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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Thank you for writing to me in response to Amazon’s email. I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. We usually don’t comment publicly while negotiating, but I’ve received a lot of requests for Hachette’s response to the issues raised by Amazon, and want to reply with a few facts.
· Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone.
· We set our ebook prices far below corresponding print book prices, reflecting savings in manufacturing and shipping.
· More than 80% of the ebooks we publish are priced at $9.99 or lower.
· Those few priced higher—most at $11.99 and $12.99—are less than half the price of their print versions.
· Those higher priced ebooks will have lower prices soon, when the paperback version is published.
· The invention of mass-market paperbacks was great for all because it was not intended to replace hardbacks but to create a new format available later, at a lower price.
As a publisher, we work to bring a variety of great books to readers, in a variety of formats and prices. We know by experience that there is not one appropriate price for all ebooks, and that all ebooks do not belong in the same $9.99 box. Unlike retailers, publishers invest heavily in individual books, often for years, before we see any revenue. We invest in advances against royalties, editing, design, production, marketing, warehousing, shipping, piracy protection, and more. We recoup these costs from sales of all the versions of the book that we publish—hardcover, paperback, large print, audio, and ebook. While ebooks do not have the $2-$3 costs of manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping that print books have, their selling price carries a share of all our investments in the book.
This dispute started because Amazon is seeking a lot more profit and even more market share, at the expense of authors, bricks and mortar bookstores, and ourselves. Both Hachette and Amazon are big businesses and neither should claim a monopoly on enlightenment, but we do believe in a book industry where talent is respected and choice continues to be offered to the reading public.
Once again, we call on Amazon to withdraw the sanctions against Hachette’s authors that they have unilaterally imposed, and restore their books to normal levels of availability. We are negotiating in good faith. These punitive actions are not necessary, nor what we would expect from a trusted business partner.
Thank you again and best wishes,
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Dear KDP Author,
Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents – it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.
With it being so inexpensive and with so many more people able to afford to buy and read books, you would think the literary establishment of the day would have celebrated the invention of the paperback, yes? Nope. Instead, they dug in and circled the wagons. They believed low cost paperbacks would destroy literary culture and harm the industry (not to mention their own bank accounts). Many bookstores refused to stock them, and the early paperback publishers had to use unconventional methods of distribution – places like newsstands and drugstores. The famous author George Orwell came out publicly and said about the new paperback format, if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion.
Well… history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Fast forward to today, and it’s the e-book’s turn to be opposed by the literary establishment. Amazon and Hachette – a big US publisher and part of a $10 billion media conglomerate – are in the middle of a business dispute about e-books. We want lower e-book prices. Hachette does not. Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99. That is unjustifiably high for an e-book. With an e-book, there’s no printing, no over-printing, no need to forecast, no returns, no lost sales due to out of stock, no warehousing costs, no transportation costs, and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books. E-books can and should be less expensive.
Perhaps channeling Orwell’s decades old suggestion, Hachette has already been caught illegally colluding with its competitors to raise e-book prices. So far those parties have paid $166 million in penalties and restitution. Colluding with its competitors to raise prices wasn’t only illegal, it was also highly disrespectful to Hachette’s readers.
The fact is many established incumbents in the industry have taken the position that lower e-book prices will “devalue books” and hurt “Arts and Letters.” They’re wrong. Just as paperbacks did not destroy book culture despite being ten times cheaper, neither will e-books. On the contrary, paperbacks ended up rejuvenating the book industry and making it stronger. The same will happen with e-books.
Many inside the echo-chamber of the industry often draw the box too small. They think books only compete against books. But in reality, books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.
Moreover, e-books are highly price elastic. This means that when the price goes down, customers buy much more. We've quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000. The important thing to note here is that the lower price is good for all parties involved: the customer is paying 33% less and the author is getting a royalty check 16% larger and being read by an audience that’s 74% larger. The pie is simply bigger.
But when a thing has been done a certain way for a long time, resisting change can be a reflexive instinct, and the powerful interests of the status quo are hard to move. It was never in George Orwell’s interest to suppress paperback books – he was wrong about that.
And despite what some would have you believe, authors are not united on this issue. When the Authors Guild recently wrote on this, they titled their post: “Amazon-Hachette Debate Yields Diverse Opinions Among Authors” (the comments to this post are worth a read). A petition started by another group of authors and aimed at Hachette, titled “Stop Fighting Low Prices and Fair Wages,” garnered over 7,600 signatures. And there are myriad articles and posts, by authors and readers alike, supporting us in our effort to keep prices low and build a healthy reading culture. Author David Gaughran’s recent interview is another piece worth reading.
