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Lagardere Reports Publishing Declines, Particularly For Hachette US

Lagardere reported first-half of the year results after the close of the market in France on Thursday. Sales at Lagardere Publishing were 547 million euros in the second quarter (up 37 million euros), down 3.4 percent on a like-for-like basis for the quarter but up 7.1 percent in actual results…

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At Simon & Schuster, Sarah Reidy has been promoted to associate director of publicity. Princeton University Press announced a number of promotions. Eric Henney has been promoted to associate editor, physical and earth sciences, while Ryan Mulligan moves up to assistant editor. Shaquona Crews has been appointed director of contracts,…

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Martha Millard is joining Sterling Lord Literistic in August after more than 35 years running her own agency, the Martha Millard Literary Agency. Her clients include notable science fiction writers William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, Allen Steele, Elizabeth Hand, Marc Weissbluth M.D., Diane Simone Vezza, Julia Scully, and Ian McDonald. In…

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Blackboard Owners Hire Bankers to Sell Company

Software company Blackboard, a staple of high school and college classrooms, is exploring a sale, hoping for a valuation of up to $3.4 billion, Reuters reports. According to "people familiar with the matter" Blackboard's majority owner Providence Equity Partners has hired Deutsche Bank and Bank of America to run an auction and…

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Five Americans On Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the Booker Prize was announced Wednesday morning, including titles by five American authors -- A LITTLE LIFE (Doubleday/Picador) by Hanya Yanagihara, A SPOONFUL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler (Knopf/Chatto & Windus), LILA by Marilynne Robinson (FSG/Virago), THE MOOR'S ACCOUNT by Laila Lalami (Pantheon/Periscope) -- as well as agent Bill…

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Ann Rule, 84, author of more than 35 bestselling true crime books including The Stranger Beside Me and Small Sacrifices, died July 26 in Seattle from heart failure. Simon & Schuster president & ceo Carolyn Reidy said in a statement: "By deciding to focus her books on the victim, Ann…

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Kaplan ceo Thomas Leppert has resigned, effective August 21, and will be replaced by Andrew Rosen, chairman of Kaplan and evp of its owner Graham Holdings Company. Lepper joined Kaplan in 2013 and "led the expansion of Kaplan's highly successful international business and a turnaround at Kaplan Test Prep." Chairman of the parent company…

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Amazon Stock Soars On Second Quarter Profit

Amazon reported second quarter results after the close of the market Thursday afternoon. Total sales grew 20 percent to $23.18 billion, while operating income was $464 million (compared to a loss of $15 million a year ago) and net profits were $92 million (compared to last year's net loss of $126 million).…

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Jennifer M. Brown will join Random House Children's Books on August 24 as vp, publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers, reporting to Barbara Marcus. Brown, who will "oversee the direction and lead the long-range and daily activities" at the imprint, spent the past eight years as children's editor for Shelf…

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Corporate: Scholastic Ends Year on a Flat Note; Bloomsbury Update

Scholastic reported fourth-quarter and full-year results on Thursday morning. With the recent quarter dominated by their by big EdTech sale to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, sales from continuing operations were marginally below flat at $488 million, with operating income down 12 percent to $33.5 million (attributed primarily to foreign exchange impact…

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