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ProQuest Acquires ebrary, Adds a Quarter-Million E-books
January 13, 2011

Library services provider ProQuest has acquired digital content and services provider ebrary, a union that will "add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest's monumental content offerings," according to a press release issued by ProQuest about the acquisition. The release also cited that ebrary, which was founded in 1999, had increased its 2010 revenue by more than 30 percent over the previous year.

Harry Potter Lawsuit Dismissed
January 10, 2011

A copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against children's publisher Scholastic Inc. by the estate of author Adrian Jacobs has been dismissed. The suit claimed that one of J.K. Rowlings' "Harry Potter" books copied Jacobs' work. Scholastic released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:"Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible,…

Qualcomm to Acquire Atheros, Leader in Connectivity & Networking Solutions
January 5, 2011

(Press Release) SAN DIEGO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011, PRNewswire— Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM)  and Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Qualcomm intends to acquire Atheros, a leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired local area connectivity in the computing, networking and consumer electronics industries.

Thoughts on 'Why the iPad Couldn’t Kill the Kindle'
January 4, 2011

Today, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt wrote in his blog "Why the iPad Couldn't Kill the Kindle."

He wrote: "When Apple launched the iPad last spring, most everyone assumed it would kill the Kindle. After all, the iPad had a multi-touch screen, a crisp, color display, the ability to view books, photos, and movies, and run thousands of applications."

He also writes: "it is clear that we have two distinct product classes here with less overlap than originally thought. Apparently, the market is big enough for both." On this point, I don't disagree, however, I don't believe the battle is over.

The Year of Optimism
January 1, 2011

As I write this, I am not only in the midst of Book Business production, but the holiday season as well—parties, decorating and card writing, and lots of gift shopping. In the course of my shopping, I've managed to buy a few books as presents for, well, myself. (I've been good, Santa, I promise.) I…

Google’s eBookstore: 
A Rising Tide
January 1, 2011

With a P.T. Barnum-like flourish, Google launched its eBookstore as "the largest e-books collection in the world!" Over 3 million titles! Step right up! Best-sellers and public-domain titles! Google made good on its commitment of launching the eBookstore before the end of 2010, and 2011 will be an interesting year for the e-book world. The…

AppWatch
January 1, 2011

A look at what publishers are launching in the mobile space.

Avoid a Major Mistake in Online Marketing
January 1, 2011

I've built websites for countless companies, organizations, books, authors and publishers. During that time, I've seen hundreds of Web marketing tools come and go.