We recognize that writers reasonably want to be left out of a dispute between large companies. Some have suggested that we “just talk.” We tried that. Hachette spent three months stonewalling and only grudgingly began to even acknowledge our concerns when we took action to reduce sales of their titles in our store. Since then Amazon has made three separate offers to Hachette to take authors out of the middle. We first suggested that we (Amazon and Hachette) jointly make author royalties whole during the term of the dispute. Then we suggested that authors receive 100% of all sales of their titles until this dispute is resolved. Then we suggested that we would return to normal business operations if Amazon and Hachette’s normal share of revenue went to a literacy charity. But Hachette, and their parent company Lagardere, have quickly and repeatedly dismissed these offers even though e-books represent 1% of their revenues and they could easily agree to do so. They believe they get leverage from keeping their authors in the middle.
We will never give up our fight for reasonable e-book prices. We know making books more affordable is good for book culture. We’d like your help. Please email Hachette and copy us.
Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch: Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com
Copy us at: email@example.com
Please consider including these points:
- We have noted your illegal collusion. Please stop working so hard to overcharge for ebooks. They can and should be less expensive.
- Lowering e-book prices will help – not hurt – the reading culture, just like paperbacks did.
- Stop using your authors as leverage and accept one of Amazon’s offers to take them out of the middle.
- Especially if you’re an author yourself: Remind them that authors are not united on this issue.
Thanks for your support.
The Amazon Books Team
P.S. You can also find this letter at www.readersunited.com
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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"He's just arrogant and he'll say stupid things sometimes with utter conviction. That's the height of arrogance, I suppose, if you feel it doesn't matter what you say because in your world, you only speak the truth."
Monday, June 18, 2012
Each collection will be offered for a limited time and is divided into three age-appropriate groups:
- June 18 through July 15: Summer Reading Collection for Ages 7-12
- July 16 through August 5: Summer Reading Collection for Teens
- August 6 through September 2: Picture books for young readers
The first collection of titles, available June 18 through July 15, is specially designed for readers ages seven through 12 and features the following perennial favorites and bestsellers by popular authors:
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
- The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus series No. 1) by Jonathan Stroud
- Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers series No. 1) by Ridley Pearson
- Judy Moody & Stink: Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt by Megan McDonald
- The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
- Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
With all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles. In addition, Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers™.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Perfect Gift for Father’s Day and Graduation, Save $20 on NOOK Color™ or NOOK Simple Touch™
For a Limited Time NOOK Simple Touch Offered at $79, Our Lowest Price Ever
New York, New York – June 7, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a special savings offer, just in time for Father’s Day and Graduation. Starting Thursday June 7, 2012, through Sunday June 17, 2012, customers will save $20 on a new NOOK Color or NOOK Simple Touch when they use their MasterCard card. During this amazing limited time offer, NOOK Color will be available for only $149 and NOOK Simple Touch is being offered at $79, our lowest price ever for both devices. This offer is available at all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide and online at www.nook.com. In-store customers will receive the discount via a printable coupon, while online customers at www.nook.com will use a coupon code provided at time of purchase.
NOOK devices are the perfect choice for anyone who wants access to their favorite reads anywhere they go. The award-winning NOOK Color is the best value in the tablet market at only $169, but for a limited time it’s available for $149, our lowest price ever, when customers purchase with a MasterCard card during this offer. Featuring a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color touchscreen, NOOK Color is ideal for reading a wide variety of content including books, enhanced books, immersive children’s picture books, an expansive collection of interactive magazines, comics, newspapers and more. NOOK Color also offers the most-requested tablet features, including access to top video and music services, high-quality NOOK Apps™, built-in e-mail, and an enhanced Web experience.
Customers seeking a simple,easy-to-use, dedicated reading experience will love NOOK Simple Touch – an ultra-light, portable 6-inch eReader with the most-advanced E Ink® Pearl display and the longest-lasting battery life of up to 2 months on a single charge. This award-winning device is normally available for only $99, but for a limited time it will be $79, our lowest price ever, when purchased using a MasterCard card. With a simple tap, NOOK Simple Touch is intuitive and easy to navigate, shop and read. NOOK Simple Touch was also named the “Best e-ink reader” by CNET.
For those last-minute Father’s Day shoppers, Barnes & Noble.com is offering all customers free express and free expedited shipping of any NOOK device. The free express shipping is available from June 9 through June 12. The free expedited shipping is available from June 12 through June 14. Both options will help to ensure delivery of a new NOOK in time for Father’s Day.
