of the top 100 e-books on the Amazon Kindle best-seller list and the Sony best-seller list for the first half of 2009 were $8.26 and $10.38, respectively. For the second half of 2009 (up to mid-December), the average price for the top 100 Amazon Kindle titles dropped to $6.76, while Sony's average price dipped to $9.25.

Who's Eating Your Cake?
February 1, 2010

You may have heard by now about author Stephen Covey's deal with Amazon, selling the exclusive electronic rights (via e-book publisher Rosetta Books and for a one-year period) to two of his titles, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Principle-Centered Leadership." You also may have heard (or been a voice among) the resounding, collective industry gasp.

E-Readers the Center of Attention at Consumer Electronics Show
January 11, 2010

Along with 3D televisions and mobile devices and apps, e-readers were among the hottest products at the Consumer Electronics Show, held January 7-10 in Las Vegas. And technophiles internationally have been talking about the new players on the market, the prototypes of those still to be launched and what the future holds for this exploding market.

Fast Stats
December 1, 2009

200 Number of Waldenbooks mall-based stores that Borders Group Inc. will close in January. One-hundred-thirty mall locations will remain open. According to a Borders press release, the retailer hopes the closings will result in “a smaller, more profitable mall chain in fiscal 2010.”