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Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board "he would like to step down...before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests." A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.…

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Kirkus Prize Winners, and More Awards

The winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday evening at a private ceremony in Austin, TX. EUPHORIA by Lily King won the fiction prize (we featured it as a spring/summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Book). The nonfiction winner is CAN WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast, already…

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Oral Arguments For Apple's Appeal Set For December 15

After a period of quiet, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has set a December 15 date for oral arguments on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's 2013 ruling in the federal ebook antitrust trial. The settlement reached earlier this year between Apple and the plaintiff states and consumers hinges on how…

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Media and entertainment industry executive Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed as the first independent board member of Penguin Random House. Zalaznick currently publishes The LZ Sunday Paper, a newsletter about women in business, media, and culture, and previously held a variety of leadership positions during a 12-year career at NBCUniversal,…

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Tara Singh Carlson will formally move over to Putnam as senior editor. She will acquire hardcover titles for the Putnam list, while continuing to acquire trade paperback originals for Penguin, which will "predominantly" issue the paperbacks of her Putnam hardcovers as well. Joan Didion is the subject of a documentary film…

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Digital Startups Bought and/or Closed in 2014

With our story on the closing of Atavist Books, it's helpful to examine the larger picture of the digital publishing start-up space. In response to a reader query, here is a look at 2014 activity, which breaks into two categories: Companies acquired and/or closed in distress or decline, and those acquired…

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Atavist Books to Close At the End of the Year

Atavist Books, the digital-first book publishing joint venture founded and funded by IAC and film producer Scott Rudin, will shut down operations on December 31 and no longer publish new works. The software and media enterprise The Atavist will continue, however, and will take over Atavist Books' assets along with IAC --…

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Open Road announced a number of promotions in its marketing department. Allison Underwood has been promoted to director, digital marketing & analytics. Laura DeSilva has been promoted to senior marketing manager, while Amy Grillo moves up to senior merchandising manager. Jack Palmer has been promoted to marketing & analytics manager,…

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St. Martin's Press announced a number of promotions in its art department. Mike Storrings has been promoted to vp, creative director, while David Rotstein has been promoted to executive art director, with the additional title of creative art director for Minotaur. Finally, Olga Grlic has been promoted to executive art…

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McSweeney's Becomes a Nonprofit

San Francisco-based publisher McSweeney's announced it will go forward as a nonprofit organization, with the intent of obtaining 501(c)3 status next year. For now McSweeney's, founded in 1998, will run as a fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts, which runs the South of Market Cultural Center in San Francisco. In a telephone…

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