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Sourcebooks "Discover a New Love"

In a move to build community and learn more about its customers, mid-sized publisher Sourcebooks is launching a romance e-book club that gives members e-books, discounts and access to online parties and live events for $9.99 for six months. Read more »

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By requiring retailers to encrypt e-books with DRM, big publishers are essentially banning online indie bookstores and increasing their own dependence on the whims of Apple and Amazon. Emily Gould and Ruth Curry of Emily Books look at the problem DRM poses indie booksellers. Read more »

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Morning Lowdown
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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning:

— Thomson Reuters denies Pulitzer pursuit report, ‘Baron’ affirms it (Newspaper Guild of New York)

–AP turns to citizen reporters for live video news (GigaOM)

— Using the whole chicken: Warner looks to monetize movie audio clips (paidContent) Read more »

Scott Thompson
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The news that’s been telegraphed for weeks is done: Yahoo is laying off 2,000 staffers, 14.1 percent of its workforce, as new CEO Scott Thompson remakes the business around the buzzwords smaller, nimbler, core, best in class. Thompson isn’t close to finished. Read more »

Transformers 3
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Google has reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures to rent studio titles including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America and Hugo through YouTube and Google Play. With this deal in place, Google now has titles from five of Hollywood’s six major studios — 20th Century Fox […] Read more »

Stack Of Newspapers On Table
photo: Corbis / Dirk Rees

The Netherlands’ main news titles are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each. Dutch publishers’ trade association  NDP Nieuwsmedia confirmed members are exploring possibilities for a “common platform to meet demand for their content”, involving a shared database. […] Read more »

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Bambuser users may soon have a much bigger audience: The Swedish live streaming startup has partnered with Associated Press. The news organization will be able to add footage from citizen reporters all around the world its own work, and credit them properly. Read more »

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