With all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 2.5 million digital titles. In addition, Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers™.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Activities Will Take Place in Expanded Toys & Games Department as Part of Annual Summer Reading Program, Imagination’s Destination
New York, NY– June 4, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that stores nationwide will host a new Hands-On Learning event series, for children ages four and up, designed to help promote cognitive development, literacy, creativity, social skills and scientific thinking. The Hands-On Learning events will take place in June, July and August and mark the expansion of the company’s Summer Reading Program, “Imagination’s Destination,” to its Toys & Games Department.
Kicking off the program this month is a Lego® Building Event designed to help children develop fine motor skills, while having fun with ever-popular Lego micro bricks. Customers are encouraged to visit www.bn.com for more information on Hands-On Learning events at their neighborhood Barnes & Noble location.
“We are thrilled to provide children with fun, engaging activities that foster critical thinking skills and spatial relationships with our new Hands-On Learning events,” says Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games. “Through this exciting new program, Barnes & Noble is both the ultimate resource for families’ educational needs and a great destination for summer fun.”
The Barnes & Noble’s Toys & Games Department features 3,000-square-feet of play space incorporating interactive displays, creativity and learning through activities, scientific discoveries, and favorite children’s characters. Through unique strategic partnerships with world renowned toy and games manufacturers, Barnes & Noble has five interactive play areas – Building, Learning, Imagining, Creating and Playing – that offer children hands-on learning experiences in a fun, engaging and comfortable environment.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Special Promotion with New Scholastic “Discover More™” Series Allows Children to Further Explore Their Imaginations|
|NEW YORK, NY - May 22, 2012 - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS),
the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational
products, today announced the launch of its 2012 Summer Reading program:
Imagination's Destination. Children in grades 1-6 can earn a free book
just by reading eight books and turning in a completed reading journal
sheet about the books they read. This year, Imagination’s Destination
features the exciting new Scholastic Discover More series along with two
special promotions to encourage young readers to explore their
imaginations all summer long. |
Scholastic Discover More is an innovative new book series that makes learning a fun and immersive journey of discovery at a variety of reading levels, through vivid color photos and in-depth diagrams. Each title in the series comes with a free digital companion book which offers even more illuminating insight. Young explorers can download a digital sample of the Scholastic Discover More experience to read on Barnes and Noble’s award-winning NOOK Color™ or NOOK Tablet™.
From May 22 through July 9, participating families can take home a free 3-D Shark Poster, a $6.95 value, with the purchase of any Scholastic Discover More book. From July 9 through September 4, customers can take home a free Projector Flashlight of the Constellations, a $5.95 value, with the purchase of any Scholastic Discover More book. The 3-D Shark Poster and the Projector Flashlight are available in stores while supplies last.
“We’re proud to offer young readers even more creative ways to explore their imaginations through the dynamic power of books with our 16th annual Summer Reading program,” said Mary Amicucci, Vice President of Children's Books for Barnes & Noble, Inc. “As the premier destination for the best summer reading experience, we are excited to help children continue to discover the bright world of reading over their summer vacations.”
The free Summer Reading program kicks off in Barnes & Noble stores across the country May 22 and continues through September 4, 2012. Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) will feature the reading journal, summer reading kit, and book recommendations for summer reading fun at www.bn.com/summerreading.
This year, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program includes seven fun activities for kids in our summer reading kit that can be downloaded from www.bn.com/summerreading.
Find Your Favorites- Encourage children to identify their favorite authors and illustrators. This is an important part of exploring the world of books. Ask questions such as: What makes this author your favorite? Can you always identify this person's art or writing style? Is there a subject that you would like this person to explore?
Fiction & Non-Fiction- Encourage children to explore different genres of literature. It's important that they know the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Ask children if adventure, biography, fantasy, mystery, sports and science books can be fiction, non-fiction or both.
Playing Roles- Reading allows us to imagine ourselves in the roles played by other people. These people can be historical figures or fictional characters. Ask children to list five characters who have captured their imagination and describe ways in which they are similar and different from themselves.
Realms of Imagination- Our imaginations shape our sense of what is possible. Encourage children to plan their ideal summer vacation, mixing elements of real life with places they'd like to visit - maybe even a fictional destination from their favorite book.
Face to Face with History- Learning about people, places, and events that changed the world we live in can be fun. The Face to Face with History activity from Scholastic encourages kids to think about a famous person in history they would like to know more about and use research to answer questions about this person.
Steps in Order- Kids get the chance to be the expert in this fun activity from Scholastic. Steps in Order encourages kids to learn how to write instructions about how to do something of their choosing and the materials needed to do it.
Packed with Facts- Knowing how to use encyclopedias is an important part of learning for kids. Scholastic’s Packed with Facts activity encourages kids to write an encyclopedia article about something that interests them.
