Allan Adler has been promoted to general counsel and vp, government affairs at the Association of American Publishers.
Peter Berkery, Jr. will serve as executive director of the Association of American University Presses, starting March 1, 2013. He has been vp and publisher for Oxford University Press's US Law Division for the past four years.
Longtime Crown editor and executive Charlie Conrad was laid off earlier this week, after 22 years at the company (first Bantam Doubleday Dell and then Random House Inc.). Spokesperson David Drake tells us "the change did not involve a broader reassignment of responsibilities or roles within the Crown trade publishing editorial team led by Molly Stern." Conrad's titles have been reassigned to other editors. He's looking for a new editorial position and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follett Corporation has named board member Mary Lee Schneider as president and ceo, effective November 26. She was president, digital solutions and chief technology officer at RR Donnelley, and has been on Follett's board for 11 years.
Forbes has named Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos as their businessperson of the year, featured on the magazine's cover. Hey normal, take that.
The Random House Foundation, Inc. announced the recipients of their first annual Random House Teacher Awards, providing monetary grants to schools in recognition of "dynamic and resourceful teachers, who use their creativity and experience to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students." The first place honoree is North Carolina early literacy specialist Mary Andrews, joined by Margo Nauert of Illinois and Lisa Muller of Indiana.
O'Reilly.com will sell ebook editions of more than 3,000 technology titles published by Wiley from nine imprints, including the Wrox, Sybex, and For Dummies brands. O'Reilly will sell DRM-free editions of these titles, with "guaranteed free ebook updates and lifetime access."