By Megan DiMaria
Welcome to the February edition of industry news column.
- That’s a lot of $$! Attorneys for class plaintiffs in the ongoing Apple e-book
price-fixing case argued that damages be set between $231 million and $280
million. For more info . . .
- Amazon Publishing launches Waterfall Press, a new Christian
imprint. For more info . . .
- Brown Girls Publishing, a
new digital publishing house, launched yesterday. The company will publish all
genres. For more info . . .
- Morgan James Publishing launches CLM Entertainment, a new fiction imprint that
focus on cultivating and nurturing strong character. For more info . . .
- Not a big shocker here: Amazon posted a fourth-quarter
profit. For more info . . .
- Well, this is too bad. Barnes & Noble report holiday retail sales dipped. For more info . . .
- Castle Gate Press, a new small press, is accepting
manuscript submissions for adult, young adult, and new adult manuscripts
written from a Christian worldview that “contain a touch of the fantastic.” For more info . . .
- Subscription e-book service, Scribed (think Netflix for
books), is adding an app for Kindle Fire and updating other apps. The service
provides access to 100,000+ titles For more info . . .
- Another subscription e-book service, Epic!, launched last
month. Their focus is on books for
readers 5-12 years old. For more info . . .
- An online retailer for animal lovers! Books for AnimalLovers, a retailer offering books about animals launched the end of 2013. The
e-tailer offers physical books—no e-books—as well as nonbook gift items. For more info . . .
- Good news! ABA president Steve Bercu declares, “Independent
bookselling is strong, vital, and growing.” For more info . . .
- This sounds promising. Handseller, a digital platform for personalized book
recommendations, became available to independent bookstores last month. For more info . . .
- With a $50,000 grand prize, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Award (ABNA) contest opens for submissions February 16th. For more info . . .
- A rose by any other name? Publish America is now called
America Star Books. See for yourself, the PublishAmerica URL now defaults to
the America Star Books website. Not familiar with Publish America? Check out this site.
- Publishers try a new twist on an old marketing tactic:
Christian fiction bind-ups. For more info . . .
- Troubled Christian self-publisher, WinePress, closes. For more info . . .
- No big surprise here: Survey finds most authors want to earn
more. For more info . . .
- Simon & Schuster expanding its library e-book marketing
program. For more info . . .
- Also, Simon & Schuster launched Simon451, a new adult
trade science fiction imprint. For more info . . .
- The rumors were true, Salem Communications did acquire Eagle
Publishing. The move creates “one of the country’s most powerful conservative
media companies.” For more info . . .
- Barbour Publishing launches Shiloh Run Press, a new imprint
that will focus on both genre fiction and non-fiction. For more info . . .
- This seems a bit Twilight-Zone-ish to me, but Amazon plans
on shipping items it thinks you’ll like–before you even click the purchase
button. It’s called anticipatory shipping. For more info . . .
- Chicago Review Press has acquired Academy Chicago Publishers.
For more info . . .
- Wattpad concluded 2013 with more than 18 million registered
users. The online writing and reading community uploads 64,000 stories are
uploaded everyday. For more info . . .
Megan DiMaria is Novel Rocket’s industry news columnist. An author and speaker, she enjoys cheering on writers and loves to encourage others as they journey through life’s demands and delights. Megan is the author of two women’s fiction novels, Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands.