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Amazon Sales Rise 18 Percent in 4Q

amazon-logo.gifAgainst all odds–beating a publishing recession and a lukewarm gift-buying season–Amazon’s sales climbed 18 percent compared to 2007 in the fourth quarter.

Net sales were up to $6.7 billion for that period, surpassing the $5.67 billion the company earned last year in the same quarter. The biggest jump in sales came in the Worldwide Electronics and Other General Merchandise sales, up to $2.89 billion–growing 31 percent compared to 2007.

The company’s press release also noted that Amazon Kindle digital titles increased to 45,000 at the end of the year–103 of the 112 books on the NY Times bestseller list. The company also boasted of Kindle versions for “8 of the 10 metro areas in the United States.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.