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Monday News: Changes at Penguin Random House, Google settles with photographers, Rumored changes at Twitter, and Scribd’s infographic on reading

Monday News: Changes at Penguin Random House, Google settles with photographers,...

In explaining his reasoning for creating the Penguin Publishing Group, Dohle wrote that, as the book market continues to evolve and e-book sales grow, “it is clear that capitalizing on our authors’ opportunities for growth will require even greater collaboration and coordination, and even more unified publishing strategies across all formats.” He stressed, however, that while McIntosh’s appointment was a significant change for Penguin, “there is no change being contemplated for the creative and entrepreneurial direction of Penguin’s individual publishing imprints.” –Publishers Weekly

On a tangentially related note: I have seen more than one author utilize a celebrity photo, trademarked image, or clearly copyrighted image without any indication of licensing or permission. With all of the online complaining about piracy, people may forget that images are legally protected, too, and it is extremely problematic for authors to ask readers to respect copyrighted books when they do not show the same respect for copyrighted or trademarked images.

Google shared the news today on its blog, cautioning that this settlement is separate from its larger legal battle with the Authors Guild. This lawsuit, “American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc,” was first filed in 2010. Google’s Authors Guild legal struggles, however, first began in 2005 and continue to rage on. –Venture Beat

Twitter has already been trying to improve its users’ browsing experience,adding tweets favorited by friends to the timelines of users who try to refresh their feeds when no new tweets are available. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo explained that Twitter was trying to give users valuable content when it saw that they were refreshing their feeds and not getting new tweets multiple times. –Washington Post

Friday News: Twitpic shuts down, Amazon woos kid lit authors, Harper Collins experiments with bundling, and deadmau5 fires back at Disney

Friday News: Twitpic shuts down, Amazon woos kid lit authors, Harper...

We originally filed for our trademark in 2009 and our first use in commerce dates back to February 2008 when we launched. We encountered several hurdles and difficulties in getting our trademark approved even though our first use in commerce predated other applications, but we worked through each challenge and in fact had just recently finished the last one. During the “published for opposition” phase of the trademark is when Twitter reached out to our counsel and implied we could be denied access to their API if we did not give up our mark. –Twitpic

This tool will allow budding children’s book authors to create chapter books and illustrated children’s books that are able to take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups, explains Amazon in an announcement about the new services. After the book is finalized, authors can also use the tool to upload the book to KDP while also stipulating the category, age and grade range filters needed to get the book listed correctly.

Optionally, KDP Kids authors can also enroll in KDP Select which allows them to earn royalties through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. They would then also have the ability use other marketing tools available to Select authors, like the Kindle Countdown Deals and Free Book Promotions. –Tech Crunch

Hill asked fans to retweet a message he put out there with the details, which you can see below courtesy the website linked above. The app needed to get your free copy can be downloaded here (Android or iPhone). –ComicBook.com