Self-publishing a book is easy than ever these days. With dozens of service providers, distribution channels and free and cheap resources, all you need to do is write the thing.
What about children’s books? Amazon is launching KDP Kids and the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, two tools that are aimed at helping authors create and distribute children’s digital books.
Digitally, children’s books are a whole different animal from the adult segment. Smash hits like The Hunger Games and Divergent series have been successful digitally, but other children’s titles – specifically illustrated titles – have lagged behind.
Perhaps Amazon’s latest move will help change that.
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Amazon Chief Financial Officer to Resign (DBW)
Thomas Szkutak will end a 13-year tenure as CFO of the world’s largest bookseller the summer of 2015. He will be succeeded by Brian Olsavsky, who is currently vice president of finance for the company’s global consumer business.
Penguin Random House Reorganizes Penguin Adult Unit (Pub Lunch)
The new streamlined unit will be headed by Penguin Random House chief operating officer Madeline McIntosh. Susan Petersen Kennedy, the 35-year Penguin executive who had headed the separate units, is leaving the company.
Oyster Poaches Amazon Books Editor (DBW)
Kevin Nguyen is leaving Amazon to become editorial director of ebook subscription service Oyster’s nascent human recommendation operation. He says he’s leaving Amazon because it’s “changed.” More.
New Leadership at Verso (Pub Lunch)
Book publishing advertising firm Verso has a new head. Denise Berthiaume will move up to the position of chairman and owner on October 1, when Martha Otis, a former Hachette senior vice president of advertising, will take over.
Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Partnership (DBW)
The expanded partnership is aimed at providing libraries more ebook purchasing options and services.
New HarperCollins UK Consumer Site Gives Authors Better Royalties (The Bookseller)
The company wouldn’t say how much better authors do when the publisher sells its books as opposed to other retailers. The new site launched in the UK last week.
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Another Round of Layoffs at Quercus (PW)
As part of its integration into Hachette, there was a second round of layoffs at UK publisher Quercus. There will be another small reduction when the units combine offices next spring.
USA Today Books Reporter Out (Pub Lunch)
Bob Minzesheimer has written about books since 1997. His position was cut as a part of a 25-person editorial staff reduction at USA Today.
New Kindle on the Way (The Digital Reader)
The $69 Kindle e-reader – the cheapest model Amazon sells – is reportedly no longer in stock. Does this mean a new model is on the way?
McGraw-Hill to Donate Old for New (DBW)
McGraw-Hill will donate a print textbook for every purchase of its new SmartBook adaptive learning product.