Karrie Witkin will join Abrams on October 21 in the newly created role of editorial director, Gift and Paper Products. Previously she was senior editor and publishing manager for Potter Style. In addition, Maya Bradford has been promoted to publicist, adult trade.
At Atria, Sarah Cantin has been promoted to editor.
Sulay Hernandez has left Other Press. She can be reached at SulayHernandez.Ed@gmail.com.
Random House Children's Books announced that RJ Palacio's WONDER has crossed the 1 million copy sales mark in North America.
PGW has added seven more clients to its distribution list, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Patagonia Press, Cool Tools Lab, Three Rooms Press, Four Elephants Press, Rangjung Yeshe Productions, and Goosebottom Books.
Indiana University Press titles will be distributed by Ingram Publishers Services as of October 28, 2013.
Italy's Feltrinelli Bookshops announced that they will start selling Kobo's ereading devices and tablets some time in October as their official devices, throughout their network of over 100 stores. Kobo launched in Italy over a year ago in partnership with Mondadori.
HarperCollins announced the winners of its digital developer contest BookSmash Challenge. The Grand Prize winner is Connections, an author and book discovery app in which readers can discover authors that share similar identities, experiences, locations and topics. Connections, which will receive $15,000, was developed by education startup Qlovi, with a team consisting of Stephen Ahn, Harlyn Pacheco and Ricardo Rodriguez. The runner-up prize of $8,000 was awarded to Readsenses, which recommends books based on the news users read, the articles they share, and the other web content they view online. Finally, BookSmash Explorer won the Popular Choice prize and will receive $2,000.