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Just Jake, Ron Burgundy and a Price War

Amazon’s Battle with Overstock Continues

Popular e-commerce site Overstock went after Amazon last month, discounting their books 10% lower than Amazon’s prices.  Determined not to be undersold, Amazon went on to discount some of their best sellers by as much as 64%.  Described by Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, the discount was created to reward loyal customers “without adding undue pricing pressure on independent bookstores”. It is unclear how the e-commerce giants intend not to harm independent bookstore sales, as even Barnes & Noble, Wal-mart and Target are sitting this battle out.  For the original story available on Publisher’s Weekly, click here.  For Monday’s update: click here.

Thirteen Year Old Offer Signed to Penguin’s Grosset & Dunlap

Thirteen year old Jake Marcionette has topped off a year of school, lacrosse, and annoying his older sister by being signed to Penguin’s Grosset & Dunlap group.  Just Jake, the story of sixth-grader Jake Ali Mathews, offers an authentic and humorous voice on the excitement and troubles of being a kid. President and Publisher of Grosset & Dunlap, Francesco Sedita  said he was “blown away” upon learning that Jake Marcionette was only 12 years old when he wrote Just Jake.  Now in seventh grade, Marcionette’s first novel in two book deal with an option for more will be published February 2014.  See the full story here on CBC Books.

Ron Burgundy’s Autobiography: “I cried like a baby, and you can take that to the bank”

Looking for a glimpse into the life of Will Ferrell’s alter ego?  Look no further than Ron Burgundy’s autobiography, Let Me Off At The Top!: My Classy Life And Other Musings. Burgundy shied away from proclaiming it the world’s greatest autobiography stating that he’s “too close to the work”.  You can find the story here on Independent.ie- the book will hit shelves both physical and digital November 2013.


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July 29,2013: Penguin, Potter and the Library Thief

Here are some of the stories making headlines this week:

Reaction to the Penguin Random House Merge

The newly merged Penguin Random House is set to control 25% of the world’s book business, so what does this mean for authors and indie publishing companies? Being called “a response to the competitive situation” by Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publisher’s Association, many insiders are concerned that modest selling or unknown authors will be increasingly undervalued or neglected. Click this link to see the full story on The Guardian.

14 Facts About Beatrix Potter

July 28th marked the 147th birthday of the famous children’s book author, Beatrix Potter. Best known for her work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, HuffPost has put together a collection of lesser known facts and photographs to celebrate. Click here to see the slideshow.

Microsoft’s X-Box One Embracing Self-Publishing

Even the gaming industry is looking to foster and tap into the creative energy of independent developers. VP Mark Whitten explains: ” Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development”. Click here for more details from Forbes.

Stolen Books Returned to Sweden

Last week, two rare books stolen from Sweden’s Royal Library were returned after being purchased by an antique book dealer in Baltimore. The story of 56 missing volumes came to light after a confession from the late librarian Anders Burius back in 2004. Follow this link for the full story on The Atlantic Wire.

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