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New Devices from Nook/Samsung and Kobo

Following Samsung's release of the Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet, as expected Barnes & Noble has announced their parallel release of a Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK version. As with earlier co-branded tablets, Nook's $400 device includes an offer for free ebooks and magazines, and in-store at BN stores. Earlier in the week, Kobo announced…

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McGraw-Hill Education Said to Hire Underwriters for End-of-Year IPO

Consistent with reports from this spring -- and rumors from 2014 -- McGraw-Hill Education's private equity owners Apollo Global Management look to be moving ahead with plans for an IPO. "People familiar with the matter" tell Reuters the company has hired Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley as lead underwriters and "expects…

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People, Etc.

The National Book Award will present their medal for distinguished contribution to American letters to Don DeLillo at the annual awards ceremony on November 18. NBF executive director Harold Augenbraum says, "Don DeLillo is unquestionably one of the greatest novelists of his generation. He has had an enormous influence on the two generations…

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A New Approach for iBooks' Monthly Picks

With their Best Books of September list, Apple's iBooks Store brings a new format to their monthly selections, picking five books each from "five popular categories": fiction; mysteries/thrillers; nonfiction; YA; and romance. Their titles for the month are: Purity, Jonathan Franzen Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins After You, Jojo…

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Then There Were Five (Or More): Penguin Random House Returns to Agency

The one significant factor in Penguin Random House's US performance not mentioned in yesterday's half-year report from Bertelsmann was the artificial boost to ebook sales while the house stood alone since mid-April as the only big trade publisher that still allowed significantly discounting on their ebook prices. (Harper returned to full…

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People, Etc.

Annie Mazes has joined Workman as adult library marketing manager for Workman Publishing. She had worked in library marketing at HarperCollins. At the Penguin Publishing Group, Lily Rudd has been promoted to the new position of manager, business development. Jeff Dean will join Harvard University Press on September 14 as executive editor…

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Trade Sales Fall In May

The AAP reported May sales from their approximately 1,200 reporting publishers, with a soft April giving way to across the board declines. Adult sales of $364 million were down $19 million (or 5 percent), with adult hardcover sales falling $23 million (or 17 percent) to $110 million for the month. Children's and…

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Hachette Book Group Consolidates Full US Distribution of Hachette UK

In a logical if perhaps overdue more, Hachette Book Group has announced that as of January 2016 they will handle full sales and distribution for Hachette UK titles in the United States. HBG has represented some Hachette UK lines -- such as Octopus Books -- for many years, and recently added…

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Amazon's September Picks

Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies (which you can preview now, ahead of publication, in our free ebook Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2015: Fall/Winter, along with Mary Karr's memoir) is Amazon's spotlight pick for September, and Alexandra Kleeman's You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine is their featured debut. The rest of…

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People

At the American Booksellers Association, Gen de Botton has joined the organization in the new position of program and development coordinator, supporting all publisher-related programs and initiatives. She worked at Borders and then the children’s bookstore Little Joe’s in Katonah, NY. Additionally, Teresa Pereira Neufeld has joined ABA as a part-time graphic designer. Emi Battaglia has…

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