As Google Books, in the words of Publishers Marketplace, “gets all 2.0″ in trying to make the feature more user-accessible, the New York Times also reports that the company has decided to charge users for full access to online books. If so (Google has yet to comment) publishers will be able to set the price of their books and share the income with Google. PC Pro comments that whether Google plans to allow purchased books to be downloaded to a portable device, or whether it expects the reader to sit in front of a PC, is not yet known. But while the computer remains the only way to access its Book Search service, the company has added a number of new features to make it easier to “collect, share, and discover new books”.
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Publishers Marketplace points to a story about some of the strategies Borders Chief Executive Officer George Jones is hoping will move the company from “playing defense” to a “strong offense” as he said in a March conference call. Borders has told investors it plans to introduce a new-store prototype in 2008, and a number of the elements expected to be included are getting a thorough “test read” at the plaza store in Paramus, New Jersey, which opened at the end of May.
The new store, 24,000 square feet in size – making it smaller than its predecessor, but more spacious thanks to the redesign – gives prime display space to the components Jones is counting on to reestablish the chain as the “headquarters for knowledge and entertainment.” There is a reorganized movie and DVD department, a music division with listening stations that allow users to hear any song on any CD in stock, and a restaurant/cafe featuring Seattle’s Best Coffee, Borders’ restaurant partner in its new stores.
Publishers Marketplace reports on its front page this afternoon that Perseus will combine its and PGW‘s sales efforts into a single domestic sales group representing the company’s own imprint and Perseus and PGW distribution clients. Perseus will keep 68 PGW employees, but CEO Rich Freese will leave by the end of July as the transition period is complete.
Marketplace further reports that PGW executives and veterans staying on include Kim Wylie (who will continue to be responsible for all PGW client publisher sales, reporting to Perseus’s Matty Goldberg) and PGW field sales director Elise Cannon, who will head a newly combined Perseus and PGW field sales force of 16. Others named include Eric Green, Sue Ostfield, Susan McConnell, Kevin Votel, Eric Kettunen, Sarah Rosenberg, Heather Cameron, Karla Simmons, Sean Shoemaker, Matthew Chilcott, and Roxanne Schwartz.
Be careful what you wish for. That’s the line in my head after an early morning conversation with a friend musing about whether someone would be snapping up fallen NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak to a book deal for her recent 1000-mile trek to attempt kidnapping and murder upon her perceived rival for a fellow astronaut’s affections. “Wanna bet the story will end up as a St. Martin’s paperback with Jane Dystel doing the deal?” I quipped. “Charlie Spicer is prepping the deal memo as we speak,” was the instant reply.
And lo, that’s exactly what happened, according to a deal just posted on Publishers Marketplace this afternoon. Dystel’s the agent, Spicer’s the editor, and the author will be Diane Fanning, whose previous true crime efforts have garnered her an Edgar Award nomination. It goes without saying the book sold on proposal – or maybe a one-page sheet, if that…