Amazon has hired James Atlas—who wrote the definitive biography of Saul Bellow—to edit a new series of biographies called Amazon Lives, with titles scheduled to start appearing in June 2013. Amazon has been steadily preparing to become a powerful publishing presence. The company is clearly set up to sell its own titles online, but how do you sell books published by Amazon in the competition's bookstores (in Barnes and Nobles, for example)? You change the publisher’s name from Amazon Books to New Harvest Books, and you distribute them through another publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Home Depot has announced that it will stop selling books. The news—for us, at least—was that Home Depot sold books in the first place.
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Book prize was not awarded this year because none of the one hundred
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