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People, Etc.

At Basic Books, TJ Kelleher has been promoted to vp, editorial director, sciences. In addition, Dan Gerstle has been promoted to editor and Leah Stecher moves up to assistant editor. At FSG, Emily Bell has been promoted to editor, while Christopher Richards has been promoted to associate editor. Penguin Random…

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Simon & Schuster's Year-End Letter

Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy wrote to employees on Friday afternoon with her holiday wishes following "another successful year in which we enjoyed outstanding publishing across the board, in every category and from all our publishing imprints and divisions." Much of the letter is a highlights reel, with one…

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More Year-End Items

The Guardian has their annual feature in which they survey top UK editors, asking about their "books that deserved to do better" and the books they wish they had published. Or rather, they survey 11 men and 2 women -- so Virago associate publisher Ursula Doyle has mobilized a broader…

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Briefs

Following Macmillan ceo John Sargent's indication that they will, with some reluctance, "test subscription in the coming weeks," Oyster announced that their collection now includes over 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury. Harper UK has disclosed their annual results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Sales fell to £179 million, down…

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Macmillan Resumes Agency, Will Test Subscriptions

Macmillan ceo John Sargent told authors, illustrators and agents in a letter that the company reached their own multiyear deal with Amazon "late last week" for both print books and ebooks, starting January 5, restoring a fuller agency model for ebooks. That agreement comes as Macmillan's consent decree with the government…

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Filling Out the Main Stage

We continue to confirm a few final speakers for next months' Digital Book World, including Penguin Random House Children's president and publisher Barbara Marcus and Nielsen Book president Jonathan Nowell joining us at the opening day's Publishers Launch Kids show. Notably, filling the last main stage keynote slot is Apple's…

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Dohle Looks to Year Ahead

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle's year-end "thank you" letter to employees focuses more on what's coming than what happened -- aggregating "some of the successes that we've been able to achieve together publishing" in a separate highlights video. Dohle congratulates employees on "making sure we have hit every one of…

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Best of 2014 From NYT Critics Kakutani, Maslin, Garner

The New York Times' daily critics Michiko Kakutani, Janet Maslin, and Dwight Garner each chose their 10 favorite books of 2014. As usual, there is little intersection between these 30 titles and the NYT Book Review's official "10 Best" list. Also as is often the case, Kakutani picks are the…

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School Book Clubs Help Lift Second Quarter Sales At Scholastic

Scholastic reported second quarter sales of $666 million, up 7 percent (or $43 million) from a year ago, "largely driven by strong sales in children's books, especially in the company's school-based distribution channels, and continued growth in classroom books and magazines." All of the growth and more came from the…

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People

Kara Sargent will join Little, Brown Children's as executive editorial director, Brand, Licensed, and Media Tie-in Publishing on January 5th. Previously she was editorial director at Simon & Schuster Children's, overseeing Simon Spotlight. Group director of domestic rights at HarperCollins Bob Spizer will leave the company at the end of January…

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