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Monthly Archives: November 2012


Mobi, most often seen as .mobi, is a Mobipocket ebook file. It is one of a few formats (including epub, ibook, etc.) that ebook files can be delivered in. It was purchased in 2005, and is currently still owned, by Amazon, after being created by French company Mobipocket.

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Amazon and Barnes & Noble: The Tale of Two Online Booksellers

Being the resident intern around here, I sometimes get stuck with, well, intern-y jobs. A few weeks back, I was assigned to clean up a bookshelf that had been gathering dust, old industry reports and book festival guides. As I flipped through the old files, I laughed at subtitles like, “The CD ROM Gold Rush: Too Many Prospectors, Not Enough Gold.” But it wasn’t all outdated technology jokes. An Open Book Publishing 1997 report entitled “Subtext: Perspective on Book Publishing: Numbers, Issues & Trends” broke the news that “A number of booksellers […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 10/29-11/2

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.     The Big 6 becomes the Big 5–the Random House & Penguin merger is official. Bertlesmann, on the heels of the Random House merger announcement, has bought 100% of its Random House-Mondadori venture. Additional big changes may be a-comin’: […]