The Reading Journal- Choose eight books to read over the summer. Fill out your reading journal with the books your child has read and discuss who they would recommend each book to and why. Once they've read eight books, bring the completed reading journal to any Barnes & Noble location to receive a free book.
Everything you need to begin your journey to your imagination's destination with the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program can be found online at www.bn.com/summerreading.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Pre-Orders Shipping Over the Next Week
Due to Strong Demand, Limited Quantities will be Available through Mother’s Day
Customers Encouraged to Pre-Order Hot-Selling New NOOK at www.nook.com and in Stores to Ensure Delivery for Mother’s Day
New York, New York – April 24, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced today that it began shipping the highly anticipated NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight ahead of schedule to customers who pre-ordered the device. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is the world’s first E Ink® Reader with patent-pending lighting technology that eliminates the number-one problem couples have in bed – having their sleep interrupted, or being prevented from falling asleep, when their partner reads with the light on. Due to very strong pre-order demand, the company recommends that customers who wish to gift the device for Mother’s Day pre-order now, as orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“Our new, patent-pending GlowLight technology coupled with the most advanced E Ink display available make this product the most versatile, high-utility Reader ever and the only device of its kind,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “It’s like having two Readers in one, with our breakthrough GlowLight technology making the device as exceptional for reading in the darkest bedroom as on the brightest beach, and all at the amazing value of just $139.”
Said Lynch, “We thank our millions of NOOK customers and are pleased to deliver NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight earlier than committed to those who pre-ordered our newest NOOK. For those who would like to give NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight as a gift for Mother’s Day, we strongly recommend pre-ordering the device now in stores or online as we will have very limited quantities based on the larger-than-expected order volume we’ve received so far.”
NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, introduced by Barnes & Noble less than two weeks ago, is the first and only Reader designed to let E Ink customers read in the dark and at the beach. With a soft, adjustable glow, GlowLight gives bedtime readers just the right amount of light for reading, without disturbing a sleepy spouse. The first and only Reader designed to let E Ink customers read in the dark is equally amazing at the beach, with a paper-like reading experience, even in the bright sun.
Like having two Readers in one, this revolutionary device is the first to combine the most advanced and fastest E Ink display with a precise infrared touchscreen, built-in anti-glare screen for reading in any lit environment, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. It is also the lightest NOOK ever, with a long-lasting battery for over one month of reading on a single charge, with the light on.
Beginning this week, customers visiting any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores will be able to try NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight demonstration units. Barnes & Noble NOOKsellers™ will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions about the newest member of the award-winning NOOK® portfolio, as well as set up devices and take pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship throughout the month and limited quantities of the device are expected to be available for sale in stores in early May.
Customers should visit www.NOOK.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops™ and displays in one of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores for more information, or to order NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.
- Be of Good Cheer!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
"We are excited to be using the opportunity of this re-license to introduce Ian Fleming's books to a broader audience in the USA, and we believe that Amazon Publishing has the ability to place the books back at the heart of the Bond brand, balancing traditional publishing routes with new technologies and new ways of reaching our readers," said Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
The agreement for the 14 classic James Bond titles includes the first James Bond book in the series, Casino Royale (1953)--which will celebrate 60 years of publication in 2013--as well as Live and Let Die (1954); Moonraker (1955); Diamonds Are Forever (1956); From Russia with Love (1957); Dr. No (1958); Goldfinger (1959); For your Eyes Only (1960); Thunderball (1961); The Spy Who Loved Me (1962); On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963); You Only Live Twice (1964); The Man With The Golden Gun (1965) and Octopussy and the Living Daylights (1966). Since their first publication the books have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and have been the inspiration behind the world's longest-running film franchise. Following Fleming's death in 1964, Kingsley Amis wrote the next book in the Bond series, Colonel Sun, under the name of Robert Markham. Bond novels have since been written by John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, and Jeffery Deaver.
"We are devoted fans of Fleming's Bond novels here at Amazon Publishing, and we're thrilled these books--already known across the world and across generations--will continue to flourish under our Thomas & Mercer imprint," says Philip Patrick, Director, Business Development, Rights and Licensing. "Amazon Publishing offers signature authors a new life for great backlist titles. Fleming is the perfect fit."
Geller says, "This deal heralds a new phase in Ian Fleming's publishing story. We are excited to be working with Amazon in North America to bring a new generation of readers to Ian Fleming's classic novels."
This agreement comes on the heels of the announcement last month by The Random House Group that the Bond backlist was returning to its publishing roots in the UK, with Vintage Books (sister imprint of Jonathan Cape, the original publisher of Casino Royale) acquiring a ten-year license for exclusive rights to the Bond novels in the English language with the exception of North America.
