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TOC 2012. O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference took place early this week in New York. Here are some highlights of the conference from Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly.

Wired tweets: What would you prefer: A Google or Amazon store? What are they talking about? See this article from Fast Company.

Apple iBookstore adds some features for publishers. The Apple Insider reported that features would include screenshots, promo codes, and pre-orders.

Amazon is everywhere. This week, it was reported that the Kindle is set to launch in Japan and Brazil. See Reuters and Paid Content for more.

And so the battle between ebooks and printed books continues. Ebooks defender Tim Parks writes his own manifesto on The New York Review of Books Blog on Wednesday.

Inkling’s Publishing Platform. Inkling’s free platform, called Inkling Habitat, “lets publishers create interactive e-books with HD video, interactive features and 3D content in a free, cloud-based program,” according to Paid Content.

Kobo joins the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire at Best Buy. ZDNet reports that Kobo’s Vox eReader will be sold at Best Buy’s physical stores in hopes to catch on with more American consumers.

Sales of ebooks helping out profits at Simon & Schuster. According to Publishers Weekly, “Total sales at Simon & Schuster slipped 1% in 2011, to $787 million, but adjusted operating income jumped 31% to $85 million.”

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