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LAT Book Prize Winners Include Hustvedt, Luiselli, Rankine, & Hobbs

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in ten categories on Saturday night. They include: Fiction Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster) The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press) Current Interest Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic…

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Scot Kuehm has joined Princeton University Press as associate director and chief financial officer. Previously he was cfo & coo at Oxford University Press. In addition, Colleen Boyle has been promoted to publicist. At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's: Cara Llewellyn has been promoted to associate art director; Opal Roengchai has been promoted to designer; Anne Hoppe…

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Awards: Indies Choice Winners, PEN Shortlists, and More

The winners of the Indies Choice Book Awards were announced Thursday afternoon: Adult Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) Adult Nonfiction: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan) Adult Debut: The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown) Young Adult: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly…

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KU for March: New High for the Pool But Almost A New Low Per Book

Earlier this week Amazon made their monthly announcement of how much money they would retroactively chose to share with self-published authors whose work was read via the Kindle Unlimited subscription program. The total pool allocated for March reached a new high, of $9.3 million. Borrows were robust as well, at approximately…

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Bookselling: Sales Fall Another 4 Percent at WHSmith; Looking Glass Books For Sale; and More

WHSmith reported interim half-year results (ending February 28) with sales at their High Street stores were down 5 percent, with same store sales also down 4 percent. Profits for that segment increased 2 percent (or £1m) to £50m, as "strong gross margin performance and costs were tightly controlled" saving costs…

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At Running Press, Jordana Tusman has been promoted to senior editor. After the London Book Fair wraps up today, there will be a memorial service in London tomorrow for former Random House UK deputy chairman Simon Master, who died in January. The service is at 11 at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, with a 12.15…

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Scribd Adds Penguin Random House...For Audio

Up until now Penguin Random House has not participated in any of the major ebook subscription offerings, but the publisher has a new exclusive with Scribd for audiobooks. [N.B.: Scribd described the deal as exclusive, but PRH noted after this ran "that Scribd is not the only retailer offering audiobooks on…

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Harper Likes $14.99

After we reported a week ago that Harper told a wide swath of ebook accounts that they would return to full agency for ebooks as of Tuesday morning Pacific time, the big question wasn't so much Amazon as pricing. In September 2012, when HarperCollins was the first settling publisher to…

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Wiley ceo Stephen Smith will retire on June 1 as a result of previously disclosed medical reasons (Smith was diagnosed with urological cancer.) Mark Allin, currently coo, will succeed Smith as ceo, earning a base annual salary of $750,000. Chairman Peter Wiley said in the announcement: "[Allin] has been instrumental…

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In London, Everything Old Is New Again

In a year of transitions for three of the world's major book fairs, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in a return to its historical home at the Olympia Exhibition Center. You can go home again, but usually by the time you do, someone has redecorated, and today LBF veterans…

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