Notes to Editors:
About Amazon Publishing
Amazon Publishing is the publishing arm of Amazon.com. Amazon Publishing's West Coast Group includes imprints AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, and 47North. Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group publishes adult trade, children's and young adult titles. For more information about all imprints of Amazon Publishing, visit www.amazon.com/amazonpublishing. Amazon Publishing is a brand used by Amazon Content Services, LLC.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. The new latest generation Kindle is the lightest, most compact Kindle ever and features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes - still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch 3G is the top of the line e-reader and offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch, with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle Fire is the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games and web browsing with all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, Amazon Silk (Amazon's new revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser), vibrant color touch screen, and powerful dual-core processor.
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About Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
Corinne Turner, Managing Director, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, is available for interview through Four Colman Getty
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is the Fleming family-owned company that owns the copyright in the Bond books www.ianfleming.com
Over 100 million Bond books have been sold (and over half the world's population has seen a Bond film!)
Ian Fleming wrote 14 James Bond books: Casino Royale, 1953; Live and Let Die, 1954; Moonraker, 1955; Diamonds Are Forever, 1956; From Russia with Love, 1957; Dr. No, 1958; Goldfinger, 1959; For your Eyes Only, 1960; Thunderball, 1961; The Spy Who Loved Me, 1962; On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1963; You Only Live Twice, 1964; The Man With The Golden Gun, 1965 and Octopussy and the Living Daylights, 1966
Fleming's other works include the children's favourite, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964), which was made into a film and stage musical, The Diamond Smugglers (1957) and a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963)
The Ian Fleming centenary was celebrated on 28th May 2008 with the publication of Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks.
Charlie Higson is the author of the Young Bond books which are published by Puffin in the UK
Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook, is the author of the Moneypenny Diaries published by John Murray in the UK
Other previous authors of official James Bond novels include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond Benson
SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.
Head of Publicity, Amazon Publishing
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
Dotti Irving or Katy MacMillan-Scott at Four Colman Getty
Tel: +44 (0)870 626 9000
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Barnes & Noble Announces Special Savings on NOOK Tablet™ When Customers Buy Two Marvel Avengers Digital Graphic Novels
Save $30 on Award-Winning NOOK Tablet In Stores and Online at NOOK.com
New York, New York – April 16, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is announcing a fantastic opportunity for fans of The Avengers graphic novels by Marvel Entertainment, one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, to get an exclusive discount on Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK Tablet.
Customers who buy two Avengers digital graphic novels from a list of select titles in-store or online at Barnesandnoble.com/Marvel will receive a $30 discount on a new NOOK Tablet. The NOOK Tablet is priced at $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version.
“NOOK Tablet is the ideal device for our customers to enjoy Marvel's digital graphic novels in stunning high-resolution color that virtually makes the action leap off the page,” said Jim Hilt, Vice President, eBooks for Barnes & Noble. “We’re thrilled to offer comics fans everywhere this irresistible value of NOOK Tablet packaged with the best Avengers digital graphic novels available on NOOK.”
Once two eligible Avengers digital graphic novels have been purchased, in-store customers will be able to purchase a new NOOK Tablet in the same transaction for a $30 savings.
The online experience will be just as seamless for NOOK and Avengers fans. Customers will simply go to NOOK.com, click on the Avengers offer and choose two titles from the 20 available. Within 24 hours they will receive a link that will allow them to purchase their new NOOK Tablet at the discounted price.
“Marvel is proud to offer our content along with the best-selling NOOK Tablet,” said Peter Phillips, SVP & GM, Digital Media at Marvel Entertainment. “When you want to experience more of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Wolverine or any of our other iconic superheroes, there is nothing quite like a Marvel graphic novel.”
The NOOK Tablet utilizes the world’s most advanced VividView™ Touchscreen technology, offering readers a chance to experience the action-packed epics of The Avengers and all Marvel graphic novels on Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet.
As with all NOOK products, customers can shop Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store™ of more than two million digital titles. In addition, Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers™.
