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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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People: Robinson Leads Authors Guild, and More

The Authors Guild has elected novelist Roxana Robinson as their new president, taking over from Scott Turow after four years of service. She is joined by Judy Blume, Richard Russo, and James Shapiro as co-vice presidents. CJ Lyons joined the Guild's executive Council. With her addition, the organization notes, "we…

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BEA Names This Year's Buzz Book Panels

Book Expo America announced the books that will featured at this year's convention on the three Buzz Books panels. The adult panel features two works of nonfiction this year, and three debuts (from Thomas, Burton and Walsh). Adult Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf) We Are Not Ourselves,…

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Briefs: WBN Adds Twelve Years A Slave, 100 Million Fifty Shades, and More

World Book Night announced that special editions of Solomon Northup's public domain book Twelve Years a Slave will be given free to schools for distribution as part of World Book Night on April 23. Executive director Carl Lennertz notes, "One third of our half million free books each year go…

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Another Successful Winter Institute

The ABA's 9th annual Winter Institute in Seattle last week once again drew a sellout crowd of more than 500 enthusiastic booksellers, with almost 40 percent of attendees -- and 60 bookstores -- present for the first time. Those independent booksellers had reason for optimism, as ceo Oren Teicher said…

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Successful Failure

Last week's Digital Book World conference did a lot to bridge the gap between start-ups from outside the publishing business and innovators within the industry, and one of the more inspiring presentations came from Sourcebooks ceo Dominique Raccah in one of the closing sessions. Her slides on Rethinking Failure: Finding The…

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Stock Expert Cramer Says Amazon Shares Are "Modern Art"

Later in the morning television host and author of the just-released Get Rich Carefully Jim Cramer provided an investment view of publishing and the larger media landscape. Extending the morning's discussion, he said, "I simply don't know how to stop Amazon. It's not constrained by the need to make money.…

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The "Bezosologists" At DBW

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reporter and author of The Everything Store Brad Stone opened Wednesday morning's Digital Book World sessions focused on Amazon. "In a way, this is a room full of Bezosologists; we all have to be." Stone spoke in particular to the company's vast ambition and persistence: "The one constant…

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