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Amazon acquires Avalon. According to Paid Content, “Amazon will release the Avalon titles under its West Coast imprints, including Montlake Romance and Thomas & Mercer.”

Threat of Piracy. Interesting piece on Tech Crunch, focusing on the “spectre” of piracy that looms over the e-publishing industry. Writer John Biggs suggests, “Publishers need to make e-books worth the download. They need to explain the value of the book to a plugged-in audience and they need to grab fans’ attention before the pirates do.”

BEA is optimistic. The New York Post reports from BEA with the headline “Book industry’s death is greatly exaggerated.” And the Associated Press states, “The mood at BookExpo was positive, even as publishers absorb the downfall of the Borders superstore chain (a special blow for paperbacks, noted Penguin CEO David Shanks) and brace themselves for any effects from the government’s lawsuit against Apple and five leading publishers, alleging price fixing of e-books.”

B&N takes on DOJ lawsuit. According to Paid Content, B&N sent a complaint to the Department of Justice, stating, ” ‘the national economy, our nation’s culture, and the future of copyrighted expression’ are at stake.”

 

 

 

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