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Atavist Books to close up shop
Atavist Books to close up shop

It lasted hardly more than two years: Atavist Books will close at the end of 2014. The venture was backed by a couple of big entertainment names -- Barry Diller and Scott Rudin -- and an announced investment of $20 million. The publisher's name came from its content partnership with the Atavist, which specializes in long-form multimedia e-books, mostly nonfiction. The Atavist itself will continue; it and Diller's company IAC will absorb the Atavist Books properties going forward. Atavist Books' titles were a mix of digital-only and print. They include the novels "Dear Thief" by Samantha Harvey and "A God in Every Stone" by Kamila Shamsie; the novellas...

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