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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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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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