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Briefs: Pedroza Collects In Fifty Shades Settlement, Amazon Boston, and More

Jennifer Pedroza will finally collect from her former Writers' Coffee Shop partner Amanda Hayward, in a confidential settlement. Hayward is dropping her appeal of the Texas District Court judgment that gave Pedroza a $10.6 million award, along with $900,000 in interest and $1.7 million in attorney's fees. The final payment does include at least $1.6…

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Briefs: Forthcoming From George W. Bush & James Patterson; Amazon Opens La Jolla Store

Crown will publish the next book from former President George W. Bush on February 28 -- the full-color PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, presenting 66 portraits and a mural depicting service members and veterans, painted by President Bush. Crown will offer an over-sized edition signed by…

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Bookselling: BN Small-Format Concept Store in Plano, TX; New Stores Coming to Belmont, MA & Bend, OR; And More

Bcrnes & Noble announced plans to open a new concept store in Plano, TX's Legacy West development, the Dallas Morning News reports (based on the developer's press release). Notably the store, set to open in March and including a restaurant and bar like BN's other new concept stores, will be measure just 9,000 square…

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Another Amazon Books Store Planned, for Chicago In 2017

The latest confirmed future location of an Amazon Books store is 3443 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago (in the Lakeview area, not far from Wrigley Field). It was first reported speculatively on the Southport Corridor blog, and then confirmed by Amazon. It's a 7,200-square-foot retail space -- similar to, but larger…

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Bookselling: Penguin Shop Opens in Toronto; Milkweed Bookstore Opens in September; and More

The lobby of Penguin Random House Canada's offices in Toronto now includes a 158-square foot bookshop, Penguin Shop. PRH Canada ceo Brad Martin said in the announcement: "We are continually in search of innovative ways to bring the books we are so proud to publish to readers. As such, we…

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Results Steady At WH Smith, But...

On Wednesday WH Smith issued a short trading notice in advance of their annual results on August 31, saying the report will be "in line with expectations." Simple enough. That release inspired an equally short but potentially confusing Bloomberg piece that declares, "In the era of Facebook and Twitter, a…

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People, Etc.

At St. Martin's, Lisa Senz has been promoted to vp, associate publisher, reporting to Jennifer Enderlin. Jackie Cantor will join Gallery Books as senior editor on August 29. Most recently she was executive editor at Berkley. Jessica Schmidt will join Running Press as director of marketing and publicity on September…

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Barnes & Noble Fires CEO Boire; Will Try Again

After the close of the market on Tuesday, Barnes & Noble announced that the board of directors "determined that [CEO Ron] Boire was not a good fit for the organization and that it was in the best interests of all parties for him to leave the company." As a result, executive…

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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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