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Burgess Lea Moves to Quarto

Running Press co-founder Buz Teacher his wife Janet Bukovinsky Teacher have sold the assets of their year-old cooking publisher Burgess Lea Press to Quarto Publishing Group USA. The Teachers will "continue to work with the imprint," though editorial and production operations will be run out of Quarto’s Minneapolis, MN, office. The Burgess Lea site lists…

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Macmillan Acquires Pronoun (FKA As Vook, Plus Booklr and Byliner)

Macmillan announced on Thursday that they have acquired Pronoun, the pivoted version of the company that began life as Vook (originally creating ebooks with embedded videos) in 2009 and over the years incorporated Booklr and Byliner. In its latest incarnation, Pronoun's focus has been an ebook distribution platform for authors that has…

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People, Etc.

Berlin-based digital publisher Frisch & Co., which has published 13 books in translation, will become an imprint of UK-based Canelo as of June. Publishing director Michael Bhaskar says in the announcement, "We want to take these wonderful, original, eclectic, innovative voices to the wide English ­speaking audience they deserve." Author of over 50 English-set historical romances,…

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Publisher of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books Pares Back List On Health Problems

The founder of the eponymous Georgia McBride Media Group -- which publishes under Month9Books, Swoon Romance and Tantrum Books -- emailed authors on Thursday to share information on her health issues and business problems. Recently diagnosed with a blood clot, following other stress-related health problems, McBride writes, "I am making…

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HarperCollins Creates Program to Support New Bookstores

HarperCollins announced a New Store Development Program to support independent booksellers opening new stores (or additional locations) in the US. Qualifying stores can get extra discount, "in the form of market development and fixture funds, on orders placed priorto opening and for the first three months of operation." Harper will also give grants towards ABA membership…

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Australian Publishing Braces for New Battle As Government Proposes Dropping Book Import Restrictions

Australia's publishing (and bookselling) business has remained protected by "parallel import restrictions" that have kept the country relatively de-Amazoned -- but just as American antitrust law has been favoring low consumer prices over market consolidation, the Australian government is prioritizing lower prices for books over protecting the local publishing business. The…

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Corporate: Pearson Has Expected Q1 Decline, As CBS Considers Buyout of Redstone Shares

Pearson issued a first quarter "trading update" in connection with their annual meeting. As expected, results were weak, with overall sales down 6 percent, "in line with expectations." They say Penguin Random House "had a solid first-quarter performance with a strong bestseller performance and net integration benefits partly offset by…

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Family Entertainment Network Relaunches As StoryArc; Frankfurt Adds Controlling Stake In IPR License; Readerlink Adds ANconnect Book Business

The Family Entertainment Network of web-based children's games and other properties -- including Poptropica, created by Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, and Funbrain -- has officially relaunched as StoryArc Media. The company was sold to Sandbox Partners last May by Pearson. Kinney has the title of chief creative officer under…

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Riggio To Retire As B&N Chairman in September

Barnes & Noble, Inc. founder Leonard Riggio, 75, announced he will retire in September from his position as executive chairman -- after the annual shareholder meeting -- though he intends to remain on the company's board of directors. Riggio still controls 17.5 percent of Barnes & Noble's shares (with Abrams Capital Management as…

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Google Play Gains Again, Even As Earnings Are Below Analysts' Estimates; Apple China iBooks Shutdown Confirmed

The headline from Thursday afternoon's earnings release from Alphabet/Google was that earnings came in below analysts' expectations, with first quarter sales of $20.3 billion up 17 percent. In the segment we follow, the glamorous "Other revenue" that incorporates the Google Play store, sales of $2.1 billion were up 24 percent…

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