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Katz to Retire from Harper Children's, Murphy to Take Over

President and publisher of Harper Children's Susan Katz "has decided to retire after an illustrious career of nearly 30 years with the company," ceo Brian Murray announced. Katz took over the children's division in 1996. Murray writes, "She has guided the division through one successful year after another, and has…

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Publishers Contribute $250 Million Worth of Free eBooks for Low-Income Students in New Federal Program

President Obama will announce later today two new steps in the ConnectED efforts. The Open eBooks initiative will make ebooks said to be worth over $250 million available for free to low-income students, through an ereader app developed by the New York Public Library. All of the five largest trade publishers…

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Trade Sales Stable In January As eBooks Drop to Lowest Point In Years

The AAP reported StatShot figures for January 2015, putting overall trade sales of $495.5 million flat compared to a year ago, with adult sales up a couple of million dollars and children's/YA sales down a couple of million. In adult sales, trade paperbacks were the notable gainer, up $11.5 million to $122.7 million, while…

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People: Kiser Becomes Running Press Publisher, And More

Kristin Kiser will join Running Press on May 20 as vp and publisher. Most recently, she was vp and deputy publisher at Rodale Books. Kiser will report to Perseus Books Group group publisher Susan Weinberg. She fills the role that was vacated in October 2014. Perseus CEO David Steinberger says in the announcement:…

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People: Dlouhy Leads Eponymous Imprint at Atheneum

Atheneum editorial director Caitlyn Dlouhy will start an an eponymous imprint, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, scheduled to begin publishing in spring 2016. With the new title of editorial director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, she will continue to report to publisher Justin Chanda. The new line will publish approximately 20 books a year, ranging from…

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At Apple, App Store Grows and iPad Sales Decline

Apple reported fiscal second quarter sales after the close of the market on Tuesday, with strong iPhone sales and a rapidly expanding customer base in China continuing to drive the company to excellent results. iPad sales continued their decline, moving 12.6 million units -- compared to 16.3 million units a…

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Legal Briefs: Testing Self-Publishing Liability, and More

A couple whose picture was used without permission on the cover of the self-published novel A Gronking to Remember by Lacey Noonan has filed a suit that may further illuminate the extent to which the Communications Decency Act of 1996 shields ebooksellers that run their own self-publishing platforms. The plaintiffs…

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Briefs

Carole DeSanti has been promoted to vp, executive editor at Viking/Penguin, returning full-time to acquisitions from the editor-at-large position she has held for the past several years. Distribution Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing will be distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books as of January 1, 2016, moving from current distributor…

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Wimpy Kid: Old School Gets 16-Country Launch In November

The title and cover of Jeff Kinney's fall release DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Old School was revealed at Symphony Space in New York Monday morning during a live webcast. The book goes on sale November 3 and follows Greg Heffley "as he goes on a weeklong field trip to a farm and deals with…

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Houghton to Buy Scholastic's Education Technology Business for $575 Million

Scholastic announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Educational Technology and Services business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company for $575 million in cash. Scholastic expects to have net proceeds of $360 million to $370 million after taxes, fees and expenses. The business unit they are selling had sales of…

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