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Rounding Out A Powerhouse of Keynoters

Two more additions have been announced to the best-ever line-up of keynote speakers to headline the sixth-annual Digital Book World. Data scientist in residence at tech venture capital firm Accel Partners Hilary Mason will speak on "Smart Data: A Look at Data—Big and Small—For Publishing," bringing an expert's perspective on using data to drive…

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Penguin Random House to Sponsor Next California Bookstore Day

After a successful launch, California Bookstore Day will return next year on May 2, 2015, with the help of a $15,000 sponsorship from Penguin Random House. The event is organized by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and the inaugural event had support from author James Patterson. Penguin Random House president…

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Grandinetti and Godin Join DBW 2015 Line-Up

Another two major headliners have joined the already-booked keynotes for our biggest-ever Digital Book World conference, set for January 13 through January 15, 2015 in New York (back at the lovely space in the New York Hilton). Amazon executive overseeing Kindle and other publishing-related ventures Russ Grandinetti will engage in…

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BEA Will Fill Two and A Half Weekdays, Followed By Separate BookCon Weekend

BEA show director Steve Rosato announced the first set of changes to the 2015 schedule to deal with the needs of the now clearly separate trade show and Book Con constituencies. For the trade, BEA will be held on weekdays only, avoiding the problem created this year by trying to…

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Beyond BEA, Digital Book World 2015 Announces First Keynotes

Looking a few big events down the road, our conference partners at Digital Book World have officially opened for registration the sixth annual conference, to be held January 13 – 15, 2015 in New York. Today's announcement includes some of conference's broad themes, as well as the first group of…

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BEA Planning

With Book Expo just a week away, we have updated our comprehensive, all-in-one-spreadsheet master schedule with still more author signings and event details. Use publun.ch/BEAschedPM to view it and simplify your convention planning. A variety of "special events" are marked in bold to help you find some of the more…

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Frankfurt Confirms Moving English-Language Publishers to Hall 6 in 2015

The Frankfurt Book Fair has confirmed in public what fair officials have been discussing privately (and thoroughly) with some of their biggest customers since the October 2013 show: The current English-language exhibition space, Hall 8, will be abandoned as of the 2015 fair, and those publishers will move into the…

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Fiction Leads Rebound in Pre-LBF Dealmaking

As promised on Friday, we now have complete comparison statistics on the pre-London Book Fair dealmaking. Overall deal volume in the five weeks prior to the international fair (through the Friday before the event) has continued its growth for the second year in a row. Deals with US print publishers…

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London Book Fair Dealmaking Preview

As usual, our deal reports continue to swell  in advance of next week's London Book Fair as primary deals are lined up and announced to spur further rights sales. We've already posted 191 deals since Monday, with more to come throughout the day. We will run our comprehensive evaluation of…

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People Etc.

Devin Kirk will join Macmillan on April 14 as vp, international sales and marketing, succeeding Judy Sisko, who is retiring next month after more than 46 years in publishing and 22 years at Macmillan. Kirk was previously senior director, international sales for Penguin Random House. At Penguin Random House, Kim…

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