Atavist Maturing as Publisher and Platform

Maturing as Publisher and Platform
New York Times
Already, the content management system Mr. Rabb created has turned into a business opportunity; Atavist has licensed the software to outfits including the educational publisher Pearson, the TED conferences and The Paris Review.

New York Times

One in four books sold will be e-books by 2014, Waterstones boss says
By James Hall, Consumer Affairs Editor James Daunt, the managing director of the UK's largest book chain, said that just one in ten books sold today is an e-book. However this is likely to rise to a quarter in just two years' time, he said. 

'Curious George' publisher Houghton Mifflin files for bankruptcy
Los Angeles Times
By Tiffany Hsu Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday but expects to emerge from restructuring by the end of June. The Boston company said in a statement that it expects to eliminate $3.1 billion of debt ...

Free-e-book promotes fall releases with excerpts
Wall Street Journal
AP "Buzz Books 2012" is a free e-book that came out Monday and features excerpts from 33 upcoming works, including Neil Young's memoir, fiction by Dennis Lehane and Junot Diaz and a young adult novel by David Levithan. "Buzz Books 2012" was compiled ...

Free e-book excerpts 33 upcoming works, including Neil Young's memoir, fiction ...
Washington Post
NEW YORK — Summer is weeks away, but the fall book season has already started. “BuzzBooks 2012” is a free e-book that came out Monday and features excerpts from 33 upcoming works, including Neil Young's memoir, fiction by Dennis Lehane and Junot Diaz ...

Esquire, adding fiction ebooks, goes back to the future
Los Angeles Times
On Monday, Esquire announced that it will launch a new line of fiction ebooks with the help of e-publisher Open Road Media. The ebook series will be titled, plainly, "Fiction for Men." Editor-in-Chief David Granger tells the New York Times that men's ...

New Book on Reinvention From Award-Winning Author Set to Debut
MarketWatch (press release)
In his latest book, the award-winning author has taken on the idea of reinvention. Specifically, he examines why some products succeed while others fail (or don't live up to initial expectations). The issue and the book has begun to resonate with ...

Publisher To Offer Free Downloads Of Best-Selling Children's Ebook For 1 Day Only
Sacramento Bee
Choate- Simmons, a rising ebook publisher, will be providing free copies of its new children's ebook, "Which Way Is My Home ?", at's Kindle Store website for 1 day only on May 24, 2012. The ebook is in full color. Children's Book Reviewer ...

Esquire to Publish E-Books Devoted to Men's Fiction
New York Times (blog)
The first volume of the series includes new short stories by Aaron Gwyn, Luis Alberto Urrea and Jess Walter, and the stories will be sold only in e-book format in collaboration with Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher, beginning June 12.

New York Times (blog)

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Files for Chapter 11
Wall Street Journal
The textbook publisher plans to fund its restructuring and exit from bankruptcy with a $500 million financing commitment from lenders led by Citibank, according to the Chapter 11 petition it filed in the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

Boston publisher Houghton Mifflin files for bankruptcy
Boston Herald
“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will maintain normal day-to-day business operations throughout the restructuring process, and we expect no disruptions to our relationships with our customers, agents, authors, employees, business partners and suppliers,” the ...

'Kinky' ebooks sell fast in age of digital privacy
Kensington Books, an American publisher, says its Aphrodisia collection of adultebooks accounted for 57 per cent of sales in 2011, compared to only two per cent in 2008. And it's not all down to the Fifty Shades of Grey effect and the rise of ...

Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads
I'm always looking for new authors, older titles I might have missed, books I want to reread, and a nice mixture of fiction and nonfiction. While I understand the concept of beach reading, for me it doesn't mean light reading, but rather choosing books ...

New Book from Constant Contact CEO Gail F. Goodman Helps Small Businesses ...
MarketWatch (press release)
WALTHAM, Mass., May 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Small business owners now have a new resource to turn to with the release of Gail F. Goodman's book, Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Wins in a Socially Connected World.

Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin files Ch. 11 bankruptcy
Chicago Tribune
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday after the textbook publisher reached agreement with a majority of its creditors to cut about $3.1 billion of debt. The Boston-based company and two dozen affiliates ...

Summer book suggestions; Words invented by famous authors
--Move over, chick lit: The New York Times reports that Esquire will publish an e-books series called "Fiction for Men," to coincide with pieces by authors Stephen King, Lee Child and Colum McCann in its June/July issue. --Book bankruptcy: Publishing ...

Neil Gaiman: one of this year's best commencement speaks (+ video)
Christian Science Monitor
The British author who transformed the graphic novel into a work of high literary art with his epic 75-part comic book series “The Sandman” retraced his career (or non-career, as he explains) with warmth, insight, and wisdom.

Christian Science Monitor

The Daily Docket: Publisher Houghton Mifflin Files for Bankruptcy
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Patrick Fitzgerald Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday after striking a deal with its creditors to slash more than $3 billion in debt off its balance sheets. Read the Daily Bankruptcy Review ...

"Bared to You," the Self-Published Erotic Fiction eBook Sensation by Sylvia ... (press release)
On May 24, 2012, Berkley Books will take over the publication of author Sylvia Day's New York Times and USA Today bestselling self-published novel "Bared to You," releasing a slightly revised eBook edition, complete with brand-new cover art. (press release) Author Exposes Himself
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2012 A short documentary of Lawrence BoarerPitchford by Riq Reed Productions yields some insight into the inner workings and history of the author. The author of In the World of Hyboria, and The Lantern of Dern ...

