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Rosetta Books announced multiple promotions: Nav Khalsa has been appointed digital marketing director; Greg Freed is production and distribution director; Michelle Weyenberg has been named digital marketing and promotions manager; Hannah Bennett is now production manager; and Peter Clark is production manager.

Also, the head of Rosetta's UK office Jonathan Ward will relocate to Beijing in January, where his duties will include supervising a new, exclusive partnership with the China National Publications Import and Export Group to distribute their english-language ebooks catalog to libraries, schools, and other institutional accounts in China. Rosetta ceo Arthur Klebanoff notes that "The market in China for prominent titles in English is one of the most exciting digital markets in the world. The Chinese eBook market today is 90 percent institutional." Ward will continue to lead Rosetta's international title acquisitions, still with a focus on the UK and EU.

Romance writer Janet Dailey, 69, died last weekend in Branson, MO, following her recovery from emergency heart surgery in November. She is the author of more than 90 novels, most recently Merry Christmas, Cowboy. Her agent -- as well as backlist publisher via eReads -- Richard Curtis writes online that she "was a trailblazing romance author who matured into a serious chronicler of western history, emphasizing love of the land and the passionate men and women who forged the American west." As Reuters notes, her prolific career "hit a rough spot in 1997 when she was sued for copyright infringement by another best-selling author, Nora Roberts," which was settled out of court. "Dailey apologized, saying the plagiarism occurred when her husband was undergoing cancer surgery and she was under immense stress."

The digital book subscription service formerly known as eReatah has rebranded as Entitle for the company's public launch. As previously announced, the service allows members to read two books a month for $14.99, three books a month for $21.99 and four books a month for $27.99. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins are among the publishers offering select titles with the service.