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The Super Seuss Business

The Wall Street Journal writes in-depth on the Dr. Seuss franchise, so much a staple of Penguin Random House that it was cited a number of times in the company's financial report earlier on Friday. The peg is the September 9 publication of a second collection of "lost" magazine work,…

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A Tepid Second Quarter for Books-A-Million

Books-A-Million said sales for the second quarter ending August 2 more or less stayed flat, dipping 0.5 percent to $108.3 million. Same-store sales inched up a mere 0.1 percent, while their net loss of $3 million, or 21 cents per share was a considerable improvement on the $9.1 million net…

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People, Etc.

Books-A-Million has hired James Phelps as vp of eCommerce, responsible for "executing the vision, branding, merchandising and marketing strategy for Booksamillion.com." Phelps has worked for retailers including HSN, Kohl’s, and Brookstone. At Red Wheel/Weiser Books and Conari Press, Kim Ehart has been promoted to assistant editor, while Michael Alexander has been promoted to production…

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People: Applebaum Takes Emeritus Role at PRH, and More

At Penguin Random House, now entering his forty-third year with the company, Stuart Applebaum will step aside from his current role and took on a position "that is as unique as he is," ceo Markus Dohle writes: Emeritus evp, corporate communications. Claire von Schilling is being promoted to svp, director,…

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Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement. Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after…

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People, Etc.

Jandra Sutton has left Turner Publishing, where she was the head of marketing, to pursue freelance work in marketing, social media strategy, and publicity. She can be reached at contact@jandralee.com. The James Tait Black Prizes have been awarded to Jim Crace for his novel HARVEST and to Hermoine Lee for…

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People: Adjustments At Simon Pulse, and More

The Simon Pulse imprint has announced a new structure to "maximize the amazing potential of Pulse and continue to support the success of Aladdin." Liesa Abrams is being promoted to vp, editorial director of Pulse and associate editorial director of Aladdin. But "as a result of this reorganization," Simon Pulse editorial director Patrick Price…

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Acknowledging Big Drop in Amazon Sales, Ellora's Cave Cuts Staff, Expenses

Romance publisher Ellora's Cave sent a letter to authors -- originally picked up by Absolute Write, then republished by Dear Author after the post was taken down -- explaining recent cuts that laid off nearly all of its freelance editors and reduced the headcount to three full-time editors. The publisher…

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People, Etc.

Rick Horgan will join Scribner on August 25 as executive editor, where he will acquire and edit nonfiction, including politics, sports, current events, biographies, business, memoir, and thought leader books, as well as commercial fiction. Horgan was most recently vp, executive editor at the Crown Publishing Group, where he spent…

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The Barnes & Noble Samsung $179 Tablet Finally Arrives

Barnes & Noble's newest tablet, saddled with the mouthful of a name Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK because of the company's partnership with Samsung, officially launched at a presentation held at BN's Union Square store Wednesday morning. The 7-inch tablet, which retails at $179 (after a $20 instant rebate) and…

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