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Announcements: PRH Pairs with InstaFreebie, Amazon Gets Permission to Test Drone Functions In UK

The Random House Publishing Group has joined HarperCollins in working with InstaFreebie to promote pre-publication book excerpts. (Harper acquired The Midlist, a deals email newsletter run by InstaFreebie's parent company, last October.) InstaFreebie currently reaches approximately 300,000 consumers and delivers excerpts via email, providing optional social DRM -- which RHPG is using…

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Hastings to Liquidate Between Now and October 31

Per our previous reports, the stalking horse bid from liquidators Hilco and Gordon Brothers has prevailed, and it appears that no other offers were made at Wednesday's scheduled auction. While the plan requires final acceptance by the Bankruptcy Court on Friday, complete documents for a "notice of successful bidder and…

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Liquidators Approved As Hastings Stalking Horse Bidder

At a hearing on Monday afternoon, a Delaware Bankruptcy Court judge approved the stalking horse bid for the inventory of Hastings Entertainment from liquidators Gordon Brothers and Hilco that we reported on last Friday. Per that earlier report, the bid "provides for a guaranteed payment of 75 percent of the cost of the…

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Potential Stalking Horse Bid Has Hastings On Likely Path to Liquidation

With a potential auction -- if there are any bidders -- scheduled for July 20, a number of motions have been filed in which Hasting Entertainment is trying to secure a stalking horse bid. After filing for bankruptcy protection just over a month ago, the distressed entertainment retailer looks to…

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People, Etc.

At Ecco, Sara Wood has been promoted to associate art director. Andrea Cascardi will rejoin Transatlantic Agency as a literary agent based out of New York. Previously she was managing director of Egmont USA from 2013 to 2015, and before then spent ten years as an agent at TLA. Jennifer…

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Bookselling: BN Fires "Under 50" IT People, Portland's New Indie, and More

Even as Barnes & Noble continues to promise fixes to their botched website relaunch, the company is laying off what spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating called "less than 50 people" at their Westbury, Long Island IT office. Keating wrote to Newsday, "We have a very large IT department in Westbury that supports…

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People, Etc.

Deb Brody will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as editorial director for lifestyle & culinary on July 18. Previously she was executive editor at William Morrow. Michael Strother has joined Harlequin Teen as editor. Previously he was an editor at Simon Pulse. Jermey Matthews will join MIT Press as acquisitions editor, physical…

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Bookselling: Amazon NYC and Amazon's Reviewers

The New York Post cites at least two sources that tell the paper Amazon is set to lease space at Manhattan's under-construction Hudson Yards for a bookstore. One source says that stores in development are expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019. A different anonymous source tells the…

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Woodson Tops August Indie Next List

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's new novel for adults, Another Brooklyn, is the No. 1 pick on the ABA's August Indie Next List. Also on this list is Tim Murphy's debut novel Christodora, included in our Buzz Books 2016: Spring/Summer ebook, and I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows,…

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More Barnes & Noble Fiscal Facts

Barnes & Noble followed their headline fourth quarter press release with more extensive SEC filings by the end of the day on Thursday providing a number of additional details worth reviewing: Settlement Credits Perhaps contributing to the company's slightly positive sales forecast for the new fiscal year, BN says that…

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