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Corporate: Bloomsbury Adds Conway; Full Fathom Digital; New Rizzoli Bookstore Lease

Bloomsbury has purchased the 200-title naval and military history list of Conway from Pavilion Books in the UK (the rebranded version of Anova). Bloomsbury will integrate the titles into their existing lines. Terms were not disclosed, but the Bookseller notes that Conway publisher John Lee will leave after 20 years in that…

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Briefs: NPR to Announce National Book Award Finalists; Fall Previews Begin

The National Book Awards will announce its finalists on NPR's Morning Edition at 8:40 PM on October 15. Books & Books owner and co-founder of Miami Book Fair Mitchell Kaplan will make the announcement. Longtime co-owner of Village Books Dee Robinson will retire at the end of the week after…

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People: Adjustments At Simon Pulse, and More

The Simon Pulse imprint has announced a new structure to "maximize the amazing potential of Pulse and continue to support the success of Aladdin." Liesa Abrams is being promoted to vp, editorial director of Pulse and associate editorial director of Aladdin. But "as a result of this reorganization," Simon Pulse editorial director Patrick Price…

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People, Etc.

Will Atkinson will join Atlantic Books as managing director and publisher on October 1. Previously he was sales and marketing director at Faber, where he spent the past 20 years. Atlantic chairman Peter Roche said in the announcement "At Faber, [Atkinson] has demonstrated an unrelenting enthusiasm for independent publishing tempered…

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Bookselling: the Purdue Student Store, Powered by Amazon; Best Little Bookshop in Beta

Amazon has partnered with Purdue University in Indiana on the Purdue Student Store, which will not only offer discounted physical and digital textbooks, but, in early 2015, will also bring staffed customer order pickup and drop-off locations to Purdue's campus, as well as expedited shipping benefits phased in over the…

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People, Etc.

The NOOK Media ebooks team announced a number of recent promotions. Ali Kokmen has been promoted to director of sales, ebooks, reporting to Kashif Zafar, responsible for fiction, nonfiction, and kids and teens. Norman Waters has been promoted to senior merchandising associate, continuing to report to Kokmen. Finally, Matt Warner…

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Scribd Enters Digital Book Discovery Fray; Same-Day Service from BN & Google

Scribd relaunched what it dubs its "new browse experience", the company's try at digital book discovery to complement its existing subscription program, which now boasts 500,000 titles (with Princeton University Press, Samhain, and National Geographic among the most recently added publishers.) The browsing capability is available at Scribd's website and…

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Bookselling: Employees Buy Women & Children First, Hastings Sale Finalized

Chicago's Women & Children First Bookstore has been sold to two employees, Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck, the Windy City Times reported. Their winning bid was one of "eight formal offers" made to owners and founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen. Separately, as expected, the sale of Hastings to a…

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Bookselling: Diesel Malibu to Close, Munro's Handed to Employees

Diesel will close its Malibu bookstore sometime this summer, and has marked down inventory. Owner John Evans indicated to the Malibu Times earlier this month, "Their lease runs through January 2015 but Evans said part of the reason they're closing early is because they won't be able to afford six more…

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People: Nadine Gordimer Dies

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, 90, died at home in Johannesburg. Gordimer won the Booker in 1974 and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2002, along with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Jamil Ahmad, 83, author of THE WANDERING FALCON, died at his home in Islamabad after a long illness.…

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