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Companies Launch Media Registry to Track Assets

Studios, cable and tech companies said they will launch an Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) to track movies and TV shows in the same way that books are coded. Each media asset, from a full-length movie to a short clip, will receive a unique ID, like an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), Reuters reported. The registry will make it easier for businesses to search, track and report the revenue from a media asset.

Walmart to Sell Kobo E-Reader Starting Next Week

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) will start selling the Kobo Inc. digital book reader in U.S. stores next week, as it moves to increase its hand-held electronic product line. U.S. stores will begin selling the Kobo device as early as Oct. 24, Wal-Mart CEO Michael Serbinis told Bloomberg News.

Amazon Earnings Rise 16% on Electronics Sales

Amazon's third-quarter profits rose 16% thanks to surge in sales of electronic products such as its Kindle e-reader, the world's largest online retailer reported after the bell Thursday. Net income was $231 million, up from $199 million a year earlier, the company said in its earnings statement.

Will Amazon Start Charging to 'Look Inside' Books?

One of the key innovations Amazon implemented on its way to becoming the nation's largest online book retailer was to allow its customers to preview snippets of books. Now, a new patent granted to the online giant suggests they may want to start charging customers for the privilege.

Barnes & Noble Stock Gets Downgraded as Proxy Battle Looms

With less than two weeks to go in the bitter proxy contest between Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio and billionaire Ron Burkle, one key analyst has changed his outlook on the company's stock for the worse and a leading proxy advisory firm has sided with the Riggio camp.

Borders Drops e-Reader Prices, Gets Bears

Faced with tumbling book sales, Border's, the country's 2nd largest bookstore chain, will begin selling stuffed animal kits from Build-A-Bear Workshop in its stores. It also plans to cut prices of its e-reading devices.

Private Equity Groups Interested in Barnes & Noble

A number of private equity groups may be interested in bookstore chain Barnes & Noble (BKS), Reuters reported. Private equity firms including Bain Capital and Apollo are interested in "taking a look" at the company, Reuters said without naming its sources.

Random House Makes a Big Bet on Janet Evanovich

For Janet Evanovich, author of the No.1 bestselling series featuring the romantically challenged bounty hunter and Jersey girl Stephanie Plum, this has been a summer of doing away with the old and in with the new. Out is her longtime publisher St. Martin's Press, with whom she has worked since the late-1990s. In is the Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint of Random House.

'Ace' Greenberg on Bailouts, Banks and Books

The former chief executive of Bear Stearns recently had a chance to share his thoughts on the federal government's bailout of Wall Street, banking reform and the controversial books about the downfall of his old firm.

Why Going Private Could Be Barnes & Noble's Best Bet

With its stock plunging and the trial between key shareholder Ron Burkle and top company executives about to take place in court, signs point ever more clearly to the possibility that Barnes & Noble will go private. And that just might be the best step for the company to take.

Glenn Beck: Publishing's Biggest Hope?

Move over Oprah. Fox News host, Glenn Beck has turned into a literary tastemaker -- and for the authors that he's interviewed on his programs, the results are staggering.

Books@DailyFinance: Turning Scrap into Gold in the Far East

After failing to land a Wall Street job, Stephen Greer sought his fortune in China and found it in the business of scrap metal. He recounts his experiences, and shares some of his hard-won knowledge about developing-world capitalism, in his book "Starting From Scrap: An Entrepreneurial Success Story."

After the Crisis? Richard Florida's Post-Meltdown Vision

In his new book, The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity, Richard Florida attempts to find a silver lining inside the cloud of our current economic malaise. His optimistic view includes fewer suburbs, high-speed trains and what he calls "plug-and-play housing." But his vision seems to lack space for friends, family and roots.