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People, Etc.

At HarperCollins Christian Books, Stephanie Newton has been promoted to marketing director, backlist, as part of an expanded focus on backlist titles at the company. Claire Ivett has been promoted to associate editor at Da Capo Lifelong Books. In Canada, Steve Osgoode has joined Joe Books as president. Previously he…

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James Patterson Launches New Children's Imprint

James Patterson will launch a new dedicated children's imprint, jimmy patterson, at longtime publisher Little, Brown, that will release eight to 12 middle-grade and young adult titles annually (4-6 of those titles will be Patterson's, with the other acquisitions to be overseen by him.) "We're not going to buy a…

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At ABA Annual Keynote, Teicher Points to "Impressive Resurgence" of Indie Bookselling

At the ABA's annual general meeting, ceo Oren Teicher called attention to independent bookstores' "impressive resurgence" and the association's expanding initiatives over the past twelve months. Teicher called attention to "significant investment in technology, especially for IndieCommerce"; an expansion of Winter Institute as well as the Children's Institute; the "successful…

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BEA, Day One: View From The Floor, Rooftop, Stage

There's a danger in ascribing a general mood to a trade show after a single day (never mind that publications do it all the time, and will do so in the future) but the words that come to my mind are "pleasantly discombobulating." The wifi was free and worked, for…

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Briefs: HarperCollins Adds Titles to Shazam; Sierra Club Closes Book Imprints; and More

HarperCollins will be the exclusive global book partner for the launch of music recognition app Shazam's new visual recognition functionality. (Other newspaper and magazine partners include Condé Nast, Esquire, Time and the Wall Street Journal.) Starting immediately whenever Shazam users wave their mobile phone over any HarperCollins book or promotional…

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People, Etc.

Chairman of Penguin Random House UK's distribution services Brian Davies will leave the company at the end of September after more than 22 years with the company. He will also step down from the PRH executive board. In a statement PRH International ceo Ian Hudson said: "Brian has been a…

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Kobo Extends ABA Partnership With eRead Local Program

Kobo is adding a new component to its existing partnership with the American Booksellers Association with the impending launch of eRead Local, set to launch later this summer (the exact timing is still TBA.) Participating ABA members will receive $5 USD per new Kobo customer acquired, and each new customer…

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Indigo Sales Improve Throughout Q4 and Full Year

Canada's dominant bookseller Indigo reported fiscal fourth quarter sales (for the period ending March 28, 2015). Sales nudged up marginally, at $186.2 million CA, while the net loss of $13.9 million was slightly lower than the net loss of $14.4 million a year ago. The revenue growth was "partly offset…

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BEA: Executives Talk Digital Integration at IDPF

A trio of executives took the stage at IDPF Wednesday morning to discuss the many ways in which digital initiatives have affected their work. Macmillan Higher Education & New Ventures ceo Ken Michaels spoke first about the STEM customer: "Reading today is about engaging, doing, interacting on different channels, in…

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People, Etc.; Kuyper Named New BISG Executive Director

The Book Industry Study Group has appointed Mark Kuyper, currently president and chief executive officer of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, as its newest executive director. Kuyper, who succeeds Len Vlahos, will start at BISG on June 15. "We were pleased to find an association veteran from within our industry…

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