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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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Rob Kirkpatrick will join Dey Street Books as senior editor on May 18. Previously he was senior editor at Thomas Dunne Books. Emily Cunningham will join Penguin Press as editor on June 9. Previously she was an editor at Harper. At Penguin Random House Children's sales group, Jacqueline Engel has…

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After under 3 years in the post, Follett ceo Mary Lee Schneider is departing, to be replaced by Ray Griffith. He spent 20 years at Ace Hardware, where he was president and ceo until April 2013. The company said, "The son of a public school teacher and grade school principal who began…

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Six Writers Drop Out As PEN Gala Hosts, Objecting to Charlie Hebdo Award

When PEN American Center hosts its annual gala on May 5, six of its planned author hosts will not be in attendance. On Friday, novelists Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi alerted the organization of their withdrawal from the gala over the decision…

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LAT Book Prize Winners Include Hustvedt, Luiselli, Rankine, & Hobbs

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in ten categories on Saturday night. They include: Fiction Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster) The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press) Current Interest Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic…

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KU for March: New High for the Pool But Almost A New Low Per Book

Earlier this week Amazon made their monthly announcement of how much money they would retroactively chose to share with self-published authors whose work was read via the Kindle Unlimited subscription program. The total pool allocated for March reached a new high, of $9.3 million. Borrows were robust as well, at approximately…

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Slaughter Moves to Harper In Global Deal, As Harper Adds Four More International Lines

HarperCollins officially announced from London on Tuesday morning a multi-territory four-book deal with bestselling author Karin Slaughter. The relationship begins with PRETTY GIRLS, now set for US publication in September, which Harper will publish in all countries in which it operates on their newly-expanded international platform -- except for the UK, Australia,…

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