Author Tim Ferriss launches publishing venture aimed at audio-books

Tim Ferriss, the author of popular how-to lifestyle books like “The 4-Hour Body,” says he is launching a custom publishing venture aimed at audio-books. As part of his new venture, which Ferriss calls a book club, he is buying up the audio-book rights to titles that he loves — such as the book “Vagabonding,” originally published in 2002 — and creating studio-quality audio versions. In a blog post, Ferriss says that he thinks he can “at least double an author’s print sales with my marketing of their audio/e-book.”

Amazon Publishing takes on Europe; Kirshbaum to head U.S. unit in reorg

Amazon will begin publishing original books in Europe, the company announced in a letter to literary agents Wednesday. Victoria Griffith, Amazon’s head of West Coast publishing, will move to Luxembourg, while Larry Kirshbaum will assume leadership of both the Seattle and New York imprints.

Cozy raises $1.5 million to make the landlord life a little easier

Cozy, the San Francisco-based startup for landlords, could bring a lot of ease to both landlords and tenants with its standardization of rental applications and monthly payments. The company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to expand its renting-made-easier mission.