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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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Jeff James will join Thomas Nelson as vp, marketing for Nelson Books on June 29. Previously he was the founder and ceo of Mythology, a marketing consulting practice for Fortune 500 firms. Steven Sussman will join Skyhorse as director of sales on June 29. Previously he was director of sales…

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Kim Shannon has been promoted to vp, director, retail sales at Penguin Random House. Awards The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Tanya Landman for Buffalo Soldier, while the Greenaway Medal was given to William Grill for Shackleton's Journey, which he wrote and illustrated. Grill is the youngest prize winner (at…

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Amazon Changes Kindle Unlimited Payments to Cover Pages Read Rather Than Titles Downloaded

Just a year after launching, Amazon told KDP authors on Monday that as of July they will completely change the payment formula for the monthly pool of funds distributed to authors whose works are borrowed through Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners Lending Library. Going forward the fund will be "paid…

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Police Investigating Purported Theft of Finished Copy of EL James' GREY

UK police are looking into the theft of a printed copy of EL James's new novel GREY, which will be published June 18 by Vintage in the US and Arrow in the UK. "We can confirm that the Kent police are investigating the theft of a finished copy of EL James's new…

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NY Post Questions Details of Primates of Park Avenue

On Sunday the New York Post challenged a number of elements in Wednesday Martin's recently-released Primates of Park Avenue, uncovering facts about her personal life that conflict with some of the anecdotes offered in her book. They question stories from an account of interview with her Upper East Side co-op board…

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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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Former publisher at Atavist Books and Picador Frances Coady will join Aragi Inc. as a literary agent on May 28, representing both fiction and nonfiction. Fuse Literary has acquired Penumbra Literary and added its principal and owner, Jennifer Chen Tran as an associate agent. At independent publisher Sarabande Books' Brooklyn office, Kristen Radtke has been promoted to…

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Owner of Houston independent mystery bookshop Murder By the Book McKenna Jordan will join Minotaur Books as a dedicated outside publishing consultant to the imprint, a newly created role. Jordan will report to associate publisher Kelley Ragland, who will help Jordan make "her unique and successful experience in the positioning,…

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Kindle Unlimited Pool Grows But Per Book Fee Stays In Range

Amazon provided their monthly discretionary boost to the KDP fund that tells self-published authors -- retroactively -- how much they will be paid for ebooks borrowed through Kindle Unlimited. For April accounting, the pool totals $9.8 million, the highest monthly amount yet. But the fee per book borrowed through KU…

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