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Bookspan Plans Book-of-the-Month Club Relaunch, and Adds Affiliated Publishing Lines

Still the largest family of book clubs in the US, Bookspan has been quietly at work on ambitious new plans, PL has learned. A few months ago, with little fanfare, their "flagship" Book of the Month Club went dormant as a stand-alone club, integrating BOMC members in the companion club,…

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People, Etc.

Tara Singh Carlson will formally move over to Putnam as senior editor. She will acquire hardcover titles for the Putnam list, while continuing to acquire trade paperback originals for Penguin, which will "predominantly" issue the paperbacks of her Putnam hardcovers as well. Joan Didion is the subject of a documentary film…

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An Early Start to the "Best of" Lists

It's hard to believe, but the "best books of 2014" lists have already started. Perhaps looking to get the jump on PW -- which always likes to go early at the beginning of November -- Library Journal has posted their reviewers' top 10, along with "more of the best" and…

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Bookstore News, Good and Bad

The forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair features Bruce Handy chronicling the life of the late owner of Paris's Shakespeare and Company bookstore, "the eccentric, irascible, and visionary George Whitman," and looking at "Shakespeare’s greatest asset in the age of Amazon: Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia." Downtown Greenville, SC will get a downtown…

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Digital Startups Bought and/or Closed in 2014

With our story on the closing of Atavist Books, it's helpful to examine the larger picture of the digital publishing start-up space. In response to a reader query, here is a look at 2014 activity, which breaks into two categories: Companies acquired and/or closed in distress or decline, and those acquired…

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Bertelsmann Makes Big Educational/Training Software Purchase

Bertelsmann has agreed to acquire North Carolina-based educational software firm Relias Learning, paying in the "mid-hundreds of millions" of dollars to buyout firm Vista Equity Partners. Two sources tell Reuters that translates into roughly $540 million. Relias produces employee training software that is used by over 4,000 organizations, primarily in health…

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Apple Celebrates Another Big Quarter

Apple reported fiscal fourth quarter results after the close of the market on Monday, with a strong launch of the new iPhones moving over 39 million units and taking company sales to $42 billion for the quarter, up 12 percent compared to a year ago. iPad sales declined 13 percent…

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People: Green to ICM, and More

Following the dissolution of Jeff Berg's start-up agency Resolution, veteran agent Rich Green has joined the media rights department of ICM, based in Los Angeles. Green was at CAA for 9 years before joining Resolution, and worked at UTA prior to that. He has represented authors including Jonathan Franzen, Matthew Quick, Chuck…

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Atavist Books to Close At the End of the Year

Atavist Books, the digital-first book publishing joint venture founded and funded by IAC and film producer Scott Rudin, will shut down operations on December 31 and no longer publish new works. The software and media enterprise The Atavist will continue, however, and will take over Atavist Books' assets along with IAC --…

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Simon & Schuster and Amazon Agree to Multi-Year Renewal, With Agency Restored

As the Hachette Book Group remains in a standoff over contract renewal terms with Amazon, Simon & Schuster has reached agreement on a multi-year deal for both ebooks and print books. The deal also covers S&S distribution clients. (Word of a renewal was first reported online briefly on Monday afternoon by…

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