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People, Etc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Bridgett Paradise as svp of human resources and chief people officer, reporting directly to CEO Linda Zecher. Her role "will encompass human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits. Paradise has been at Microsoft, most recently in the position of general manager, human resources…

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John Ingram Invests In Mediander

Chairman and ceo of Ingram Content Group John Ingram has invested in Mike Fine's ambitious online "knowledge engine" startup Mediander.com, providing an "early-stage investment" through his personal investing vehicle, JRI Ventures LLC. According to the announcement, "the investment will be used to fund research and development, as well as technical,…

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People, Etc.

Kensington will merge its two digital-first imprints eKensington and Lyrical Press into a single unit under the Lyrical Press name. The merged imprint will continue to be under the helm of Adam Zacharius, and directly managed by Alexandra Nicolajsen as well as Martin Biro, who has been promoted to associate…

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Batman Beats Back Kindle Unlimited

Yes, you read that correctly. For the first day since we starting monitoring the effect on Kindle Unlimited titles on Amazon Kindle's So-Called Bestseller List, the number of KU titles on the top 100 declined modestly, now accounting for 38 titles. But Batman related books have stormed the list, taking…

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Scholastic Takes $21.4 Charge, Mostly on Storia, Which Will Switch to School Licensing Model

Scholastic reported fourth quarter and full fiscal year earnings on Thursday morning, with sales rising 8 percent to $549 million and operating income increasing more, at $48.6 million. The stock rose in early morning trading on the improved results and positive guidance for next year. But the company disclosed a…

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Daily Update: Influence of Kindle Unlimited on Amazon "Bestsellers" Grows

Since no one else is reporting on this at all, we'll continue our tracking. Amazon's hourly list of the top 100 "paid" Kindle bestsellers appears to be under the steadily growing influence of Kindle Unlimited "checkouts," which are counted as part of paid sales. In this morning's check, 45 of…

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Apple Reports Softer iPad Sales, As iTunes Continues Growth

Apple reported third quarter revenue after the close of market on Tuesday, with sales of $37.4 billion (up 6%, largely due to growth in China), and net profit of $7.7 billion. iPad sales of 13.3 million were down 9 percent (from 14.6 million units a year ago), making approximately 227…

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Hachette Dispute Is Driving Some Amazon Customers Away

One persistent, unanswered question is whether the generally negative press coverage of the standoff between Hachette Book Group and Amazon has had any effect on the etailer. In a recent survey of almost 5,300 buyers (completed July 19), Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group reports finding high awareness of the…

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Unlimited Consequences

It's early days for Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program -- day four to be exact -- but there is already plenty to note among some of the unusual consequences of the program. For Self-Published Authors, The Deal Just Changed, To...? First and foremost is at least some misgivings among self-published…

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Google Play Grows Again

Google reported second quarter earnings after the close of the market Thursday. The segment in which they report Google Play sales -- "other revenues" -- was up 53 percent compared to a year ago, and up 3 percent from the previous quarter. It comprised $1.6 billion for the quarter. The company said…

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