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5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 8/27-8/31

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.



This week’s cause for righteous indignation: the discovery of just how many glowing online book reviews were bought at a price. (One blogger’s infographic on how one might be able to detect shady book reviews on Amazon.)

That ebooks-and-indie bookstore matchmaker, Google Books, will be closing up virtual shop come the new year, but Kobo’s stepping forward to fill the gap.

Variations on a theme: but this time with ereaders instead of ebooks, and UK chains instead of US indies: Nook announced its partnership with UK bookstore chains Argos, Foyle’s, and Blackwell’s.

There was great hubbub when Amazon announced a September press conference several weeks ago. This week, we learned Kindle Fires were “out of stock.” Lights. Camera. Rumor mill!


Impress a Penguin, for pete’s sake.

Labor Day BONUS LINK! Penguin UK‘s miracle of HR and company culture may not be “news”, but it should be. I’ve flipped through this site at least a dozen times, and every time I have to resist the urge to drop everything, march right across the Atlantic, and do whatever it takes to impress the living daylights out of that little penguin. But mostly, it makes me feel lucky to be part of a global community that thinks making books is just this awesome.

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