Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Roundup with PW

Amazon Lost $241 Million on $88 Billion in Sales
For the full year, sales increased 20% to $88.99 billion at Amazon, but the company had a net loss in the year of $241 million compared with net income of $274 million in 2013. Media sales in the year rose 7% in North America, but were just about flat in international markets. more »

S&S Launching Platform-Building Imprint
Simon & Schuster has created a new publishing unit that will offer authors a suite of profile-building services. North Star Way will have an editorial focus on nonfiction in the fields of self-improvement and inspiration, mind-body-spirit, motivation, wellness and business inspiration and leadership. more »

Bookselling Roundup, Week Ending January 30, 2015
The indie bookstore revival continues. Sophia’s Books and Puzzles opened in Plattsburgh, N.Y., earlier this week; a new lease has been signed on Pages Bookshop in Detroit; and the country's largest indie chain, Half Price Books, is planning to open a new location in Georgia. more » »

Target Bids Adieu to Nook: With little fanfare, Target has ended its agreement with Barnes & Noble to carry Nook hardware in stores.

40 Tiny Tasks For a Richer Reading Life: Book Riot has rounded up little ways to enrich your reading life every day.

Origin of Riches: A rare first edition of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' has sold for a whopping £26,000 at auction.

Song of Ice and Fire Fans Have to Wait: George R.R. Martin's publisher confirmed there are no plans for the much-anticipated latest volume from his A Song of Ice and Fire series to appear in 2015.

Rod McKuen Dies at 81: Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the bestselling poets in history, has died.

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