11/22/10: This Week in the Publishing World

Since it’s Thanksgiving in a couple days, thought I’d post the publishing news early this week.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m taking a Writing for Children’s class, but I keep noticing the topic of children’s books in my classes. Anyway, today the  Association of Booksellers for Children approved a merger with the American Booksellers Association. ABC executive director Kristen McLean said, “We are in a time of unprecedented industry evolution, and I believe the independent booksellers of the ABC are sending a message that they can also evolve to meet the demands of the changing industry positively.” It’s interesting, just last night (and in many of my classes this semester) I heard very similar phrases, that included the key words “evolution” and “evolve.” I guess everyone’s thinking the same way.

ABC Booksellers Overwhelmingly Approve Merger with ABA

Again, on the topic of children’s books–RosettaBooks (not to be confused with Rosetta Stone)  has an exclusive agreement to release the series, “Rainbow Magic” to Kindle. This is their first deal with children’s books. Rainbow Magic is a series for girls 4-9, and has sold 20 million copies worldwide.

RosettaBooks To Publish Kindle Editions of Magic Rainbow Series

And lastly, Sony is going to have reader apps for the iPhone and Android. So now the Sony e-book store is more accessible–though the Kindle and Nook already have this type of app.

Sony Announces Reader Apps for iPhone and Android

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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