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November Picks: Amazon, iTunes and Costco

In the new monthly lists, Amazon makes Stephen King's Revival their spotlight pick for November and Lev Golinkin's memoir A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka is their featured debut. The rest of their top books for the month are: Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong The Laughing Monsters, Denis…

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Government Still Pursuing SEAL Author Matt Bissonnette

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose 2012 book NO EASY DAY (published under the pseudonym Mark Owen) disclosed details of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and who is set to publish a new book, NO HERO, under the same pen name on November 10, is under criminal investigation…

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At the Random House Publishing Group, Annette Melvin has been promoted to director, creative services. Countryman Press announced a number of new hires and promotions. Ann Treistman has been promoted to editorial director. Dan Crissman has joined as senior editor. Previously, he was senior editor at Overlook. Finally, Devorah Backman…

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Bonnier Acquires UK's Igloo Books

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books on undisclosed terms, adding £30 million in annual sales to create a group with £85 million in sales focused on children's books and adult fiction. The company says it will make them "one of the five largest children's publishers in the…

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PW's Top 10 Books

PW published their annual list of the 10 best books of the year, a selection that includes three works in translation: Nonfiction On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss (Graywolf) Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright (Knopf) Limonov, Emmanuel Carrère, trans. by John Lambert…

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New Google Play Features Aim to Improve Nonfiction eBook

On Thursday morning Google Play Books introduced an update to their reading app providing "a redesigned reading experience that’s optimized for nonfiction books" with feature improvements meant "to solve the ever more challenging reference book" in digital form. Their new "skim mode" makes it easier to skim across an entire…

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Blurb to Launch Recommendations for Independent Publishing Experts

In a little over a week, on November 7, self-publishing platform Blurb will go live with a programmatic answer to one of their most persistent customer requests: Recommendations for freelance publishing professionals. Known as the Dream Team, to be featured under a "Hire an expert" navigational tab on their site,…

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Advance Look: NYT's Top 10 Picture Books for 2014, and Goodread's It Book Search

The New York Times Book Review announced its list of the year's 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books, though they will not be featured in print until the November 19 issue. Their picks are: Draw!, written and illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster) Shackleton's Journey, written and illustrated by William Grill (Flying…

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George Bick has joined Regan Arts as sales director. A number of years ago he was svp, sales at HarperCollins, ReganBooks, and William Morrow. Juliana Horbachevsky has joined Abrams as publicist, primarily working on cookbooks and pop-culture titles. Previously she was a publicist at Gallery. Stefanie Hoffman will join Little, Brown Children's as…

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Vigliano to Sell Agency to Burkle-Backed AGI

The NY Post reports that literary agency David Vigliano is selling his company to Ron Burkle's Y Entertainment Group. Vigliano Associates will be integrated with Artists Group International to form AGI Vigliano Literary, with Vigliano running the literary group. (AGI describes itself as a "live entertainment agency that books an expansive roster of musicians,…

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