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Scribd Brings Connu Stories to Subscription Library

scribdappScribd has partnered with literary app Connu, to make stories from the international digital literary publication available to Scribd eBook subscribers.

Connu was founded by editors Susannah Luthi and Niree Noel, who had previously collaborated on the Southern California Review. The idea was to create a place where readers could find curated stories and discover new writers. Writers in the publication include: David Sedaris, Joyce Carol Oates, Ron Carlson, Janet Fitch and Lydia Davis.

Under the terms of the partnership, thirty of the publication’s most popular stories are now available with a Scribd subscription. A new story will be featured every week in Scribd Selects. Readers can access Scribd’s entire eBook library for a subscription fee of $8.99 a month.

OverDrive Expands International eBook & Video Streaming Collection

overdrive304Digital book distribution company OverDrive has expanded its collection adding new streaming content, as well as more than 30,000 European eBook titles.

New European distribution partners include: RCS Group (Italian), Primento (Spanish), Libranda (Spanish), Zebralution (German) and DeMarque (French). New video streaming content available through OverDrive includes: Sesame Street, National Geographic’s Amazing PlanetSecrets of Yellowstone and Stonehenge Decoded.

“Streaming video is the fastest-growing category of digital titles you can now access from your local library,” stated Alexis Petric-Black, OverDrive’s manager of publisher account services. “The OverDrive collection of Hollywood feature films, documentaries, self-help and beloved children’s titles permit the public library to offer a first-stop destination for what to watch online.”

Harper Voyager to Launch ‘Impulse’ Digital Publishing Program

Harper Voyager LogoHarperCollins has expanded the Harper Voyager science-fiction and fantasy imprint with the “Impulse” digital publishing program.

According to the press release, “the vast majority of titles for the digital publishing push were acquired from an open ‘call’ for submissions hosted globally by Harper Voyager in 2012. The editors received more than 4,500 submissions.”

31 “Impulse” eBook titles have been scheduled for publication starting in the Summer of 2014 up until the Winter of 2015. This inaugural list features a variety of genres including urban fantasy, military science fiction, epic tales, fairy tale remakes, and horror stories. One of the first releases, Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, will come out as both a hardcover print book and an eBook in July 2014.

Judge Allows Retailer to Sue Apple & Publishers in Price-Fixing Lawsuit

apple-logo-248x300Australian eBook retailer DNAML will be able to proceed in a lawsuit against Apple and the five agency publishers which alleges that DNAML’s business was hurt due to the 2010 eBook price fixing scandal led by the tech company and the publishing houses.

Judge Denise Cote has allowed the case to proceed despite challenges from Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin.

Publishers Weekly has the scoop: “Although Cote in her opinion said proving damages was going to be difficult ‘in the extreme’ for the DNAML, she held that the plaintiff’s case met the standard to proceed. But while Cote suggested that proving damages might be difficult, she added that DNAML’s ‘lost investment,’ in its business ‘may be reasonably quantifiable.’”

Penguin Releases Previously Unpublished Dorothy Parker Stories

cover45445-smallPenguin Classics has put out two eBook specials of previously unpublished works by famed author Dorothy Parker and her biographer Marion Meade.

The first is called Alpine Giggle Week: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak. The piece is a letter that Parker wrote to her publishers in 1930 from the top of a mountain.

The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship by Meade tells the story of Dorothy Parker’s final days.

Open Road Acquires Premier Digital

openroadOpen Road Integrated Media has acquired the backlist from independent eBook publisher Premier Digital Publishing, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings  300+ mystery, science fiction and fantasy titles to Open Road’s catalog. Authors in the acquired catalog include: Piers Anthony, Alan Jacobson, Andre Norton and Stephen Ambrose. The titles will be available through Open Road beginning in July.

“The missions of Premier and Open Road are uniquely aligned,” stated Jane Friedman, co-founder and CEO of Open Road. “The addition of Premier to the Open Road family will enhance the value we provide to both creators and consumers of high-quality digital literary content.”

Open Road has been growing its backlist through acquisition over the last year. Earlier this year, the company acquired more than 1,200 titles from E-Reads.

 

Perseus Books Now Available Through Scribd’s eBook Subscription Service

scribdappeBook subscription service Scribd has announced a new partnership with Perseus Books.

The partnership brings thousands of Perseus titles to the Scribd collection. This means that titles including: Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger, Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy will now be available through the eBook subscription service.

Scribd members can access the entire collection of Scribd eBooks for a subscription fee of $8.99 a month.

Target to Sell eBooks

librifyBig box retailer Target has teamed up with eBook subscription startup Librify to offer eBooks for sale, as well as a platform to have online discussions about books.

The program will be curated by Target employees who will select a book of the month to promote to readers. The goal is to get readers to use Target’s website as a destination for their online book clubs.

USA Today has the news: “The service will be targeted at women, especially young professionals and moms of the coveted Millennial generation. Target is vague on the details at this point, saying more will be revealed this summer. But Stone Herman says there will be promotions and discounts for Target shoppers who arrive at librify.com through Target’s website, and in-store displays will promote the partnership.”

Smashwords CEO Considers What Amazon Hachette Dispute Means For Indie Authors

smashwords304Mark Coker, the founder of the self-publishing site Smashwords, has given a lot of thought to the Amazon Hachette negotiation troubles.

In a blog post about the issue, Coker mulls what this battle means for indie authors. Here is an excerpt:

The dispute with Hachette foreshadows what comes next for indie ebook authors at Amazon who have grown comfortable to KDP’s 70% royalty rates. Think about my divide and conquer reference above.  Indies are already divided and conquered at Amazon, but most don’t realize this.  These indies all have direct-upload relationships with Amazon.  They don’t have the collective bargaining power of a large publisher to advocate on their behalf.  As the unfolding events indicate, it’s questionable if even a large publisher has leverage over Amazon.

 

Gallery Books to Publish Wattpad Sensation ‘After’

afterSimon & Schuster’s Gallery Books has signed Anna Todd‘s Wattpad sensation After. The three-part story has garnered more than 800 million reads and regularly trends on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Here is more about the series from the Wattpad page: “This ongoing trilogy tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled guy who has stolen her heart. After is reading that you can’t get enough of: a story as addictive as TV with new chapters added every few days.”

The publisher will publish the series of books in both eBook and print editions. The first title in the series will come out this fall, and the second and third books are slated for early 2015. ”Anna used Wattpad’s mobile and social storytelling features to captivate millions of readers with After,” stated Jennifer Bergstrom, Publisher of Gallery Books.  ”We are thrilled to be able to reach an even broader audience in book form.” Read more

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