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People, Etc.: Sand Named Abrams Publisher; Hachette UK Merges Piatkus and C&R

Little, Brown executive editor Michael Sand will join Abrams as vp, publisher, adult trade as September 22. He has been at Little, Brown since 2006. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the announcement: "Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at…

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Perseus Retains Legato -- And Suchomel

Perseus ceo David Steinberger has addressed one of the questions raised when the sale of the company to Hachette and Ingram was cancelled: The recently-formed boutique distribution arm Legato Publishers Group, which Ingram said it would fold into PGW (with which it is already an "affiliate"), will remain as its…

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Pietsch Responds to Correspondents: "This dispute started because Amazon is seeking a lot more profit"

Hachette Book Group ceo has been writing back to those who emailed him at Amazon's prompting, and "intends to get to everyone over the next couple days," according to spokesperson Sophie Cottrell. He writes in part: "I appreciate that you care enough about books to take the time to write. …

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The "5-Year-Old" Talks Back: Amazon Posts for "Readers United"

Author Douglas Preston told the NY Times last Friday his conversations with Russ Grandinetti have been "like talking to a 5-year-old" -- and, as has been widely reported since, the company's latest response, this time to Preston's "Authors United" efforts, are posts aimed at "Readers United." The equivalent of "click here…

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Deal to Sell Perseus Is Cancelled

On Thursday afternoon, Perseus Books Group ceo David Steinberger told employees that the deal struck in late June to sell Perseus to HBG, with the Perseus Distribution lines to be immediately sold to Ingram, has fallen apart and been cancelled. "The planned transaction involving our company, Hachette and Ingram is…

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August Picks From Amazon and Costco

In Amazon's "best books of the month" list for August, Their spotlight pick is Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice, and their featured debut is Malcolm Brooks' Painted Horses, a PL Buzz Book selection. Two other fall/winter Buzz Books which you can start previewing now in our free ebook, by…

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David Mitchell Tops September Indie Next List

The Bone Clocks is the top selection of ABA booksellers for September. Their list also includes 5 of our Publishers Lunch Fall/Winter Buzz Books -- by Matthew Thomas, Jessie Burton, Katy Simpson Smith, Nayomi Munaweera, and Tana French -- Download our free sampler from any ebookstore (or from the Buzz…

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Closing the Book On Kindle Unlimited Bestsellers

As we have demonstrated pretty definitively over the past two weeks, the introduction of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service has shown their hourly Kindle "best seller" list -- and therefore the entire "sales rank" system -- to be a fiction of merchandising rather than a ranking of titles by actual,…

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Update re: Awkward Amazon Communications On Amazon/Hachette Business Interruption

As most of our readership has likely seen by now, on Tuesday afternoon the Amazon Books team put up another unsigned, closed to comment post (or what Barry Eisler would call a shameful "pointless, pernicious, promiscuous anonymity") on the Kindle Forum. The post is said to offer "specific information about Amazon's…

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Sales Slide At Harlequin, With Sale Now Expected Within Days

Harlequin's current parent company Torstar announced second quarter results on Wednesday morning, and the company said it now "anticipate[s] closing the transaction on or about August 1" to sell Harlequin to HarperCollins. They have "received the regulatory clearances and approvals required," and "while the transaction remains subject to certain customary…

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