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Adrienne Szpyrka will join Running Press Kids as associate editor on July 11. Previously, she was editor at Sky Pony Press. At Macmillan, Jonathan Hollingsworth has been promoted to ebook channel associate director. Mark Irwin has joined Insight Editions as senior editor. Previously he was a trading card brand manager…

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Julie Stevenson will join Lippincott Massie & McQuilkin as an agent to expand her list of literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, YA and children's books. Previously she was an agent at Waxman Leavell and Sobel Weber Associates. She will divide her time between New York and her hometown of Missoula,…

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Briefs: Empresa's New Books Division; Amazon Updates Kindle; and More

Czech media conglomerate Empresa has launched a books division, Publishing Perspectives reports. The company released its first three titles this month and expects to publish 15 titles by the end of 2016. Empresa already owns an online bookstore which sells more than 170,000 titles by over 4,000 publishers. Amazon released…

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With the move of Thomas Dunne Books to a boutique imprint, TD Books vp, associate publisher Pete Wolverton becomes vp, executive editor at St. Martin's, reporting to Jennifer Enderlin. Laura Lee Mattingly has joined Present Perfect Dep't as a literary agent and partner to founder Kate Woodrow. Mattingly, previously senior…

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Nordstedts Sold to Storytel

Subscription audiobook and ebook streaming service Storytel has acquired Norstedts, Sweden's oldest publisher, for SEK 152 million (or 16.3 million euros.) Nordstedts has been owned by co-operative union and retail group KF since 1997; the 11-year-old Storytel adds Nordstedts to its expanding roster, having acquired Swedish publishers Massolit and B Wahlströms…

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Penguin Random House Sells Fodor's to Internet Brands

Penguin Random House will sell Fodor's Travel to Internet Brands, a Los Angeles-based online media and technology company that owns FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and deal is expected to close shortly. Fodor's will become part of Internet Brands' consumer Home/Travel group, though PRH, which…

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Patricia Hespanha has been appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil, responsible for the day-to-day management of operations, establishing strategic direction, and setting the editorial program for profitable business growth. Hespanha, who most recently served as executive director, infrastructure for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games, succeeds…

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Customers Will Finally Start Collecting On $400 Million in Consumer eBook Credits This Week

As we reported earlier this month, consumers who are eligible to receive part of the $400 million in compensation as part of Apple's ebook antitrust settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class will be disbursed beginning on Tuesday. Consumers who have accounts at the major book retailers,…

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Thomas Dunne Books Gets "Smaller And More Focused"

After 45 years at St. Martin's Press and 30 years running his own imprint, Thomas Dunne announced the imprint will become a "smaller and more focused group" consisting of executive editor Peter Joseph; associate editor Melanie Fried; and Dunne's assistant Cameron Jones. The restructured imprint will continue to acquire several…

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Liz Kossnar has been promoted to associate editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Jordan Hamessley has joined Insight Editions as senior editor, children's. She was previously editorial director for Adaptive Books. Sanford J. Greenburger Associates are now scouting for Shandong Jiabo. Poet, essayist, and novelist Michelle Cliff,…

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