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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Bridgett Paradise as svp of human resources and chief people officer, reporting directly to CEO Linda Zecher. Her role "will encompass human resources strategy and policy, including talent management and acquisition, organizational design and employee benefits. Paradise has been at Microsoft, most recently in the position of general manager, human resources…

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Kensington will merge its two digital-first imprints eKensington and Lyrical Press into a single unit under the Lyrical Press name. The merged imprint will continue to be under the helm of Adam Zacharius, and directly managed by Alexandra Nicolajsen as well as Martin Biro, who has been promoted to associate…

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Workman Names A CEO

Workman Publishing has named ceo and president of their Storey Publishing and Timber Press imprint Dan Reynolds as ceo of Workman. Reynolds will "transition into the role immediately, and relocate to New York City full-time on October 1." He joined the company in 2001 when Workman purchased Storey. Reynolds takes over…

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Daily Update: Influence of Kindle Unlimited on Amazon "Bestsellers" Grows

Since no one else is reporting on this at all, we'll continue our tracking. Amazon's hourly list of the top 100 "paid" Kindle bestsellers appears to be under the steadily growing influence of Kindle Unlimited "checkouts," which are counted as part of paid sales. In this morning's check, 45 of…

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People, Etc.: Regan Arts Distribution to S&S

Judith Regan will go back to her roots for distribution of her new line Regan Arts' titles. Simon & Schuster will handle worldwide sales and distribution, with Regan Arts expected to begin publishing in fall 2014 (though they have not publicly announced any titles yet). Regan started her book publishing…

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People, Etc.

Lance Fitzgerald will join the Crown Publishing Group as vp, director of subsidiary rights on August 4. Previously he was director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster. Succeeding Fitzgerald at S&S is Marie Florio, who has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights, overseeing rights for all books within the…

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People, Etc.

Start-up BitLit has announced a pilot program with Harper Collins. The publisher is testing the app that provides a discounted ebook as a bundled offer to a proven print book purchaser or owner on 6 titles for now (Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost, Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison,…

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Scholastic has hired Lee Peters as svp, strategic marketing for Scholastic Education, reporting to division president Margery Mayer. "Peters will be responsible for helping shape the strategic direction of the division by guiding marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines within a unified Scholastic Education brand." Most recently, he was vp…

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People, Etc.

At Putnam, Katie McKee has been promoted to senior publicity manager, while Elena Hershey moves up to associate publicist. At Chronicle Books, Will Schrom has been promoted to national accounts manager, Barnes & Noble and Calendar Club. At Crown Publishing Group, Hanna Glidden has been promoted to associate managing editor.…

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Bookselling: Employees Buy Women & Children First, Hastings Sale Finalized

Chicago's Women & Children First Bookstore has been sold to two employees, Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck, the Windy City Times reported. Their winning bid was one of "eight formal offers" made to owners and founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen. Separately, as expected, the sale of Hastings to a…

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