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People: Applebaum Takes Emeritus Role at PRH, and More

At Penguin Random House, now entering his forty-third year with the company, Stuart Applebaum will step aside from his current role and took on a position "that is as unique as he is," ceo Markus Dohle writes: Emeritus evp, corporate communications. Claire von Schilling is being promoted to svp, director,…

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Kobo Confirms October 1 Launch of Waterproof eReader

Kobo went poolside to unveil their newest ereading device, the Kobo Aura H20, which will go on sale for $179 on October 1 in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. Kobo president Michael Tamblyn says in the release: "When we asked our customers what held them…

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Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement. Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after…

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People, Etc.

Jandra Sutton has left Turner Publishing, where she was the head of marketing, to pursue freelance work in marketing, social media strategy, and publicity. She can be reached at contact@jandralee.com. The James Tait Black Prizes have been awarded to Jim Crace for his novel HARVEST and to Hermoine Lee for…

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People: Adjustments At Simon Pulse, and More

The Simon Pulse imprint has announced a new structure to "maximize the amazing potential of Pulse and continue to support the success of Aladdin." Liesa Abrams is being promoted to vp, editorial director of Pulse and associate editorial director of Aladdin. But "as a result of this reorganization," Simon Pulse editorial director Patrick Price…

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Acknowledging Big Drop in Amazon Sales, Ellora's Cave Cuts Staff, Expenses

Romance publisher Ellora's Cave sent a letter to authors -- originally picked up by Absolute Write, then republished by Dear Author after the post was taken down -- explaining recent cuts that laid off nearly all of its freelance editors and reduced the headcount to three full-time editors. The publisher…

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People, Etc.

Rick Horgan will join Scribner on August 25 as executive editor, where he will acquire and edit nonfiction, including politics, sports, current events, biographies, business, memoir, and thought leader books, as well as commercial fiction. Horgan was most recently vp, executive editor at the Crown Publishing Group, where he spent…

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The Barnes & Noble Samsung $179 Tablet Finally Arrives

Barnes & Noble's newest tablet, saddled with the mouthful of a name Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK because of the company's partnership with Samsung, officially launched at a presentation held at BN's Union Square store Wednesday morning. The 7-inch tablet, which retails at $179 (after a $20 instant rebate) and…

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Hachette UK Creates New International Sales Group

Hachette UK announced the formation of a new international sales group division, to be overseen by Ben Wright, who will join the company in October as international sales director, responsible for international sales of titles published by the Hachette UK group of publishers, as well as titles published by HBG…

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People, Etc.: Sand Named Abrams Publisher; Hachette UK Merges Piatkus and C&R

Little, Brown executive editor Michael Sand will join Abrams as vp, publisher, adult trade as September 22. He has been at Little, Brown since 2006. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the announcement: "Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at…

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