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Amazon Publishing likely to acquire troubled Dorchester’s backlist

Amazon Publishing (s AMZN) is likely to acquire the assets of Dorchester Publishing, the 41-year-old mass market publisher that closed its doors this February after years of economic trouble.

Literary agent Richard Curtis, writing at Digital Book World, points to the announcement of an auction for Dorchester’s assets. At the auction, Amazon Publishing will act as the stalking-horse bidder and will purchase Dorchester’s assets unless another bidder comes forward with a better offer.

Amazon Publishing would buy Dorchester’s entire backlist and customer list and would pay Dorchester authors any outstanding royalties they are owed.

Dorchester published genre fiction, mainly romance, Westerns and horror. Amazon recently acquired the 62-year-old publisher Avalon Books, which focused on similar categories.

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