This promotion starts on April 16 and runs through May 6, 2012, and may only be redeemed once per customer.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™: World’s First and Only E Ink® Reader That Lets You Read in the Dark
Amazing In Bed and at the Beach – Like Two Readers In One for Only $139
GlowLight Patent-Pending Technology Delivers on E Ink Customers’ Top Request, Ends Bedtime Reading Debate – When One Partner Wants to Read and the Other Wants to Sleep
Extra-Long Battery Life: Read for Over One Month with GlowLight On
Pre-Order Today for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation
New York, New York – April 12, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today introduced NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, the world’s first E Ink device with patent-pending lighting technology that eliminates the number-one problem couples have in bed – having their sleep interrupted, or being prevented from falling asleep, when their partner reads with the light on. With a soft, adjustable glow, GlowLight gives bedtime readers just the right amount of light for reading, without disturbing a sleepy spouse. Like having two Readers in one, the first and only Reader designed to let E Ink customers read in the dark is equally amazing at the beach, with a paper-like reading experience, even in the bright sun. This revolutionary device is the first to combine the most advanced and fastest E Ink display with a precise infrared touchscreen, built-in anti-glare screen for reading in any lit environment, and an evenly distributed and adjustable light for reading in the dark. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is also the lightest NOOK ever, with a long-lasting battery for over one month of reading on a single charge, with the light on. Customers can pre-order the newest addition to the award-winning NOOK portfolio immediately for just $139 at www.nook.com and in Barnes & Noble stores. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight will be in stores and homes starting in early May, a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations.
For people who love to read, E Ink’s paper-like readability, no-glare screen and long battery life have made it a favorite and nearly perfect device choice, with one exception: reading in bed or other low-light environments. And according to a recent Barnes & Noble national survey of adult readers, reading in bed is what 64 percent do on a regular basis, so it’s not surprising that the number-one request from E Ink customers is the ability to read in the dark to avoid bothering a significant other.
The Brightest Innovation in Reading
Barnes & Noble created breakthrough GlowLight technology, an innovative lighting solution optimized for low-light conditions, never before seen on an E Ink display and not available on any Kindle. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight delivers uniform light across an E Ink display, creating a better nighttime reading experience than LCD. GlowLight turns on instantly and adjusts easily with a touch, so customers can control the amount of light, whether in a dimly lit or pitch dark room. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is the perfect peacekeeper for the half of survey respondents who would read more in bed if it didn’t interfere with their partners’ sleep.
“To date, readers have had to compromise: either buying black-and-white E Ink reading devices to optimize their outdoor reading or color LCD devices to be able to read at night in bed with the light off. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is like two Readers in one,” said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “With our new GlowLight technology and the most advanced E Ink display available, we’ve created the most versatile, high-utility Reader ever; as exceptional for reading in the darkest bedroom as on the brightest beach. At only $139, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight provides customers an amazing value and is the only device of its kind in the world.”
Resolving the Bedtime Reading Debate
For as long as there have been beds, and books, there’s been a common clash between couples at bedtime: Lights on, to read? Or off, to sleep? “The Barnes & Noble NOOK Bedtime Reading Debate,” a survey conducted March 1-5, 2012, polled 1,358 adult readers across the country about their reading habits, and shed new light on this age-old challenge.
Bed Heads: Approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of people polled read in bed, and nearly a quarter read in bed between five and seven days a week.
People who own Readers are among the most likely to read in bed (72 percent) and are more likely to read in bed on a weekly basis than tablet owners (61 percent vs. 54 percent).
The Gender Divide: While reading in bed is a top pick for both genders, there’s a distinct divide when it comes to second place: women are likelier than men to read outdoors (40 percent vs. 25 percent), and men more frequently read in the bathroom (41 percent vs. 26 percent for women).
The Light/Dark Debate: 77 percent of survey respondents say they or their partner requires light for their bedtime reading, although nearly 90 percent say their ideal sleep environment is completely dark.
Men are far more likely than women to report their significant other disrupts their sleep by using a light to read in bed.
Keeping Peace: 50 percent of respondents say either they or their partner would read more in bed if it didn’t affect the other person’s sleep.
Sleepus Interruptus: A partner using a light to read in bed was deemed most disruptive by respondents – even more than a frisky partner’s “midnight moves.”
31 percent of respondents noted that a partner’s use of a light to read in bed interfered with their sleep or prevented them from falling asleep, while 20 percent noted that romantic overtures did the same.
Perturbed Partners: Nearly half (42 percent) of survey respondents have gone to sleep annoyed because their significant other was reading with a light on.
Night Flight, Not Fight: 42 percent of people surveyed say they or their partner has physically relocated to another room to read to not disturb the partner who wanted to sleep, as most also agreed this was the best way to “keep the peace.”
The “lights-on” breach of bediquette leads many to throw in the towel when it comes to sleep with flipping on the TV, leaving the room to read or staying up to read themselves the most frequent alternatives.
Lightweight and Ultra Portable
At under 7 ounces, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is Barnes & Noble’s lightest NOOK ever and 5 percent lighter than the highly acclaimed NOOK Simple Touch. The device’s ergonomic soft-touch design makes it super comfortable to hold in just one hand – perfect for staying up all night in bed with a can’t-put-it-down novel, or for carrying everywhere. Customers can also personalize their devices with an exclusive array of stylish and protective accessories.
