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International Briefs: Kobo, Amazon, Luebbe and More

The rest of the world was open for business all week long and accounts for much of the catch-up news: - Kobo has now redirected their efforts to sell ebooks and ereading devices in Spain towards their France-based retail partner Fnac. The relationship has been expanded to Spain, where Fnac has 50 stores. Kobo…

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Barnes & Noble Hires A COO While They're Supposed to be Looking for A CEO

Barnes & Noble announced on Monday afternoon that they hired Demos Parneros, 54, as chief operating officer, reporting to Len Riggio, who is now referred to as "chairman and CEO of Barnes & Noble." Parneros "will work closely with Mr. Riggio on all aspects of company operations including stores, merchandising, e-Commerce,…

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Simon & Schuster to Acquire Adams Media

Simon & Schuster announced internally on Monday afternoon an agreement with F+W Media to acquire their trade publishing division Adams Media, as F+W continues to pare back on some its business lines. Adams Media vp, books and content Karen Cooper will serve as vp, publisher of the line for Simon & Schuster,…

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People, Etc.

Katrin Hagerty has joined Insight Editions as foreign rights salesperson, and Alison Corn has joined the company as assistant design manager. Former managing director of Palgrave Macmillan in the UK Jaime Marshall is launching a literary agency, focused on upmarket nonfiction and popular economics, psychology, and business. Marshall will work in partnership…

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Jolly Fish Press Claims Sale Is Pending to "Established Publisher"

Ten days ago Jolly Fish Press surprised authors and employees in announcing online that they would close at the end of October "unless another option will present itself" for lack of financing. (That announcement was followed by an apology to authors for announcing online before emailing them, along with an…

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Jolly Fish Press to Close At End of October

Young adult book publisher Jolly Fish Press announced abruptly on their web site that the publisher will close at the end of October, unless "another option will present itself to us in lieu of closing." The publisher says that it "failed to secure the funds necessary to grow and move the company…

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Book Sales Continue Modest Decline at WH Smith, As Profits Improve

UK-based WH Smith reported annual results through August 31, declaring what passes for "another good performance" at their High Street stores -- which means trading profit there grow £3 million to £62 million, even as sales continued to ebb. Total sales in the division fell 3 percent and same-store sales declined 2 percent, even with the launch of…

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People, Etc.

Vicki Jaeger has joined Portable Press -- part of ReaderLink's Printers Row Publishing Group -- as developmental editor. She was marketing manager at Mattel Consumer Products, and most recently a licensing consultant for entertainment and consumer products companies. At Donaghy Literary Group Valerie Noble has been promoted to senior agent. Amanda Ayers Barnett has joined…

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Redstones Tell CBS and Viacom to Consider Merging

The Redstone family's privately-held National Amusements, which controls nearly 80 percent of the voting shares in both CBS and Viacom, sent a letter Thursday morning to the boards of the two entertainment companies telling them "to consider a potential combination of the companies." First reported as forthcoming by Reuters on Wednesday afternoon, shares…

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Donnelly to Split On October 1

RR Donnelley's board formally approved the final conditions of their imminent split into three separately-traded public companies. On October 1, current Donnelley shareholders (as of the record date of September 23) will receive one share of the new LSC Communications and one share of the new Donnelley Financial for every eight…

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