Digital media brings erotic books out of the closet
But no more. With ebooks like Kindle and Nook enabling discreet downloading and reading, erotic novels for women are swiftly gaining in popularity. British author EL James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy has been parked atop the New York Times digital ...


Digital media brings erotica books out of closet
Independent Online
“Sales have always been good,” said Tina Haveman, founder of eXtasy books, “but the increase has happened over the last few years because of the new ebookreaders that have become available.” “Ebooks are cheaper than paperbacks, and easier to buy ...

Independent Online

Waterstones to sell Amazon's Kindle book reader
BBC News
UK bookseller Waterstones is to sell Amazon's Kindle book-reader and launch other Kindle digital services. Waterstones says the deal will dovetail with its current store refurbishment scheme, which is creating dedicated areas for digital books, ...

BBC News

Experience sent out to world in e-book
Kansas City Star
The e-book titled "Life after Shock" went on sale on May 4 through Apple Inc.'s iBookstore for $4.99. The author, Yuki Nakamura, 25, lived in Unosumaicho in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, which was devastated by tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Word of Mouth Marketing Book Hits Bestseller List
MarketWatch (press release)
The book focuses on the fundamentals of word of mouth and features tutorials on "3 Reasons People Talk About You," "4 Rules of Word of Mouth," and "5 Ts of Word of Mouth Marketing." The book also features case studies from Dell, IKEA, Intuit, ... Makes Free EBooks Through A Unique Crowdfunding Website
Huffington Post
A few authors, most prominently the cult sci-fi author Cory Doctorow, have utilized these to help encourage the spread of their work. But while Doctorow very publicly offers his digital editions for free, few others are willing to take such drastic ...

Pan American Bank CEO Selected as Business Book Award Finalist
MarketWatch (press release) ), California's oldest Latino-owned bank and the second-oldest Latino-owned bank in the United States, today announced that President and CEO Jesse Torres has been selected as a finalist in the Best Business Book category of the ...

Hachette is offering new e-books to some libraries — paidContent
By Laura Hazard Owen
Hachette, which has not made new e-books available to libraries since 2010, is reconsidering the idea. In a pilot program starting this spring (which is…now?), the publisher is working with two e-book distributors to bring a “selection of HBG's ...

Hachette returning e-book access to some libraries in pilot program ...
By Chris Meadows
American Libraries Magazine has an article by ALA President Molly Raphael, who last week led a 4-person delegation to meet with Hachette Book Group and four. ... to its newer e-book titles. (Hachette stopped providing its e-books to libraries in 2009.) ... More specifically, we were pleased to learn that starting this spring, Hachette is conducting a pilot with two ebookdistributors for libraries, which will bring a selection of HBG's recent bestselling ebooks to 7 million library patrons. These pilot ...
TeleRead: News and views on e-books,...

The Kill Zone: Literary Heritage or Irrelevancy?
By Clare
A couple of weeks ago there was what you might call a mini literary dust-up here in Australia following the revelation that over a third of the winners of Australia's most prestigious literary prize (the Miles Franklin Award) are now out of print.
The Kill Zone

(+) Converting Google Books to Text Files that can be Saved or ...
By Dick Eastman
A newsletter reader wrote and asked, "How can I download books from Google Books and convert them to text that I can search or save on my hard drive?" The quick answer is, "You cannot do that easily." However, the longer answer is, "It is ...
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Pricing Books and Ebooks
By Joe Konrath
The important thing for authors to remember, though, is that the publisher made $9.38 on wholesale whether Amazon or any other retailer charged customers $25, $15, $10, or $5 for a digital book, because no matter what the retailer charged, the publisher always collected 50%..... The big guys HAVE GOT to reform this system, or they will be out of business soon, with the author's ability to self-publish, and create a product that is every bit as good as the major companies can put out.
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now | Michael Hyatt
By Michael Hyatt
On the product page I go into detail about why I wrote the book and how it can help anyone—authors, public speakers, bloggers, recording artists, business owners, sales people, pastors, brand managers—get visibility for themselves and their ... an Author (a $47.00 one-session video); How to Write a Winning Book Proposal (a $47.00, two-session audio series); Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal (a $19.97 e-book); Writing a Winning Fiction BookProposal (a $19.97 e-book) ...
Michael Hyatt's Blog

Flavorwire » 'Esquire' to Publish E-Book Series Devoted to “Fiction ...
By Emily Temple
But what puts a book in the “men's fiction” category? Well, we only have to wait until June to find out — that's when Esquire will release the first volume of their new e-book series entitled “Fiction for Men,” which has a pretty self-explanatory ...

Vatican: New book of leaked documents 'criminal' - Yahoo! News
News: The Vatican on Saturday denounced as "criminal" a new book of leaked internal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the Holy See and ...

Book Bandolier | Uncrate
9345 products ... No, this isn't a Rambo-style sling for paperbacks. The Book Bandolier ($26) is instead an adjustable leather strap that offers six loops for holding ...

Chinese Business Bites in New Book - Forbes
What Chinese Want is what most business-book readers want, pithy observations ... So a timely work between traditional hard covers (which means the author ...

Digital media brings erotic books out of the closet
Times LIVE
The new Nook Tablet is seen during a demonstration at the Union Square Barnes& Noble in New York. It seems like yesterday that women's erotica was something to be read in private under the sheets. But no more. With ebooks like Kindle and Nook enabling ...

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