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Boire Named Barnes & Noble CEO; Carey Promoted to COO

Barnes & Noble has appointed Ronald D. Boire, currently president & chief executive officer of Sears Canada, as ceo of its retail business, effective September 8. Boire will succeed Michael Huseby who -- as announced last week -- will become executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Education once the company is…

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A Price for BN Education

On Monday Barnes & Noble [BKS] filed another revised prospectus for the upcoming spinoff of Barnes & Noble Education [BNED], telling investors just how much stock they will receive: For every single share of Barnes & Noble Inc. stock owned, investors will 0.632 shares of BNED common stock. Ultimately the stock…

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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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Scribd Takes Over Librify; Google Ventures Backs Personalized Children's Publisher

Scribd has acquired social reading ebook retail platform Librify. Founded in 2013 by Joanna Stone Herman, Ingram Content Group Ventures was among Librify's funders, and their primary retail relationship was with Target. Scribd ceo Trip Adler said in a statement, "We value Librify's focus on the social reading experience and…

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Corporate: Harlequin's Customer Rewards Program; Bonnier Germany Drops DRM

Harlequin has launched a new customer loyalty program, Harlequin My Rewards, which gives members opportunities to earn rewards such as autographed books, signature gift baskets and Skype conversations with favorite Harlequin authors. Harlequin My Rewards presents readers with points for purchasing books or engaging in multiple online activities, including sharing…

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People, Etc.

Kim Shannon has been promoted to vp, director, retail sales at Penguin Random House. Awards The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Tanya Landman for Buffalo Soldier, while the Greenaway Medal was given to William Grill for Shackleton's Journey, which he wrote and illustrated. Grill is the youngest prize winner (at…

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Judge Denies Results of Family Christian Bankruptcy Auction

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Gregg voided the results of the complicated bankruptcy auction for the Family Christian Stores bookselling chain, calling the process "at times, nothing short of chaotic." At the same time, the Judge wrote, "While the Debtors clearly made mistakes at the auction, this court concludes that the…

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Corporate: A Penguin Random House/Amazon Deal, and A News Corp. Dividend

Amazon has confirmed (to both the Bookseller and PW) signing "new long term agreements with Penguin Random House in both the US and the UK," ratifying that alarmist accounts of a standoff starting from a UK tech blog were, as expected, overblown. The important part is what was not disclosed:…

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People, Etc.

At Hachette Livre, Pierre Danet has been promoted to group chief digital innovator, reporting to Arnaud Nourry, while continuing to supervise digital projects in France, reporting to Catherine Cussigh. In addition, Eva Dunoyer moves up to innovation project manager. At Sourcebooks, Susan Raasch is being promoted to senior accounts receivable specialist,…

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Hachette UK Acquires Nicholas Brealey; Abacus Imprint Takes Over 100-YEAR-OLD-MAN Rights

Hachette UK has acquired Nicholas Brealey Publishing, which focuses on global business, personal and professional development, and travel writing, after which the company will become an imprint of John Murray Press. Nick Brealey will continue to manage the lists, reporting to John Murray managing director Nick Davies. All of the…

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