Barnes & Noble’s Award-Winning Reading Experience
NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight brings first-to-the-world lighting innovation to Barnes & Noble’s award-winning Reader and reading experience. The most-advanced and fastest E Ink display and revolutionary built-in screen protector offer paper-like reading with no glare, even in bright sun, and lightning-fast page turns. The company’s exclusive Best-Text™ technology with adjustable fonts optimizes each letter, so words are crisp and clear.
It’s easy to navigate, shop and read with just the touch of a finger on NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight’s 6-inch touchscreen. Touch to turn pages, look up words, highlight passages, read your way by adjusting the font size and style and more. Shop the world’s largest digital bookstore of more than 2.5 million books, magazines and newspapers and enjoy helpful recommendations from Barnes & Noble’s book experts, personalized based on favorite authors, as well as those from friends to decide what to read next. Plus, borrow digital books from public libraries.
NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight holds more than 1,000 books, plus it has expandable memory. It’s easy to keep reading on the go with long-lasting battery life: on a single charge with Wi-Fi® off, read for over one month with GlowLight on and over two months with it off.
At the amazingly low price of $139, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight offers an award-winning reading experience, including a power adapter and built-in anti-glare screen protector at no additional cost, unlike Kindle. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight can be pre-ordered at www.nook.com and in Barnes & Noble stores. The newest NOOK is expected to be in stores and in homes starting in early May, in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and summer reading. Experience NOOK products at www.nook.com or at the NOOK Digital Shops™ and displays in one of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores and other leading retailers. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 40,000 NOOKsellers across the country ready to assist customers with setting up their NOOK devices or choosing their next great read.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Monday, December 12, 2011
Biggest-ever, Free Software Update Adds Access to Popular Movies, TV Shows from Top Services Including Netflix and Flixster, with Others Coming Soon
Largest Digital Catalog of Books, Newspapers, Interactive Magazines, Children's Picture Books and Now NOOK Comics(TM)
Today Only: Free $25 Gift Card with NOOK® Device Online Purchase Using a MasterCard® Card
Introducing Instant NOOK Book(TM) Gifting - the Perfect Holiday Present for NOOK Customers Who Love to Read
New York, New York - December 12, 2011 - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, continues to enhance its critically acclaimed NOOK Color with the largest-ever software update to the device now available at no cost (www.nookcolor.com/update), adding over 100 feature enhancements, access to top video and music services, popular apps, comics and more. With new tablet features and access to the best names in entertainment, the first-ever Reader's Tablet(TM) is now even better at the incredibly low price of $199. Customers can enjoy popular movies and TV shows through leading services like Netflix and Flixster, with others coming soon. The update also brings faster, easier access to the world's largest digital catalog of color and interactive books, magazines, children's books, high-quality apps, and now comics and graphic novels.
The perfect holiday gift for those who love to experience all types of content in rich, beautiful color on the world's most advanced VividView(TM) display, NOOK Color is available for new customers to purchase immediately in NOOK Digital Shops(TM) at their neighborhood Barnes & Noble stores, www.nookcolor.com and other leading retailers. Today only, customers who purchase any new $199 NOOK Color online with a MasterCard will receive a free $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, along with free shipping. This offer also applies to the #1-rated $99 NOOK Simple Touch(TM), and the all-new $249 NOOK Tablet(TM), the company's fastest, lightest tablet with the best entertainment displayed in stunning VividView. Additional details are available at www.nook.com.
"Building upon our award-winning reading experience and vast digital content catalog, we are excited to offer our largest NOOK Color software update ever that will bring access to movies, TV shows, hundreds of new apps, comics, graphic novels and more to our time-tested, critically acclaimed Reader's Tablet," said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. "This innovative product continues to receive high acclaim as an Editor's Choice and is ranked among the most highly rated eReaders by many leading technology reviewers. At the incredibly low price of $199, customers can discover all types of interactive content specifically designed for the stunning, 7-inch display, in addition to staying connected through e-mail and the web. We encourage customers to stop by their local Barnes & Noble this holiday season to learn about the whole portfolio of NOOK devices and receive free support from one of our highly-trained NOOKsellers."
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and American Graffiti,) and former vice president of 20th Century Fox International Sandy Lieberson will lead a comprehensive examination of how a film rejected by most of the major studios was put into production by 20th Century Fox and went on to become one of the most iconic films in the history of cinema.
