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scott westerfeld stupid perfect world

HarperCollins is launching a new imprint, HarperTeen Impulse, that will publish digital short stories and novellas priced between $0.99 and $2.99. Upcoming titles include short stories by bestselling YA authors Walter Dean Myers and Sarah Mlynowski and novellas by Courtney Allison Moulton and Scott Westerfeld. Read more »

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nook app for windows 8

A couple of weeks after Amazon released its Kindle app for Windows 8, Barnes & Noble’s Nook app has launched in the Microsoft App Store. Nook for Windows 8 includes some of the discovery-related features that Barnes & Noble also added to its new Nook HD tablets. Read more »

European Union Flag

Reuters cites two unidentified sources who says that the European Commission has accepted Apple and four publishers’ proposed ebook pricing settlement. As we previously reported, the EU settlement includes Apple, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan parent company Holtzbrinck. Macmillan and Apple are not settling in the U.S. Read more »

Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced poor third-quarter earnings Friday morning, which did not come as a surprise following the layoffs and magazine closures the company announced Thursday afternoon. Publishing and broadcasting revenues fell significantly, with a bright spot in the merchandising segment. Read more »

NYT newspapers
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A Columbia/Indiana University study on reactions to the New York Times paywall suggests that newspapers enacting paywalls should emphasize financial need, not profit, when explaining them to readers. Still, many readers won’t pay. Read more »


In an attempt to gain a larger slice of the ebook market, struggling Sony is launching a virtual book club. 25 “VIP members” will be chosen to receive a free Sony Reader and ebooks in exchange for promoting the book club online. Read more »

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