Back in 2013, The Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington delivered a commencement address at Smith College. This act inspired her to write a book on looking beyond the acquisition of money and power to Thrive. Check out the highlights from our interview below…
Amazon’s net sales reached $19.34 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 23 percent from $15.70 billion which the company reported in the second quarter of 2013.
The company also repaired that its operating loss was $15 million during Q2, as compared to an operating income of $79 million in Q2 2013. In addition, Amazon’s net loss was $126 million in the second quarter as compared with a net loss of $7 million in Q2 2013.
Here is more from the financial release: “Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.04 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013, includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4 billion.”
Have you ever confused two dystopian stories with one another?
The team behind the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel created a hilarious “Honest Trailer” for the first installment of the Divergent film franchise.
White Stripes frontman Jack White has launched a book publishing company called Third Man Books.
The imprint launches with a poetry collection entitled Language Lessons, co-edited by Chet Weise and Ben Swank of Third Man Records, White’s record label. Poets that contributed work to the collection include: Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka. The title consists of a book, 5 broadsides of poems intended for framing, along with two vinyl records. The records feature musical recordings by artists including: William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Sampson Starkweather.
According to the publisher’s website: “Third Man Books, Like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.”
Scholastic’s total revenues for fiscal 2014 reached $1.82 billion, representing a 2 percent increase from $1.79 billion in 2013. The company also revealed that its fourth quarter revenues for the year were $549.3 million, up 8 percent from the $506.9 million in revenue that the company brought in during the fourth quarter of 2013.
The company also revealed that its Book Clubs revenue rose 12 percent during 2014 and that its education technology sales grew by 9 percent during the year.
The publisher expects their momentum to continue into 2015. Here is more from the press release:
In fiscal 2015, Scholastic expects revenue growth and enhanced profitability across the majority of its businesses and channels. In its children’s book businesses, the Company’s outlook reflects expectations for continued growth in its re-positioned book clubs and increased revenue per fair in its book fairs unit. Scholastic also expects the recent success of Minecraft to continue, with two additional titles and a boxed set scheduled for release later this year, as well as new titles in many of its bestselling series, like Captain Underpants and Star Wars: Jedi Academy.
eBook subscription service Oyster has expanded beyond apps and is now also available on the web and mobile browsers.
The news comes a week after Amazon revealed that it was getting into the eBook subscription business, steep competition for Oyster who so far has been leading the way in the Netflix-for-books business. According to Oyster, June was the company’s biggest month during which its total subscriber base grew by 35 percent. The company also revealed that there are more than 3 million pages read on Oyster a day.
The new platform will help make it more accessible to readers that do not have smartphones or tablets to read on.
“Knowing that about a third of ebook readers regularly read on the web, we’ve had our sights set on this launch for some time,” explained Eric Stromberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Oyster, in a statement. “This marks an important next step on our mission to provide the best product on as many devices as possible.”
Focus Features has released the trailer for the film adaptation of E.L. James’s bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey film. The stars of the erotica film Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were on TODAY this morning to premiere the trailer. We’ve embedded the trailer above for you to check out.
The film is slated to come out on Valentine’s Day 2015 and it features a new recording of Beyoncé’s hit track Crazy In Love.
S.C. Stephens (pictured, via), a bestselling self-published author, has landed a three-book deal with Forever, an imprint at Grand Central Publishing.
Beth de Guzman, vice president of digital and paperbacks, negotiated the deal with Kristyn Keene, an ICM agent. Megha Parekh, an associate editor, will edit the manuscript.
Here’s more from the press release: “Stephens’s first book for Forever, Thoughtful, is a retelling of the events in Thoughtless from the point of view of Kellan Kyle, the book’s hero. It will be published in simultaneous print and eBook editions in February 2015 with a second book following in the Fall of 2015. The third book is scheduled for the Spring of 2016.”