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Brexit, "Day One"

As you surely know already, the UK's surprise vote in favor of exiting the European Union has left people all over the world trying to figure out the ramifications of a process that could take 2 years or more to actually execute. The most immediate impact is in financial markets,…

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Briefs: Empresa's New Books Division; Amazon Updates Kindle; and More

Czech media conglomerate Empresa has launched a books division, Publishing Perspectives reports. The company released its first three titles this month and expects to publish 15 titles by the end of 2016. Empresa already owns an online bookstore which sells more than 170,000 titles by over 4,000 publishers. Amazon released…

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Nordstedts Sold to Storytel

Subscription audiobook and ebook streaming service Storytel has acquired Norstedts, Sweden's oldest publisher, for SEK 152 million (or 16.3 million euros.) Nordstedts has been owned by co-operative union and retail group KF since 1997; the 11-year-old Storytel adds Nordstedts to its expanding roster, having acquired Swedish publishers Massolit and B Wahlströms…

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Penguin Random House Sells Fodor's to Internet Brands

Penguin Random House will sell Fodor's Travel to Internet Brands, a Los Angeles-based online media and technology company that owns FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and deal is expected to close shortly. Fodor's will become part of Internet Brands' consumer Home/Travel group, though PRH, which…

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Hachette UK Acquires Neon Play

Hachette UK announced they have acquired Neon Play, a British-based mobile games development company. Co-owners Oli Christie, Mark Allen and their team will continue to be based in Cirencester running Neon Play as a stand-alone business under the Hachette UK umbrella, reporting to Richard Kitson. Hachette UK ceo Tim Hely…

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Bookselling: Sales and Comps Decline Again at WHSmith; Sweet Reads Sells Books & Candy; and More

WH Smith reported results for the quarter ending June 4, with high street store sales down 4 percent and comps declining 3 percent compared to the same period last year. (In the European tradition, the quarterly report is provided as a brief "trading update" with no actual figures; those come only twice…

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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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