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Writers Seeks Class Action Status In Author Solutions Suit

After a near two-year odyssey of complaints, documents, motions to dismiss, and plaintiff changes, the lawsuit seeking class action status against Author Solutions alleging multiple breaches completed discovery on January 22 and is moving to the next stage. A February 26 filing in New York's Southern District Court by Kelvin James, Jodi Foster, and…

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People, Etc.

Julia Pastore will join Harper One as executive editor on March 2. She has been executive editor at Demos Health, prior to which she was senior editor at Crown Archetype. Michele Cobb has joined the Audio Publishers Association as executive director. She currently owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, sales,…

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Almost Expired: Our PM Discount Code

That special discount code for new PublishersMarketplace.com subscribers we introduced on Groundhog Day officially expires at the end of the February -- so if you are interested, this is your last chance. As a reminder, here's how it works: When you use the code 2015, you'll get your first month's worth…

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Bookselling: Borderlands Sustained By Members; Positive Outlook Post-Winter Institute

Borderlands Books in San Francisco, which announced last month it was set to close as a result of the city's new law mandating minimum wage increases, will stay open thanks to a membership drive. Not only did the store reach its goal of 300 subscribers contributing at least $100 to…

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Pearson "Completed Our Intense Two Year Restructuring"; Names PRH's Williams CFO

Pearson announced preliminary annual results Friday morning, with sales of £4.874 billion down 4 percent (but up 2 percent on a constant-exchange-rate basis) and higher operating profit of £720 million -- with lower restructuring charges but a higher tax rate, leaving  earnings down to 66.7 pence per share, compared to 70.1…

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Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian Tops April Indie Next List

The preview version of the April Indie Next List has Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian as indie booksellers' No. 1 selection for the month. The list also includes World Gone By by Dennis Lehane; A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley; The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and The Children's Crusade…

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People, Etc.

Benjamin Lee will join Putnam and Dutton as vp, associate publisher of paperbacks, as both imprints will launch their own in-house paperback lines beginning January 2016. Lee was previously vp, associate publisher at Atria. At St. Martin's, Monique Patterson has been promoted to editorial director of romance while also continuing as executive…

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Trade Rebounds In Houghton's Fourth Quarter

Helped by publication of bestselling What If, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's modest trade division saw sales rise in the fourth quarter to $48 million, up $2 million from a year ago, as the unit recorded a small net gain for the period ($500,000), compared to a small net loss a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA…

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Barnes & Noble to Spin Off College Business As Separate, Public Company

Barnes & Noble filed a registration statement with the SEC to separate BN College into a separate, publicly-traded company, which will operate as Barnes & Noble Education Inc. They say "the separation is intended to be a tax-free distribution to Barnes & Noble shareholders and is anticipated to be completed by…

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Internship Lawsuits Come to Book Publishing, Against Simon & Schuster

The spate of lawsuits against entertainment and media companies alleging unfair labor practices with respect to interns paid less than minimum wage has arrived in book publishing: The same law firms that recently filed suit against CBS (among others) brought a new suit against the company's publishing division Simon &…

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