Top Twos-Day: Amazon scores, Independent Bookstores secure lead

Amazon Books, the company's first brick-and-mortar store, opened Nov. 3, 2015 in Seattle's University District.

Amazon Books, the company’s first brick-and-mortar store, opened Nov. 3, 2015 in Seattle’s University District.

Top Two Topics landing on my desk this week:

1 – HarperCollins, under their HarperOne division, will accept non-agented manuscripts for their new imprint, HarperLegend. The press release is everywhere, but I couldn’t find it on the HarperCollins site. Publishers Weekly says, “According to HarperOne, online submissions will be reviewed by HarperLegend’s editorial team. If accepted, authors will receive royalties for the e-book publication of their novels, access to HarperCollins’s individualized editorial direction, and custom marketing and publicity guidance. Titles that do well in digital will be released in print.” Read more on Publishers Weekly.com.

2 – Amazon takes the brick and mortar formula by storm. In August, we heard the talk, Amazon will open a bookstore! Reality is better than fiction: they know readers’ buying habits, collected info for years, and now they’re handpicking stock. The Seattle Times quotes Amazon’s vice pres. of books, Jennifer Cast, “It’s data with heart,” she said. “We’re taking the data we have and we’re creating physical places with it.” I know I’m feeling soft and fuzzy, aren’t you? Check out the full article at Seattle Times.com.

More Top Twos-Day news…

image from SeattleTimes.com

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