As reported by Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon has acquired over 450 children's titles originally published by Marshall Cavendish. An Amazon rep told Publisher’s Weekly that, for now, the children's titles will be published by Amazon bearing the Marshall Cavendish name and that the children's unit will be part of the Amazon Publishing team overseen by Larry Kirshbaum in New York. The deal is not expected to be completed for several month and until it is finalized orders should continue to be made through existing MCCB sales teams.
I can’t find any information at the moment about what this means for the future of ebooks for children, but it does spark my curiosity. Many of us in the education team at AAAS, think there is a great deal of potential for using ebooks in education, particularly in STEM, but of course it depends on the availability of quality titles.
Also of interest today is this article by Peter Osnos in The Atlantic that looks at how libraries are caught in the middle of the power struggle between publishers and Amazon, especially as Amazon looks to expand their publishing holdings.
7 Dec 2011 11:54 AM