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Simon & Schuster's North Star Way Division Promises Expanded Suite of Services

Simon & Schuster has launched North Star Way, a new publishing unit focused on practical nonfiction that the company says "will offer authors an expanded suite of profile-building, ancillary services that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional publishing." Bringing books to market starting in spring 2016, it is lead by vp, publisher Michele…

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Random House's ambassador to independent booksellers Ruth Liebmann "will expand her role to provide the same critical support to the Penguin Publishing Group with our independent booksellers as she does currently for the Random House divisions." She takes on the broader title of vp, account marketing, Penguin Random House (and she…

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Caldwell's The Fifth Gospel, A PL Buzz Book, Tops March Indie Next List

The preview version of the March Indie Next List has The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell as indie booksellers' No. 1 selection for the month. An exclusive pre-publication excerpt is available to read right now in our just-released Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer, if you have not downloaded your copy yet.…

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On Tuesday, the UK's Sky News reported that Pearson chairman Glen Moreno is "preparing to leave the company later this year" after 10 years there. Their sources say that Pearson has retained a headhunter to oversee the recruitment of a new chair. (It had been announced previously that Moreno will…

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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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Blinkbox Books, Bardowl to Shut Down

The week begins with the closing of two UK-based digital companies. Blinkbox Books, Tesco's ebook service, will cease operations by the end of February after failing to find a buyer. The company said, "We've learnt a lot since launching the service and whilst we saw encouraging levels of take up, we believe…

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In Italy, general manager of Mondadori's trade book division (as well as ceo of Einaudi, interim head of Mondadori publishing and chairman of Harlequin Mondadori) Riccardo Cavallero is leaving the company by the end of January. Last week, Mondadori Libri announced a number of new management appointments: CEO Ernesto Mauri is also…

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At Paper Lantern Lit, Tara Sonin has been promoted to marketing associate. Liz Button has joined the ABA's content team as a writer/researcher for Bookselling This Week, and Naya Moss is a new hire on the booksellers' association's technology team, providing general technological assistance to ABA staff. Author or co-author of 21…

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Amazon Launches Self-Published Textbook Creator, KDP EDU

Apple launched iBooks Author all the way back in early 2012, so the only surprise about Amazon's new self-published digital textbook platform, KDP EDU, is that it took so long. The public beta of Amazon's Kindle Textbook Creator tool allows educators to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.…

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DBW Author Survey: Whether Traditional or Indie Published, the Windfall is Low

In conjunction with last week's big Digital Book World Conference, DBW.com released their latest author survey in conjunction with Writers Digest, The Author-Publisher Relationship In a Changing Market, with analysis by Dana Beth Weinberg. This year's report takes a fresh approach, focusing on "different modes of publishing based on allocation of risk and distribution…

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