Issue 29   November 22, 2011
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Industry News
US Authors Guild attacks Amazon over Kindle Lending
 
The US Authors Guild has accused Amazon.com of "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers by signing them up to its new Kindle Lending program without permission. It claimed it is doing this to drive sales of its Kindle Fire, which is up against the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble Nook in the US' increasingly fraught e-reader wars. Click here for full story:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/us-authors-guild-attacks-amazon-over-kindle-lending.html
 
Last Wave of Closings at Atlantic Books  
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Atlantic Books is closing its remaining stores citing "the rapidly changing landscape of retail bookselling," president Mark I. Simon and Vice President Ross Laufgraben wrote on the company's website. The company will have going out of business sales through December. Click here for full story: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1609
 
Call for SIBA 2012 Book Award Nominations
 
SIBA celebrated her 2011 Book Award with a wedding, and plans are already being hatched for our 2012 Book Award writers.  But we need to know which southern books are your favorites of 2011.  Nominate your picks for the 2012 Book Awards here: www.sibaweb.com/book-award-nominations
 
 
It’s Old–fashioned books for the kids
 
Print books may be under siege from the rise of e-books, but they have a tenacious hold on a particular group: children and toddlers. Their parents are insisting this next generation of readers spend their early years with old-fashioned books. This is the case even with parents who themselves are die-hard downloaders of books onto Kindles, iPads, laptops and phones.... Click here for full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/business/for-their-children-many-e-book-readers-insist-on-paper.html?_r=1
 
Penguin Pulls New Titles from OverDrive
 
Penguin Group (USA) is halting the distribution of new digital titles to libraries for the time being, citing security concerns. Penguin officials have confirmed that its latest titles will not be available for library lending in e-book editions via OverDrive. In a statement, Penguin spokesperson Erica Glass told PW that “due to new concerns about the security of our digital editions, we find it necessary to delay the availability of our new titles in the digital format, while we resolve concerns with our business partners.” For full story: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/49598-citing-security-concerns-penguin-pulls-new-titles-from-overdrive-.html
 
E-book sales can be expected to continue growing

 
E-book sales can be expected to continue growing as readers show increased loyalty to and satisfaction with the digital format, according to Book Industry Study Group's (BISG) closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. Results of the final installment in Volume Two of the survey show that nearly 50% of print book consumers who have also acquired an e-book in the past 18 months would wait up to three months for the e-version of a book from a favorite author, rather than immediately read it in print. A year ago, only 38% said they would wait this long. Click here for full article: http://www.bisg.org/news-5-697-press-releasemore-than-a-passing-fancy-ongoing-bisg-study-reveals-e-book-buyers-deepening-commitment-to-digital-formats.php
 
Local Stores Receive Grants
 
NEIBA recently awarded three more NEIBA Shop Local Grants. Pioneer Valley Local First received $1250 towards marketing this years Plaid Friday (November 25th) and National Buy Local Week (November 25th - December 4th). Worcester Local First received $1250 that will be used to upgrade and enhance their website. Monadnock Buy Local received $1250 to be used to seek guidance from a marketing consultant to identify opportunities to strengthen their already impressive online efforts. NEIBA Shop Local Grants were initiated in 2007 and to date over $35,000 has been awarded to local independent business alliances whose missions are to build community awareness of the importance of supporting locally owned businesses.

Industry Trade Shows
by Tiffany Noel

Time to send in your dates for next year's trade shows. Remember, there is nothing like meeting people face to face, hands-on checking out product, the gathering together as a community of booklovers and learning from one another. Check out all the latest trade show listings. Make attending trade shows a priority! Read on.
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Need to sell off a few titles or a thousand? Or not enough inventory to take to a trade show? Check out Bargain Book Bids! Post your titles and let the bidders come to you!

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