According to the publisher, Amazon is delaying the shipment of some of Hachette’s biggest titles.
So far the issue has not impacted ebooks. A Hachette spokesperson told the New York Times on Thursday that the e-tailer is slowing the fulfillment of certain orders “for reasons of their own.”
The move could be a hardball negotiating tactic of the kind imputed to Amazon in the past. Not everyone is convinced that’s the explanation this time around, though (The Digital Reader).
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Open Road Media Publishes in Spanish (Good E Reader)
A new ebook-only imprint called “Ciudad de Libros” will publish Spanish translations of Open Road’s back-list alongside original Spanish-language titles from Barcelona Digital Editions
Flipboard Learns Spanish (The Digital Reader)
An updated version of the content aggregator’s iOS app now supports Spanish.
Amazon Partners with Italian Bookseller (DBW)
A new deal puts Kindle e-readers into stores run by one of Italy’s largest bookstore chains, Giunti al Punto. Amazon will also help Giunti develop its online retail presence later this year.
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Introducing Amazon’s 3D Smartphone (BGR)
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Sneak Preview of Samsung’s New Tablet (The Digital Reader)
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Libraries Lead Push for Digital Preservation (The Verge)
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