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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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People: Bykofsky Associates Takes Over DSM Agency List

Sheree Bykofsky Associates has taken over the list of DSM Agency, as Doris Michaels "decided to make a transition in her life, which meant finding a new home for her clients." Colleagues for a long time, they report: "Sheree and Doris realized that they ran their agencies in much the same…

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Bonnier Acquires UK's Igloo Books

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books on undisclosed terms, adding £30 million in annual sales to create a group with £85 million in sales focused on children's books and adult fiction. The company says it will make them "one of the five largest children's publishers in the…

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Advance Look: NYT's Top 10 Picture Books for 2014, and Goodread's It Book Search

The New York Times Book Review announced its list of the year's 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books, though they will not be featured in print until the November 19 issue. Their picks are: Draw!, written and illustrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster) Shackleton's Journey, written and illustrated by William Grill (Flying…

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Amazon Adds KDP For Kids

Amazon has officially launched a KDP Kids initiative that provides authors access to a Kindle Kids' Book Creator to help create files for illustrated children's books "that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups." The new software is offered as a download for both Mac and PC that Kindle…

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The Super Seuss Business

The Wall Street Journal writes in-depth on the Dr. Seuss franchise, so much a staple of Penguin Random House that it was cited a number of times in the company's financial report earlier on Friday. The peg is the September 9 publication of a second collection of "lost" magazine work,…

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Kids Books Matter More In Print and In Store, As Teens Warm Up to eBooks -- and Lose Interest In Reading

The third-annual Launch Kids conference kicked off Monday morning with a block of data presentations from Nielsen, ReaderLink, the Insight Strategy Group, and PlayCollective, painting a comprehensive picture of both the commercial marketplace for children's print and ebooks as well as insights into how children use digital media. Nielsen president Jonathan…

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People, Children's Imprints, Etc.

At Crown, Sarah Pekdemir has been named senior marketing manager, Crown Trade. At Behrman House, Dena Neusner has been promoted to executive editor. The New York Public Library will pay $2.15 million -- funded in large part by a private donation -- to purchase 190 boxes of Tom Wolfe's papers,…

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