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Amazon Announces KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

Amazon announced KDP Kids, designed to help children’s book authors prepare, publish and promote both illustrated and chapter books in Kindle Stores worldwide. Children’s book authors can use Amazon’s new Kindle Kids’ Book Creator tool to easily create illustrated children’s books that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups. Once the book is ready, authors can upload it to KDP in just a few simple steps, and use KDP’s... continue reading →

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The facts about Kindle Unlimited

Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click “Read for Free.” Customers can choose from best... continue reading →

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Downtown Bookworks To Publish PBS KIDS Titles

Downtown Bookworks is thrilled to be joining forces with PBS KIDS to publish a series of branded books and kits that empower young children to be creative and engaged in the world around them. The series will launch in Fall 2014 with three titles: PBS KIDS Do It Myself Cookbook (packaged with a set of measuring cups), PBS KIDS Super Simple Sock Crafts (a craft kit with components), and a doodle pad (with crayons and starter art).

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Smashwords and OverDrive in Worldwide eBook Distribution Agreement

OverDrive, the world's largest library eBook platform, and Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of self-published eBooks, today announced that 200,000 self-published titles will be available for public libraries in OverDrive's global network.


The Smashwords catalog features many of the world's bestselling indie authors, including numerous New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The Smashwords catalog is especially strong in... continue reading →

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Children’s Book Art Auction May 28

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the ABC Children's Group at the American Booksellers Association are co-sponsoring the annual Children's Book Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America.

Proceeds will go to support ABFFE’s defense of the free speech rights of young readers.

The auction is on May 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. 

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Teacher-Created e-Textbooks: A Brave New World At Mercersburg Academy

It’s a boarding school surrounded by mountains, where teachers of ancient prophecy, history, potions, and calculation provide magical textbooks that they create themselves. Not Hogwarts, but Mercersburg Academy, an independent college preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania where teachers are harnessing the power of 21st-century tools to create the textbooks they have always wanted, tailor-made to suit their students and their... continue reading →

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Publishing Startups Compete For Prizes at BEA

Announcing the unveiling of the BookExpo Startup Challenge; an event at Book Expo America where publishing startups compete for the opportunity to win cash prizes and pitch to the VCs in attendance.

Publishing technology startups will be making their pitches to leaders in Venture Capital, Technology, and Publishing organizations at this year’s BEA convention.

For the first time ever, there will be a Startup Alley at BEA, bringing... continue reading →

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Who Uses Libraries? Surprising Findings From Pew Research

The Pew Research Center examined the spectrum of Americans’ relationships with public libraries. This elaborate typology of groups based on their library engagement—the first of its kind—sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the U.S.

The findings in this report are based on the results of a nationally representative survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and... continue reading →

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Krosoczka Hosts 2014 Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship, announced today that the Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BookExpo America will be hosted by bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The auction, which is co-sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers’ Association, will be held on May 28 from 5 to... continue reading →

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Jellybooks launches Book Discovery Tools for Authors at The London Book Fair

Jellybooks is launching a set of Book Discovery Tools at the London Book Fair that will help authors and small publishers make better use of social media as a platform for the promotion and discovery of their books.

Jellybooks Tools for Authors will equip authors and publishers with the tools they need to encourage readers to discover, sample, buy, read and share books in an age of proliferating social media and diminishing... continue reading →

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Chronicle Books Continues a Bestselling Roll With “Goodnight Construction Site”

Three children’s books from Chronicle Books have reached a combined 297 total weeks on the New York Times’ Children’s Picture Book Bestseller list.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, first appeared on the New York Times’ Children’s Picture Book Bestseller list on May29, 2011, climbing to the #1 spot a total of 26 times, first on Jan. 29, 2012. On March 16, 2014... continue reading →

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When Kids Get Lost - Colorful Ebook Generates Discussions

If your young child gets lost at the shopping mall, would he or she know what to do? Children’s book author and illustrator Chris Marsh addresses the subject in his new picture book “Zips Goes Wandering” now available for iPad at the Apple iBookstore as well as Nook and Kindle.

In “Zips Goes Wandering” a young zebra wanders away from his mother in the African savannah. Though nervous, Zips uses courage and good judgment to find... continue reading →

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Libraries Get Kudos For Embracing Technology

Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information.

In a larger sense, Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for improving the overall quality of life in their communities. Many library resources are... continue reading →

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New all-you-can-read eBook subscription for kids

Epic!, the first all-you-can-read eBook subscription service designed for kids 12 and under, today launched its iPad application which instantly gives kids access to unlimited books for just $9.99 per month. The app, designed by former game developers and publishing industry veterans, enables the discovery of thousands of high quality books from well-known publishers and creates a unique and fun experience to get kids excited about... continue reading →

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“Our minds often wander, but can our souls?” Asks New YA Book by A. L. Waddington

Young Adults love the paranormal. In Essence, the first book in the new YA Series by A. L. Waddington, teenage Jocelyn lives two different but interconnected lives, in different time eras. As the boundaries between her two realities crumble, she begins to question her own sanity.

Essence is being introduced this week with a fun contest: You can enter to be a walk-on character with your name Enlightened, which is Book 2 of the EVE... continue reading →