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Auction Block
Simon & Schuster, the nation’s third largest publisher, is on the auction block. The top contenders in the bidding process are HarperCollins and Penguin Random House (PRH) – the two largest publishers in the country.
The continued consolidation of publishing houses is sad. Fewer large publishers leads to a consolidation of ideas and reduces competition. Fewer editors narrows the spectrum of books available. Perhaps a smaller publisher will rise to fill the gap.
 
Pharmacy Is Open
Amazon has announced that their pharmacy is now open. Amazon is promising a simple process and may have better prices for consumers who do not use insurance plans. Competition may help keep prices in check for all consumers.

 
Audible $6 Sale
Audible has announced a Black Friday sale starting Sunday November 22 and ending November 30. Audible is promising hundreds of titles for only $6 each. Even sweeter: Buy four or more titles and get a $5 credit.
Audible has teased us with a few titles:
American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) by Neil Gaiman
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer
Calypso by David Sedaris
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana Gabaldon
And hundreds more!