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Julia Pastore will join Harper One as executive editor on March 2. She has been executive editor at Demos Health, prior to which she was senior editor at Crown Archetype. Michele Cobb has joined the Audio Publishers Association as executive director. She currently owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, sales,…

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Announcements: Quarto Buys Ivy; Maya Angelou Postage Stamp; Kindle Scout Launch List; and More

Quarto Publishing has agreed to acquire The Ivy Press for up to £1.3 million plus the assumption of up to £200,000 of debt, pending approval from the press's lender. The unit will become part of Quarto's international co-editions division. Founded in 1996, Ivy Press has been distributed by Thames & Hudson since 2012. Co-founder and…

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Chegg to Outsource Print Textbook Business to Ingram

Building substantially on an initiative that began last August, Chegg.com will transition the handling of all print textbook inventory over to Ingram under a renewable, five-year agreement as the company that started as a textbook rental play moves towards becoming an all-digital "student hub." (Digital textbook rentals will become Chegg's biggest…

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Malcolm X Estate to Self-Publish eBooks

The Malcolm X Estate will issue an ebook edition of The Autobiography of Malcolm X on their own in May, rather than work with longtime print publishing partner Ballantine, the AP reports. L. Londell McMillan, an attorney for the estate, notes that "Malcolm X was a fervent advocate for self-help, self-reliance…

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Kindle Unlimited Pool Is Bigger In Dollars, Lower Per Book

With the continuing rollout of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program to additional territories, the total payout to participating authors continues to grow, even as the per-borrow payment remains near its lowest levels. Every month on or about the 15th, Amazon tells authors how much they will be paid on a retroactive…

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Scribd Adds Comics, Jeb Bush Samples Book of eMails

Scribd's latest addition to their subscription catalog is a comics vertical, with over 10,000 comic books and graphic novels from publishers including Marvel, Valiant, IDW/Top Shelf and Archie. CEO Trip Adler says in the announcement, "We are very excited to take this step in expanding our subscription service beyond books. This addition…

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And Then There Were Three: New Hachette Agency Pricing Trickles In

Hachette Book Group officially implemented their new ebook agency pricing on February 1, feeding new pricing data to retailers in that evening's ONIX feed -- and ever so slowly, you can start to see those changes showing up in the marketplace. On Amazon, the new Kindle pricing is most evident…

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November AAP Sales Down Again On Weak Hardcover Shipments

After a surprisingly positive October 2014 sales report, the AAP's statistics for November returned to the pattern that they have followed for most of the year: Adult sales declined almost 8 percent, down $37 million to $442 million, as children's rose, up $23.6 million to $190.6 million. The real weakness…

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Daily Amazon: Flame Out On Tablet Sales, Interest In Radio Shack, and More

Suspicions about broad weakness in the market for new tablets were confirmed by the latest fourth quarter Tablet Tracker report from International Data Corporation. Apple already reported that iPad sales declined to 21.4 million units in the holiday quarter, still the dominant player in the market. More surprisingly, IDC says…

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Germany's Txtr Files for Insolvency

German ebook solutions and services provider Txtr filed for insolvency proceedings with a German District Court, which has appointed a provisional administrator to oversee the sale of the company's assets. People familiar with the situation say that Txtr had been exploring a sale in recent months, and it's now expected that…

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