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Filling Out the Main Stage

We continue to confirm a few final speakers for next months' Digital Book World, including Penguin Random House Children's president and publisher Barbara Marcus and Nielsen Book president Jonathan Nowell joining us at the opening day's Publishers Launch Kids show. Notably, filling the last main stage keynote slot is Apple's…

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More Speakers, Last Day for Early Pricing for Digital Book World

We're continuing to fill a few more great speakers for our January shows, with top executives Barbara Marcus at Penguin Random House Children's and Jonathan Nowell at Nielsen joining the roster for Publishers Launch Kids on January 13, and a highly notable keynoter joining us on the main stage at Digital…

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People, Etc.

Founder and former ceo of Quercus Mark Smith will join Bonnier Publishing as ceo of fiction, for both adult and children's books. His company Zaffre Publishing is being absorbed into the group, for "an undisclosed fee." The Zaffre business will be expanded, focusing on women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror and fiction…

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The Biggest DBW Yet

My Publishers Launch Conferences partner Mike Shatzkin, who serves as program chair of the Digital Book World Conference, has his own long overview of the thinking behind the dozens of panels and keynotes scheduled for the January event. Everyone involved works hard to make the event better each year, and…

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People, Etc.

Suzanne Donahue will leave Simon & Schuster, where she is vp, associate publisher, on December 27. She had held that position for the past two years, and before then was associate publisher at Free Press from 1997 through 2012. S&S publisher Jonathan Karp said in a statement: "In the past two years,…

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DBW Conference Gets Closer

We're filling in the last couple of session slots for January's big Digital Book World Conference on January 14 and 15, and the newest entry on the schedule is a panel exploring "Can Amazon Be Constrained, and Should They Be?" Ken Auletta of the New Yorker will moderate the session,…

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Where the Kids Are Going

We have added more speakers to the roster for our fourth annual Launch Kids Conference on January 13 -- which kicks off what will be our biggest Digital Book World Conference + Expo yet, already breaking pre-registration records. The biggest trade conference focused on the children's and YA market --…

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Launch Kids and DBW

Friday we recapped the amazing line-up of keynotes and speakers set for Digital Book World on January 14 and 15, but DBW actually kicks off on the January 13 with our fourth annual Publishers Launch Kids conference. The biggest gathering in children's publishing to look at the business opportunities in…

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Another Chance

As we have noted before, our sixth annual Digital Book World Conference already features our best programming line-up ever, with an amazing group of timely keynotes that includes: Russ Grandinetti at Amazon in conversation with Mike Shatzkin and Michael Cader; Harper ceo Brian Murray; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ceo Linda Zecher; serial…

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Strong Final Week Puts Pre-Frankfurt Dealmaking Up 12 Percent

With a very strong week of deal reports, our updated counts of pre-Frankfurt dealmaking activity now show 2014 surpassing what was a strong 2013 by a good margin. For October 1 through October 7 we logged 192 US deals, compared to 118 in the same period a year ago. So…

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