People, Etc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Bridgett Paradise as svp of human resources and chief people officer, reporting directly to CEO Linda Zecher. Her role "will encompass human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits. Paradise has been at Microsoft, most recently in the position of general manager, human resources for the worldwide services division.

Abigail Naqvi has joined Bloomsbury as the new head of academic marketing for the Americas. Previously she was marketing manager at Palgrave Macmillan.

At HarperCollins, Susan Yeager has been promoted to director of sales, mass merch.

At Knopf Children's, Allison Wortche has been promoted to senior editor while Katherine Harrison moves up to associate editor.

Erik Platt has joined Verso Advertising as an account executive. Previously he was a literary scout at Linda Clark Associates.

Author Eileen Goudge is working with INscribe Digital for independent digital publication of her next mystery, Bones and Roses, on sale August 5. (A substantial portion of her backlist is currently available in ebook form through Open Road.)

As Batman gives way to renewed sales for Fifty Shades of Grey (following release of the movie trailer), the outsized effect of Kindle Unlimited on the Amazon Kindle hourly bestseller list continues to ebb a bit. Our tracking sees self-published authors not included in KU claiming more slots again, and KU books taking 37 slots:

Top 100 Distribution Friday Morning
14 Amazon Publishing titles
11 Traditional publisher titles that are included in Kindle Unlimited
12 KDP Select/KU titles

18 Non-exclusive self-published titles (not included in Kindle Unlimited)