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At Simon & Schuster, Sarah Reidy has been promoted to associate director of publicity. Princeton University Press announced a number of promotions. Eric Henney has been promoted to associate editor, physical and earth sciences, while Ryan Mulligan moves up to assistant editor. Shaquona Crews has been appointed director of contracts,…

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eBooks: Kobo in Mexico, Amazon In NY Schools

Kobo is joining with Mexican publisher and retailer Libreria Porrúa (with almost 70 bookstores) and bookstore chain Gandhi (with close to 30 stores) to power a new ereading service for Mexican readers called Orbile. They plan to launch an ebookstore in September with a catalog that will include over 70,000 titles. Both Porrúa and…

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Briefs: Another Pearson Sale, RCS to Meet on Mondadori Offer, and More

Following their big £844 million sale of the FT to Nikkei, Pearson acknowledged over the weekend that they are in talks with the co-owners of The Economist about selling their 50 percent stake in that organization as well. A Bloomberg source says that separate sale could yield another £400 million…

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Amazon Customers Receive A Little Extra In eBook Settlement Credits

Although the original ebook settlement credits funded by the five settling publishers expired this spring, on Thursday many Amazon customers were notified of new, additional small credits issued to their accounts in connection with those same settlements. As the notices indicate, "This credit is in addition to the credit that…

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Kaplan ceo Thomas Leppert has resigned, effective August 21, and will be replaced by Andrew Rosen, chairman of Kaplan and evp of its owner Graham Holdings Company. Lepper joined Kaplan in 2013 and "led the expansion of Kaplan's highly successful international business and a turnaround at Kaplan Test Prep." Chairman of the parent company…

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Houghton Moves to Some Kind of Agency

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt appears to have reached a new ebook sales agreement with Amazon and looks to be working with a modified form of agency across their ebook accounts now. Like their peers, the company declined to discuss their retailer terms. But the Amazon listings are a fairly reliable guide.…

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Corporate: Holtzbrinck Will Also Drop DRM In Germany; BookTrack Raises More

A meaningful portion of the big ebook publishers in Germany -- where Kindle has lower market share than in many other developed ebook markets -- is moving away from formal DRM to digital watermarking instead. Holtzbrinck's trade imprints are the latest to make the move, as of August. Their lines…

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At HarperCollins Children's, Alana Whitman has been promoted to senior manager, integrated marketing while Alison Noll moves up to assistant manager, integrated marketing operations. Obituary Owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY Scott Meyer died July 19. The store has been up for sale. Co-owner of nearby Oblong Books & Music said, "The work that…

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Briefs: WATCHMAN Opening Week Sales; Entitle Shuts Down; and More

HarperCollins announced that Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman sold more than 1.1 million units in North America since going on sale last Tuesday, with 3.3 million copies now in print. (Earlier Penguin Random House UK indicated Watchman had sold 105,000 copies in its first day on sale.) Subscription service Entitle…

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Ingram Launches Accelerator

The book publishing-focused start-up world has always been missing an incubator or accelerator to help refine and mentor promising new companies, and now Ingram Content Group is answering that need. Building on investments made through ICG Ventures, the company announced Tuesday their 1440 Accelerator "to find and accelerate startups creating…

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