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Kathy Trager has decided to retire from her position of evp general counsel, Penguin Random House as June 30. CEO Markus Dohle writes to staff, "As one of the most accomplished general counsels in publishing ever, Kathy has left an indelible mark on our company and our industry." Associate general counsel Anke Steinecke…

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HarperCollins Will Lower TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Trade Paperback Price For Schools

HarperCollins announced Tuesday afternoon that it will offer the trade paperback edition of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird at a lower price through its accounts that sell directly to K-12 schools in the US. The price promotion, which starts April 27, will reduce the $14.99 list price so that schools…

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Briefs: Clare's Lawyer Responds to Kenyon Lawsuit; "Birthday Cake" Author Speaks Out; and More

Cassandra Clare's lawyer, John Cahill of Cahill Associates, issued a statement Thursday afternoon responding to Sherrilyn Kenyon's trademark and copyright infringment lawsuit filed against Clare late last week. "Cassie was both surprised and disappointed that Ms. Kenyon would file this baseless lawsuit, a decade after the debut of Cassie's books.…

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Best ofs Begin, with the NYT's Illustrated Children's Favorites

We officially start transitioning from awards season to best of the year season, as the NYT Book Review takes the traditional lead with their list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books. (Two are written by Mac Barnett, and two of the books on the list are about the Eiffel Tower.)…

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Corporate: Pearson Sells Family Education Network Sites, Harlequin Launches Audio

Pearson has sold their Family Education Network -- the group of websites for kids that includes Poptropica and Funbrain -- to UK-based private equity company Sandbox Partners for undisclosed terms. Founded last year, Sandbox is run by former president of Pearson English Bhav Singh. Pearson spokesperson Brendan O'Grady said the sale is…

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Katz to Retire from Harper Children's, Murphy to Take Over

President and publisher of Harper Children's Susan Katz "has decided to retire after an illustrious career of nearly 30 years with the company," ceo Brian Murray announced. Katz took over the children's division in 1996. Murray writes, "She has guided the division through one successful year after another, and has…

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Statistics 101: Juvenile Book Sales Did Not "Plummet"

The internet is so full of groundless stories about book publishing these days that the most efficient approach is for us to ignore most of them. But PW posted a story Thursday, "Juvenile Book Sales Plummet," that is simply wrong and should be cleared up before the meme gets set. The thrust of the piece was this: Juvenile…

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Scholastic Acquires Minority Stake in UK Publisher Make Believe Ideas

Scholastic announced Monday that it acquired a minority equity interest in UK-based education learning company Make Believe Ideas. The first co-branded books for children aged 0-5 will be unveiled at the Bologna Book Fair next week, with worldwide release scheduled for fall 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed. "Make Believe…

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With No Buyers, Egmont Will Simply Close US Publishing Division

After putting Egmont USA up for sale last October, parent company Egmont Publishing announced that it "has decided to close the office, effective from January 31," since "attempts to sell" the unit "have not resulted in any final agreements." January 30 will be the last day of employment for Egmont…

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Launching with Kids, Then the World

Just as children's and YA sales led the industry last year, next week's big conferences start with our one-day Publishers Launch Kids conference, the opening event of Digital Book World, on January 13. For the fourth year in a row, Launch Kids is the biggest professional event specifically for children's…

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