Amazon won a $30 million deal Wednesday to provide ebooks to New York City public schools, according to The Wall Street Journal.
New York’s Panel for Education Policy voted in favor of the three-year deal with the Department of Education, which will go into effect in the next school year.
If the three years of the program are successful, the deal could be extended another two years, which would net Amazon $64.5 million in total.
The new deal will allow Amazon to introduce its ebook catalog to more than a million students in New York City, the nation’s largest school district.
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Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It? (Bloomberg)
For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts and dollar stores. People in neighborhoods that retailers avoid must travel farther and sometimes pay more to obtain household necessities.
Amazon Adds New Color and Storage Options for Fire Tablet (DBW)
Amazon announced today that it has added new color and storage options to its Fire tablet. In addition to black, the Fire is now available in magenta, blue and tangerine, and can have 8 gigabytes of internal storage for $49.99, or 16 gigabytes of internal storage for $69.99.
Library of Congress Nominee Gets Senate Hearing (NY Times)
A prominent Obama administration nominee was extended a courtesy Wednesday that has become increasingly rare this election year: a Senate hearing. Carla D. Hayden, the head of Baltimore’s public library, whom President Obama nominated in February to lead the Library of Congress, testified before the Senate Rules Committee, and after a little more than an hour of questioning, all signs pointed to a nomination process proceeding as, well, normal.
Overdrive Adds Titles from DC Comics (DBW)
Overdrive announced yesterday that it has added more than 150 comics and graphic novels from DC Comics to its catalog. Public library and school systems in the United States and Canada now have access to titles such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes, Preacher Book One and more.
12 Common Writing Errors Even Bestselling Authors Make (BookBub)
Have you ever bought a New York Times bestseller and found a typo or a glaring error? It’s happened to most of us. Errors can detract from the overall impression of quality readers expect of a published book. This can lead to negative reviews and low ratings, which can have an undesirable impact on sales. The occasional error is practically inevitable in a finished manuscript, but striving for perfection is still a worthy aim. Understanding the most common mistakes can help authors approach their work and editing process with more clarity — and keep them from stumbling on common pitfalls.
When Copyright Protections Are Weakened (Pub Perspectives)
As Australia’s Productivity Commission reviews the country’s intellectual property arrangements, Copyright Clearance Center’s Roy Kaufman says Canberra needs to heed Ottawa’s warning.
The Business of Publishing: On Writing a Book Live (BookMachine)
You’d think that publishers would be in the perfect position to turn their hand to writing a book, wouldn’t you? Especially one who actually began her career – back in the Cretaceous Period – as a writer: my first gig fresh out of university in 1991 was to write a dictionary of saints’ lives for W & R Chambers. (I’d turned up for a speculative interview on the day they’d been let down by an author. In publishing, as in life, it’s all about putting yourself in the way of opportunities then grabbing them with both hands.)
Highlights of London Book Fair 2016 (Creative Penn)
Along with Book Expo America and Frankfurt Book Fair, it is one of the places that agents and publishers go to do business, to sell rights … and to make lots of money with books! I’ve been attending LBF for the last four years, and here’s why I keep going back, some of what happened this year and how my own feelings have changed.
World Publishing, Its Literary Centers, and the Channels Between (Pub Perspectives)
Familiar centers for one literary language or another, writes English PEN’s Erica Jarnes, various capitals become de facto hubs for “world literatures.” How appropriate is that?