Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Create E-Book Partnership

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Create E-Book Partnership
PCWorld (blog)
One of the first benefits of the new agreement will be a Metro-style Nook e-reader app for Windows 8 that will be available to users in the US and internationally. Amazon already offers a version of its Kindle reader app for Windows 8. The new e-book ... 

Barnes & Noble spins off Nook e-reader with $300M from Microsoft
Los Angeles Times (blog)
Until now, Microsoft has stayed out of the e-reader wars, allowing Amazon and Apple to lead the device evolution. Amazon brought e-readers into the mainstream when it debuted its Kindle in 2007; Apple's iPad changed the landscape when it introduced its ...

Microsoft enters the e-book wars
Reuters Blogs (blog)
The e-book market is still young; if Amazon continues to be seen as the enemy, there's no reason in theory why the Nook shouldn't become just as popular, if not more so. It's true that you can't read Kindle books on your Nook, or vice versa, ...

Reuters Blogs (blog)

Barnes & Noble, Microsoft in E-Book Venture
ABC News (blog)
Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are very much the e-book underdogs, as Amazon and Apple's iBooks store for the iPad dominate the market. But today Barnes & Noble announced plans for an e-books venture, with Microsoft taking a $300 million investment for a ...

ABC News (blog)

Hundreds flock to meet '50 Shades of Grey' author
CBS News
It was her second-ever book signing, yet the size of the crowd snaking through the store with mimosas and books in hand drew comparisons to the past response for writers such as Anne Rice and even politicians. "This is a literary phenomenon," said ...

'Fifty Shades of Grey' tour, coming here Monday, draws young and old
Chicago Sun-Times
Jeffrey M. Boan~AP MIAMI — Young school teachers, middle-aged nurses and even the elderly flocked to a Miami book store Sunday for a chance to meet the author of the bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey (Vintage, $15.95) in the launch of ...

E-Book Publisher Drops DRM
By Sophie Curtis, Science fiction publisher Tor UK has announced it is dropping digital rights management (DRM) from all of its e-books, in a move that could set a precedent for the rest of the industry. DRM is class of access control ...

Robert Caro On His New Lyndon Johnson Book: 'Passage Of Power'
Huffington Post
HILLEL ITALIE 04/30/12 08:38 AM ET AP "I get letters, constantly, saying, `I see your book'scoming. I hope you're going to prove in this book that LBJ did it,'" the award-winning and ongoing biographer of Lyndon Johnson says during a recent interview ...

'Passage of Power,' 4th Book of Caro's Johnson Portrait
New York Times
On Nov. 22, 1963, when he was told that John F. Kennedy was dead, and that he was now president, Lyndon B. Johnson later recalled, “I was a man in trouble, in a world that is never more than minutes away from catastrophe.” He said he realized that ...

Caro is back, and the obsession goes on
Fox News
"I get letters, constantly, saying, 'I see your book's coming. I hope you're going to prove in thisbook that LBJ did it,'" the award-winning and ongoing biographer of Lyndon Johnson says during a recent interview at his midtown Manhattan office.

Microsoft Finds A New Nook in E-Books
Wired News
By John C Abell Microsoft announced Monday that it is investing $300 million in the Nook, the Barnes and Noble e-reader that is the closest competitor to Amazon's Kindle. The investment gives Microsoft a 17.6 per cent stake in a new entity valued,...

Wired News

Authors to Starbucks Pick of the Week: Please, stay away
But that promotion resulted meant Amazon also dropped the price of the title in the Kindle Store to $0 — resulting in Byliner pulling the book from Amazon completely. Turns out being chosen as a Pick of the Week is a mixed blessing for authors and ...

Navigating a Tightrope With Amazon
New York Times
Mr. Bissinger, the best-selling author of multiple books, including “Friday Night Lights,” had written the e-book as a postscript for the popular book about high school football in Texas. “After Friday Night Lights” traces his relationship with Boobie ...

New York Times

Barnes & Noble Deal Gives Microsoft Door To E-Books
by AP Enlarge Mark Lennihan/AP Emily Fernandez, holding her daughter, Bethany, uses her Nook e-reader to browse books at a Barnes & Noble. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press Emily Fernandez, holding her daughter, Bethany, uses her Nook e-reader to browse ...

