Go Read This | Amazon Media Room: News Release

As well as being a distributor and retailer Amazon IS a publisher of size and merit. Just in case that wasn’t obvious before, they made it so with the announcement today:

Amazon  and The Toby Press today announced that Amazon plans to acquire the publication rights of up to 121 books currently published by The Toby Press. The books represent the works of 61 authors and include diverse fiction titles and works in translation.Amazon’s publishing imprints, AmazonEncore and AmazonCrossing, will re-publish the works as print editions and Kindle editions in the United States and globally in cases where authors choose to make their works available. Kindle editions will be available for Kindle devices and Kindle apps, and print editions will be available on http://www.amazon.com and its websites worldwide, as well as in bookstores throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.”Matthew Miller and his team at The Toby Press have done a wonderful job of building a first-class list of literary fiction. We’re excited to expand the audience of these titles, some of which have never been published digitally before, and introduce them to readers everywhere,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President, Amazon.com Books. “We admire the great books that The Toby Press has published and are proud to now be associated with this distinguished group of authors.”

via Amazon Media Room: News Release.

Go Read This | Kobo Beats Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony To eBook Gifting « Mike Cane’s xBlog

Well done Kobo!

What’s particularly great about this is that Kobo’s eBooks are ePub using “classic” Adobe DRM. So you can buy nearly anyone — except Kindle owners — an eBook as a gift. The ePub can be read on a Sony Reader, a Barnes & Noble Nook, a Kobo Reader, and other devices.

via Kobo Beats Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony To eBook Gifting « Mike Cane’s xBlog.