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Hodder picks up Quercus for a song
March 26, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Hachette UK imprint Hodder & Stoughton has acquired Quercus Publishing, hitherto mooted as a potential acquisition target for Amazon Publishing. And the price was a fairly minimal £12.6 million ($20.8 million). The full text of the cash offer document, available online here, states that: "Quercus is an international publisher with offices in London and New York.  Quercus specialises in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children's publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints. On 17 January, 2014, Quercus released its interim trading statement for the financial year ended 31 December, 2013, in...

Is Amazon’s Acquisition of Ivona good or bad for disabled e-library users?
January 24, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Well, guess which Seattle-based  megaconglomerate has just bought Ivona Software (Web site here, Wikipedia entry here)—perhaps the world’s best provider of text to speech to use with e-books and other texts? That’s right, Amazon. It’s already using an Ivona voice in the Kindle Fire, and Ivona tech is also powering “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch.” Too bad those features aren’t available on the Paperwhite so far. Deliberate intra-brand market segmentation? Stinks either way. At any rate, even now, you can see Jeff Bezos’ corporate branding on the Ivona site. It’s too early to know how this will shake out for library users with disabilities and for other...

Amazon Acquires IVONA Software
January 24, 2013 | 10:22 am

This probably won't come as too big of a surprise, but it was just announced this morning that Amazon has (finally!) acquired the 10-year-old text-to-speech software company IVONA Software for an undisclosed sum. (Not quite as exciting as the Zappos acquisition, but still ... ) The company currently offers voice and language proficiency in 44 voices and in 17 languages; it's already utilized by Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. Aside from its text-to-speech capabilities, IVONA also provides the ‘Voice Guide’ and ‘Explore by Touch’ features for the Kindle Fire. “IVONA’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use," said Dave Limp, VP, Amazon...