Anderson family makes Books-A-Million buyout offer
The family that controls Books-A-Million Inc. is offering to buy the rest of the bookseller's shares for about $22.9 million deal that would make it a private company. Executive Chairman Clyde Anderson and other family members currently have about a 53 ...

Amazon throws its e-book weight around. Again.
Fortune (blog)
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt April 30, 2012: 12:44 PM ET FORTUNE -- Publishers who have had to deal with Amazon's (AMZN) arrogant reps know first hand the contempt with which they hold folks in the business of printing books on paper.

Sci Fi Book Publisher Drops Copy Protection
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Nick Clayton Copy protection has long been a fraught issue for publishers of music, video games, movies and books. The tougher it is, the more it tends to annoy legitimate users. But, the protection is almost always ineffective against those ...

Anderson family offers to take Books-A-Million private
(Reuters) - Books-A-Million Inc said the Anderson family, which includes Chairman Clyde Anderson, on Saturday made a non-binding proposal to take the company private. The Anderson family, which already has a 53 percent stake in the book retailer, ...

E.L. James Launches U.S. Book Tour For Fifty Shades Of Grey
Cinema Blend
British author EL James has made a bit of a fortune out of her Fifty Shades series, the first of which, Fifty Shades of Grey, has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list and made a name out of itself due to its erotic content geared toward a female...

Cinema Blend

SiriusXM to Host Live "Fifty Shades of Grey" Fan Forum
Sacramento Bee
The Fifty Shades of Grey forum will air live on Friday, May 11 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET simultaneously on SiriusXM Stars (ch.107) and SiriusXM Book Radio ch. 80. SiriusXM Stars host Jennifer Hutt and SiriusXM Book Radio host Kim Alexander will moderate ...

Anderson Family Offers To Buy Out Books-A-Million, Valuing Co At $49M
Wall Street Journal
A group of Books-A-Million Inc.'s (BAMM) shareholders, led by its chairman, have offered to buy out the bookseller in deal that values the company at about $49 million. Chairman Clyde B. Anderson, along with other members of the Anderson family, ...

Book-of-the-Month® Club Announces The 2011 First Fiction Award Winner
MarketWatch (press release)
"This award is our way of recognizing authors whose debut novels have had a powerful impact on our editorial team as well as our readers." Author Chad Harbach states, "It's an honor and a thrill to receive the Book-of-the-Month Club®'s First Fiction ...

Ryan O'Neal's life with Farrah Fawcett, Uggie gets a book deal
The New York Times takes a look at the complexities of e-book pricing. Also read Bissinger's first-hand account of raising a child with special needs on The Daily Beast. His book Father's Day comes out in two weeks. --Blockbuster e-books: Warner Bros.


Microsoft to invest $300M in Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book platform
Apple Insider
By Sam Oliver Microsoft announced on Monday that it will take a $300 million stake in bookseller Barnes & Noble's digital Nook e-book business, potentially paving the way for a new spin-off company. The new partnership will create a subsidiary that ...

Book Review: Here's a sausage-making window for those with glitter in their ...
Washington Post (blog)
Today, we introduce the On Small Business Book Review. We hope this will be an occasional feature to help you navigate those treacherous waters, introducing you to books we think might be useful in helping you break into business or becoming a better ...

Microsoft buys stake in Barnes & Noble's e-reader Nook
GMA News
Microsoft Corp. will invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook e-reader, gaining a foothold in the fast-growing e-books market as the bookseller gets more firepower to compete against's Kindle and Apple Inc.'s iPad.

Microsoft's $300M Barnes and Noble deal will alter e-reader landscape
Boston Herald
By Jessica Van Sack Ina potentially game-changing move for the e-reader market, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft are planning to partner in a new digital book subsidiary. “Our complementary assets will accelerate e-reading innovation across a broad range ...

While Apple Fights E-Book Lawsuit, Microsoft Partners With Barnes & Noble
That neatly explains a new deal reached by the two companies to collaborate on a new e-bookcompany, which will be a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble's successful Nook business. Announced Monday, the new partnership is called “Newco,” for the time being ...

