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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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Posman Books to Close Grand Central Location, and More

Posman Books will close its Grand Central Station location after "15 wonderful years" by the end of the year, Shelf Awareness reports. The store has to leave its 5,000-square foot space as part of the Terminal's plan "to upgrade and improve pedestrian circulation" and as part of the larger One…

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People, Etc.

Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board "he would like to step down...before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests." A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.…

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Bookstore News, Good and Bad

The forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair features Bruce Handy chronicling the life of the late owner of Paris's Shakespeare and Company bookstore, "the eccentric, irascible, and visionary George Whitman," and looking at "Shakespeare’s greatest asset in the age of Amazon: Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia." Downtown Greenville, SC will get a downtown…

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Amazon Reported to Prepare Retail(ish) Space In New York By Empire State Building

The WSJ reports that Amazon is opening some kind of physical, operating presence -- will it include or operate as a store? -- on 34th in Midtown Manhattan, across from the Empire State Building. According to "people familiar with the plans," the space "would function as a mini-warehouse, with limited inventory…

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Bookselling: New Contract for Book Culture Employees; RiverRun Closes Maine Location; and More

Employees at Book Culture in Morningside Heights signed a three-year contract Wednesday night after a protracted summer-long fight over attempts to unionize that led to the dismissal of several employees, subsequently reversed. The NY Daily News reports the new deal includes higher wages, fixed raises and affordable health care. "Now…

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