Through a series of interactive seminars, Gary and Sandy will offer first-hand insights into the development, production and marketing that made this film a defining moment in the history of cinema. Areas of focus will be script, visual and audio development, special effects, editing, pre- and post-production, marketing and distribution.
In addition, Gary and Sandy will explore how Star Wars emerged from the mist of 1970s American new wave cinema while offering an expert point of view on the film's enduring legacy.
There will be regular opportunities for Q&A and breaks when participants can talk directly with Gary and Sandy as well as with each other. Be part of an in-depth Star Wars weekend.
Dates: 24-25 March 2012
Duration: 2 days; 10am-5pm each day
Location: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3
Course price: £99.00
We hope to hear from you soon and please don't hesitate to join our mailing list.
Patrick and Lucy
020 3353 3099
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Friday, November 25, 2011
"Our customers love Cyber Monday - it was our peak day last year. Great deals don't end on Black Friday," said Sally Fouts, Amazon.com. "Amazon customers have made the Kindle Fire one of their favorite holiday deals already this season. At just $199, Kindle Fire is already the best-selling item across all of Amazon."
Here's a sneak peek at some of the deals that will be available at various times starting at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 27 through the end of the week in the Cyber Monday Deals Store:
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V 10.2 MP Digital Camera: $199 (save $150)
Pentax K-5 Digital SLR (Body Only): $999 (save $200)
Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle (includes Fable III and Halo Reach): $199 (save $100)
Nokia N8 (Unlocked): $299.99 (save $249)
Monster Diddybeats Headphones: $59.99 (save $89)
Save 50% off select Hasbro games
Save up to 50% off select VTech electronic toys
$25 off purchase of $100 or more on DEWALT tools
Save more than 40% off select TechnoMarine watches
Freshwater Cultured Pearl Button Stud Earrings, Set of 3: $16.99 (save $63)
Save 25% off orders of $75 or more on select brands in Shoes & Accessories
Save up to 60% off sweaters and fleece for Women, Men, Kids and Baby
Bodum Bistro Electric Handheld Immersion Stick Blender (Orange): $49.99 (save $50)
Mercer Cutlery Genesis 6-Piece Knife Set: $99.95 (save $150)
Panasonic Linear Vortex Shaving System: $78.99 (save $171)
Bissell PowerEdge Hard Floor Vacuum: $29.99 (save $20)
Popular album titles including "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, "Metals" by Feist and "Bon Iver" by Bon Iver (MP3 Downloads): $4.99 each
"Twilight" series DVDs: $6.99 each
Shoppers who want to ensure they're getting competitive prices when they're shopping in physical retail stores should use the Price Check by Amazon App for iPhone and Android. Price Check users can easily scan a barcode, snap a picture, or say or type a product name to see Customer Reviews and prices from Amazon.com and its other online merchants. Customers can then make purchases using 1-Click ordering and with delivery directly to their doorstep.
The savings listed above are based upon list price.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
NOOK Accessories: Enjoy discounts of up to 44 percent online and in stores on NOOK must-haves, including a free Clear Screen Film Kit with purchase of a NOOK Color or NOOK Tablet Power Kit for $24.95, and a free NOOK Simple Touch Power Adapter with purchase of a Lyra Light for $14.95.Additional offers, available to customers online and in stores, include: - A coupon for 30 percent off one item to shop online from Wednesday, November 23, to Sunday, November 27, or redeemable in stores from Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27. -
A free $10 Barnes & Noble gift card with every $100 gift card purchase. Whether shopping in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, or online at BN.com, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for gift-givers this holiday season. For more information, visit www.bn.com/blackfriday. And experience NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color and NOOK Simple Touch at www.nook.com or at the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in one of Barnes & Noble's more than 700 bookstores and other leading retailers. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 40,000 NOOKsellers across the country ready to assist customers with setting up their NOOK devices or choosing their next great read.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday look like good days to get Nook Color Tablets and Nook Simple Touch ebook readers. You can already find older Nooks on sale.
If you want a Kindle, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days find bargains. With so many different Kindles, you can find the one for your budget.
Monday, November 21, 2011
|Amazon Unwraps Hundreds of Black Friday Deals|
All week long, the
“In addition to offering great deals on some of the season’s hottest products, we will be watching Black Friday advertisements online and offline to ensure we’re meeting or beating the best deals out there,” said
Here are examples of some amazing deals that will be available at various times starting today through Black Friday weekend:
The Price Check by Amazon App is available for iPhone and Android. Price Check users can easily scan a barcode, snap a picture, or say or type a product name to see prices from
For more information about Amazon’s holiday deals and promotions, follow @amazon on Twitter and
The savings listed above are based upon list price.
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