Book review: Frank Deford goes deep, as usual
Los Angeles Times
Book cover for "Over Time My Life as a Sportswriter" by Frank Deford. (April 30, 2012) By Mike Downey Special to the Los Angeles Times A bio on NPR's website of its commentator Frank Deford notes that the magazine GQ christened him, quite simply, ...

Book Takes Aim at Murdochs -
Rarely do a book and its author so perfectly align with real-time events. Penguin released the book in Britain on April 19 after it was written in less than six months, and Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, acquired it within the last few weeks, said its publisher, David Rosenthal. “I read it and thought it ... He rushed to release the e-book edition in the United States last Tuesday, even though the paper version of the book had not been printed and distributed. “It's exquisite ...
Media Decoder

WB Markets eBooks Of Classic Movie Scripts
The eBooks are available on iBookstore, Kindle and Nook. The books also feature production notes, storyboards, photos including costumes, posters, on-set stills and behind-the-scenes photos. Casablanca for example includes memos from ...

Jonah Goldberg's new book isn't out until tomorrow, so — Crooked ...
By John Holbo
Possibly I underestimate one or the other or both authors. But this much is for sure: they both have new books coming out tomorrow. Neither of which I have read, nor shall I, in all likelihood. (I've read a lot of Zizek, but Less Than Nothing is ...
Crooked Timber

19 Fun Facts About Children's Books Spotted at the Library - Mental ...
By Jason English
19 Fun Facts About Famous Children\'s Books This past week we spent some quality time in the children\'s section of the local library. Here\'s a recap of our latest field trip.

Kindle Ad for Third 'Hunger Games' Book Spoils the First Two ...
By David Gianatasio
Spoiler alert! Warning! Warning! Spoilers ahead! OMG! If you read on, your life will be spoiled and not worth living! Amazon is taking some heat for a Kindle billboard in Washington, D.C., that shows the first page of Mockingjay, the final book, ...
Adweek : Advertising & Branding

The Millions : How To Introduce an Author
By Janet Potter
Then she spent 5 minutes talking about the plight of independent bookstores, and how they need money to do things like community book nights, and hey she's got this newsletter sign-up sheet that she's going to pass around. And while we're at it, the ... A good author introduction shows the author that you're excited to be a partner in promoting their work and that you value the role their career plays on the literary stage, all while being informative and – lord have mercy – brief. How To ...
The Millions

A brief history of Microsoft's e-reader efforts — Mobile Technology ...
By Kevin C. Tofel
Although Microsoft invested $300 million in a Barnes & Noble spin-off on Monday, this isn't the first time Microsoft played the e-book game. Typical for the company, it often has great ideas, but it errs on the timing. In fact, when Microsoft ...

Urijah Faber Putting Out Book Called 'The Laws Of The Ring ...
By Tim Burke
UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber has co-authored a book about his life called The Laws Of The Ring. It will be released on May 22nd.
Bloody Elbow

Amazon takes retribution after violation of its ... - Melville House Books
By Dennis Johnson
The author in question is bestseller Buzz Bissinger, who flipped open his laptop on the train ride home from a publicity event for his newest book — After Friday Night Lights, an ebook epilogue to his smash bestseller Friday Night Lights — only to ... Saying it had to “protect our authors' interest,” Byliner quickly pulled the book from Amazon — as, most likely, any publisher would have done, operating on the principal that, well, you can't have someone saying a book is worth nothing.
Melville House Books

Book Review: Letters From an Atheist Nation | Daylight Atheism | Big ...
By Adam Lee
(Author's Note: The following review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site's policy for such reviews.) Summary: A surprising, welcome reminder that atheism has a long and storied history in the U.S.. Letters from an Atheist ...
Big Think

The Children's Literary Salon Presents: Books for Children Around ...
By Elizabeth Bird
Hear a panel of international authors discuss the worldwide state of children's literature and publishing. Constance Vidor, Director of Library Services at Friends Seminary, will begin with an overview of the International Board on Books for the ...
A Fuse #8 Production

Fifty Shades Of Grey Author E L James Launches U.S. Book Tour
By Victor Bronsin
Her writings were downloaded numerous times on iPad and Kindle e-book readers. Anne Messitte, the publisher of Viking Books, indicated that the astonishing response to James' second book signing, and the first ever in her tour, was ...
The Inquisitr

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