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Authors Guild Calls Amazon/Goodreads Deal a ‘Devastating Act of Vertical Integration’ Authors Guild Calls Amazon/Goodreads Deal a ‘Devastating Act of Vertical Integration’

On Thursday Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. At its core, Goodreads functioned as a social network for ardent readers. With this acquisition, Amazon has snatched up an independent network that …

‘Lady At The O.K. Corral’ Author Ann Kirschner Speaks At Google ‘Lady At The O.K. Corral’ Author Ann Kirschner Speaks At Google

Ann Kirschner, author of the Josephine Marcus Earp biography, “The Lady at the O.K. Corral,” recently spoke at one of Google’s “Authors At Google” . Google has now made video available for all to enjoy. Here’s how the book is …

‘Raw Food For Dummies’ Authors School Google ‘Raw Food For Dummies’ Authors School Google

Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann of Living Light Culinary Institute and authors of “Raw Food For Dummies” recently participated in an Authors @ Google Talk. Google uploaded the video this week. More recent At Google talks here.

Amazon Acquires Book Recommendations Site and Social Network Goodreads Amazon Acquires Book Recommendations Site and Social Network Goodreads
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Amazon has just announced that they are acquiring Goodreads, “the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” Good reads launched in 2007 and since then has built up a user base of 16 million members, who have added 525 …

Guy Kawasaki On The Benefits Of Self-Publishing Guy Kawasaki On The Benefits Of Self-Publishing

Guy Kawasaki, the former Apple evangelist, who is now advising Google’s Motorola group on product design, recently co-authored a book with Shawn Welch, called APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book, aimed at helping people understand the self-publishing process. …

Nilofer Merchant Talks At Google Nilofer Merchant Talks At Google

Nilofer Merchant, author of the bestselling 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (published by Harvard Business Review Press), recently did an @Google Talk, and the company posted the video today. Google explains, “In this talk, Merchant argues that …

Reagan Daughter’s Lesbian Novel Self-Published on Kindle Reagan Daughter’s Lesbian Novel Self-Published on Kindle
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It turns out that not even having a U.S. president for a father can guarantee a publishing contract. This week, Patti Davis, born Patricia Reagan, self-published a novel in the Kindle book store. Titled Till Human Voices Wake Us, the …

Douglas Adams Honored with Interactive Google Doodle Douglas Adams Honored with Interactive Google Doodle
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Today, Google is honoring English author Douglas Adams with a fun little interactive Doodle. Adams began his writing career in the mid 1970s and soon got a break writing for Monty Python. Soon after this small job, Adams was forced …

Apple Launches iBookstore In Japan With Exclusive Titles Apple Launches iBookstore In Japan With Exclusive Titles

During the iPad Mini event last year, Apple announced native Asian language support would be coming to iBooks. Now iOS fans in Japan can take more advantage of this native support as the iBookstore has made its way over to …

What ‘Thinking Like Zuck’ Could Mean For Your Business What ‘Thinking Like Zuck’ Could Mean For Your Business
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Not everyone loves all of Facebook’s policies and practices, but one thing that’s hard to argue against is Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s entrepreneurial success. Have you learned anything about business from the Facebook story? Let us know in the comments. Think …

Author George Saunders Talks At Google Author George Saunders Talks At Google

Google shared another one of its @Google Talks today. This one features George Saunders, the New York Times bestselling writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. He appeared at Google to promote his collection of stories “Tenth of …

Go the F**k to Sleep Author Has Some Words For Google Go the F**k to Sleep Author Has Some Words For Google

Google has released its latest Authors@Google video, which features authors Adam Mansbach and T Cooper. The former is best known for his “children’s book for adults” titled Go the F**k to Sleep. The popular book was made even more popular …

Anne-Cath. Vestly Honored With Google Doodle Anne-Cath. Vestly Honored With Google Doodle
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Google is honoring Norwegian children’s literature author Anne-Cath. Vestly with a doodle in Norway. This would have been her 93rd birthday. She passed away in 2008 at the age of 88. She won numerous awards, and her most famous work …

Randi Zuckerberg Snags a Two-Book Deal from HarperCollins Randi Zuckerberg Snags a Two-Book Deal from HarperCollins

Randi Zuckerberg, former marketing head at Facebook and sister of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has just finalized a two-book deal with HarperCollins. The first book will be called “Dot Complicated,” which happens to be the name of a modern lifestyle newsletter …

Eric Schmidt Ties Search Rankings To Verified Profiles In Upcoming Book Eric Schmidt Ties Search Rankings To Verified Profiles In Upcoming Book
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It’s become pretty obvious that Google is looking to put user identity at the forefront of a number of its products, and that includes search. Nothing new there. Eric Schmidt apparently talks about this in his upcoming book, and notes …

Completely Paperless Public Library Could Come to Texas Completely Paperless Public Library Could Come to Texas

Bexar County, Texas may soon be the first place in the U.S. to operate an entirely digital public library. A Judge in the county, Nelson Wolff, is pushing for the construction of an entirely bookless public library. He says it …

McGraw Hill Lends Its eBooks To Libraries McGraw Hill Lends Its eBooks To Libraries

Publishing house McGraw Hill announced today that it is expanding its digital offerings to libraries, by offering an enhanced purchasing program for its eBook library. They call the new purchasing alternative their “perpetual access” program. The publisher’s eBook library includes …

Fifty Shades of Grey Shocks as Top Amazon Book of the Year Fifty Shades of Grey Shocks as Top Amazon Book of the Year
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No really, of course. Nobody should be surprised that an entry in the popular trilogy took Amazon’s yearly crown, as it was a pretty big year for masturbatory fiction. It was actually book three (Fifty Shades Freed) that grabbed the …

E-Cookbook Compiles Techie Recipes for Charity E-Cookbook Compiles Techie Recipes for Charity
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If you’ve ever wondered what figures in the tech community are eating? Want to donate to charity? Well, with a purchase of a new ebook called “The Startup Chef” you can fulfill both of those desires. Published and showcased via …

Eric Schmidt Has A Book Coming Out In April, Google Is More Powerful Than Most People Realize Eric Schmidt Has A Book Coming Out In April, Google Is More Powerful Than Most People Realize

Knopf Doubleday Publishing announced today that it will release a book called The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, co-authored by Google Executive Chairman and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen, on April 23rd. “Schmidt and …

“The Ball” Author John Fox Talks @ Google “The Ball” Author John Fox Talks @ Google

John Fox, anthropologist and author of The Ball, recently gave an @Google talk. Google posted the speech in its entirety to YouTube as part of its Authors@Google series. The Ball explores the history and cultures around sports and balls. Here’s …