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People: Peter Wiley to Retire from Board Chair

John Wiley chairman Peter Booth Wiley announced that he intends to retire from that position as of September 2015, when his term expires, though he will maintain his board seat. Current director and former group president at Pitney Bowes Matthew Kissner has been nominated to take over as chair. Peter…

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Bookselling: New Locations for Anderson's, Third Place Books, HugoBooks; Final Patterson Pledges to 81 Bookstores

Anderson's Bookshop will open its third location in La Grange, IL in April, the Chicago Tribune reports, after signing a lease on December 5 for the former PNC Bank at La Grange Road and Calendar Avenue. "It's the perfect place with a vibrant, established downtown area with lots of independent…

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Briefs: Quick Publication of Torture Report, and Pop-Up Holiday Stores

Public Affairs told Time magazine last week that they had tried to work with the Senate Intelligence Committee to coordinate a trade book version of their 500-page summary version of their torture report, but the committee said it was "devoting its attention to getting the executive summary released." Now that…

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Retailers and Book Prices

Jeff Bezos said a lot of the expected things at the Ignition conference yesterday, a friendly interview conducted by Henry Blodget -- whose Business Insider is funded in part by Bezos. The Amazon ceo is quoted widely for such standard remarks as, "Books, in my view, are too expensive. You know,…

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People, Etc.: Einstein Thompson Split, and More

Susanna Einstein and Meg Thompson will dissolve the Einstein Thompson Agency after the new year as they have "mutually and amicably decided to strike out on their own" after eight years working together, first at LJK Literary before forming their own agency. The Thompson Literary Agency and Einstein Literary Management…

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Corporate: In-Flight eBooks on JetBlue; BN Commissions 500,000 Signed Books For Holidays; Perseus Year-End View

JetBlue's has launched their "Fly-Fi" content platform, currently available on about 35 percent of all flights as part of their rollout of inflight wi-fi, offering free content, including excerpts of more than 20 ebooks from HarperCollins, their "exclusive book content partner" at launch. Penguin Random House will join the program in…

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People, Etc.

Jill Smith has been appointed director of the Denver Publishing Institute, effective January 1, 2015. Smith has worked at the Institute since 2003 and is currently co-director. She succeeds Joyce Meskis, who is retiring as director after seven years (though she will keep her responsibilities at Tattered Cover Bookstore.) Rayhane Sanders…

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Cutbacks At Nook Include Executive Ranks

Barnes & Noble's Nook division has eliminated an unspecified number of jobs as the company continues to manage costs in anticipation of a spinoff of Nook Media (or parts thereof) some time next year. The layoffs include three executives: Longtime team member Theresa Horner, vp, digital content and general manager of…

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November Picks: Amazon, iBooks and Costco

In the new monthly lists, Amazon makes Stephen King's Revival their spotlight pick for November and Lev Golinkin's memoir A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka is their featured debut. The rest of their top books for the month are: Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong The Laughing Monsters, Denis…

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Barnes & Noble to Close One Queens Store -- And A Few Others

Media attention helped extend the presence of Barnes & Noble in the Bronx as the borough's last remaining bookstore, but now the company says they will close one of their three Queens locations at the end of the year. BN indicated they were unable to negotiate a new lease for…

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