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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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Gallery Announces Literary Scout Press, and More

Gallery formally acknowledged their new literary imprint Scout Press on Monday, as promotion continues to build for one of their titles, literary agent Bill Clegg's first novel (and third book), Did You Ever Have A Family?. Set for publication September 15 (with published metadata for some time, and rights sold in…

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KU Payouts Increase Again

The monthly pool of money allocated retroactively to self-published authors whose work is offered through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription plan rose again for December -- both in the closely-watched per book payout, which was $1.43 per borrow/read, and in overall dollars, with Amazon allocating a $4.25 million "bonus," making the…

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People, Etc.

Jessica Preeg has rejoined St. Martin's as senior publicist. In addition, Christy D'Agostini has been promoted to publicity manager. At Knopf Books for Young Readers, Stephen Brown has been promoted to assistant editor. Alexander Czik has joined Crown as a data marketing analyst. Previously he was an analyst at DigitasLBi,…

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People, Etc.: Franzen Interview to Open BEA

Book Expo America's opening event will feature author Jonathan Franzen interviewed by Salon book critic Laura Miller, on May 27 at 12 PM (an hour before the show floor opens; this year the trade exhibition runs for two and a half days). This will be Franzen's first event to discuss his new…

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Briefs: Saramago Estate to Wylie; THE HUSBAND'S SECRET in Paperback; and More

Once again, a prominent literary estate has switched representation to The Wylie Agency. The estate of Jose Saramago announced the change as of December 30, 2014, saying "this shift to a larger literary agency emerges as a natural step to ensure greater presence" of Saramago's work. They briefly thanked Nicole…

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FSG, Heinemann To Publish Houellebecq's SUBMISSION In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Wednesday morning's attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead, including four cartoonists and the economist and author Bernard Maris, took place on the French publication date of Michel Houellebecq's new novel SUBMISSION, already subject to controversy for its depiction of France under Islamic…

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Briefs

Following Macmillan ceo John Sargent's indication that they will, with some reluctance, "test subscription in the coming weeks," Oyster announced that their collection now includes over 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury. Harper UK has disclosed their annual results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Sales fell to £179 million, down…

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Dunham's Book to Clarify Alleged Rapist Is A Pseudonym

Lena Dunham's debut book NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL continues to generate headlines on controversial topics. Random House announced it will alter future editions of the book to indicate that "Barry," the name of a fellow Oberlin student alleged to have sexually assaulted Dunham, is a pseudonym. "We have put…

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Bestselling Author H.M. Ward Says "KU Crushed My Sales," and More Things Kindle

Amazon's real-time experiment with the livelihoods they have provided to their exclusive self-published KDP authors through Kindle Unlimited (KU) continues to draw concern on online forums. The most recent scrutiny stems from a post by bestselling author Holly (H.M.) Ward on Kindle Boards from the Friday after Thanksgiving, which continues to…

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