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Recorded Books Is Sold to Another Private Equity Owner

Wasserstein & Co. has sold Recorded Books -- which incorporates their earlier purchases of HighBridge Audio and Tantor Media -- to LA-based private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors. Terms were not disclosed, though Wasserstein was thought to have paid approximately $25 million for Tantor Media at the beginning of this…

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Barnes & Noble Officially Splits

Barnes & Noble split itself into two separately, publicly-owned companies on Monday. Shares in the retail bookseller began trading at about 65 percent of the value of the previously combined operations, with a market cap of about $1.3 billion, while shares at Barnes & Noble Education dropped below their "when…

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International: PRH Australia Sells Bookworld to Booktopia; Harper Brasil, With Ediouro; Harlequin UK Layoffs From Harper Consolidation

Penguin Random House Australia has sold Bookworld, the online bookseller that operates two sites based on the former Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson assets, to their larger rival Booktopia. The sale is expected to increase Booktopia's sales from $54 million (AU) in 2014 to an estimated $90 million by the end of…

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August Amazon and iBooks Picks

There are many more lists to share: At Publishers Marketplace we're already listing our extensive view of notable releases due out in October, joining our titles to watch for September and August. Separately, Time magazine listed their top 10 books so far for 2015. On Amazon's best books of August, Infinite…

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People, Etc.

Obituaries Longtime Knopf editor, translator, and director of foreign rights Carol Brown Janeway, 71, died early Monday morning at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, two weeks after being diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Janeway joined Knopf in March 1970 and over 45 years at the publishing house she was, as Sonny Mehta noted in…

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Merger Negotiations, Italian Style

After a 10-hour meeting, the board of Italy's RCS Media Group provided a polite, positive but inconclusive step forward on Mondadori's bid to purchase RCS's book publishing division -- a process which began in February. The board "unanimously agreed to mandate the chief executive officer to proceed with the negotiations and the…

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People, Etc.

Kathleen Schmidt will join Running Press as vp, director of marketing and publicity on August 10, reporting to Kristen Kiser and working out of the company's Philadelphia offices. Previously director of publicity at Perseus's joint-venture line Weinstein Books, Schmidt will continue to handle corporate communications for the Perseus Books Group…

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New Monthly Bookseller Picks

Costco's Pennie's Pick for August is Paula McLain's just-published Circling the Sun. The book was also the ABA's August Indie Next No. 1 selection. Now the September Indie Next List is up, led by Bill Clegg's debut novel Did You Ever Have A Family. They add a belated selection for Ta-Nehisi Coates's already-published…

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Lagardere Reports Publishing Declines, Particularly For Hachette US

Lagardere reported first-half of the year results after the close of the market in France on Thursday. Sales at Lagardere Publishing were 547 million euros in the second quarter (up 37 million euros), down 3.4 percent on a like-for-like basis for the quarter but up 7.1 percent in actual results…

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Market Mulls Barnes & Noble Split

Barnes & Noble officially spins off Barnes & Noble Education as a separate, publicly-traded company next Monday, when we'll start to get a clearer view of how investors value the two distinct parts. The company itself declared BNED worth 38.7 percent of the whole -- since each BKS stockholder gets…

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