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Results Steady At WH Smith, But...

On Wednesday WH Smith issued a short trading notice in advance of their annual results on August 31, saying the report will be "in line with expectations." Simple enough. That release inspired an equally short but potentially confusing Bloomberg piece that declares, "In the era of Facebook and Twitter, a…

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Merchandise Sales Lift Indigo

Canadian "book, gift and specialty toy retailer" Indigo reported results for their fiscal first quarter, ending July 2. Sales rose 4.4 percent, or $8.2 million, to $193.1 million for the quarter, "driven mainly by the continued double digit growth of key general merchandise categories." Book sales were up on a same-store basis, but flat overall…

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People: Hugh Van Dusen Retires, and More

Longtime Harper vp, executive editor Hugh Van Dusen will retire from the company on August 30 "after an astonishing 60 years with HarperCollins." He first joined what was then Harper & Brothers on June 21, 1956 and helped launch Torch Books, later becoming closely involved with the Perennial paperback imprint…

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Briefs: Pocket Constitution Sales Rise After Khan Speech; A Local Line for S&S India; and More

Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention has boosted distribution of the US Constitution. A $1 Pocket Constitution published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies -- similar to the one Khan displayed during his speech, but not the same edition -- moved 45,000 copies on Amazon between Saturday morning and…

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Briefs: Cooke International Bought Out By Its Agents; Hachette Titles on Tapas App

In Canada, Suzanne Brandreth and Ron Eckel are now full owners of The Cooke Agency International, the foreign rights branch of The Cooke Agency, after both being responsible for its day-to-day operations for the past three years. Dean Cooke and Sally Harding will remain owners of the originating agency, and…

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People, Etc.

At Franklin & Siegal Associates, Danny Yanez has been promoted to director of adult scouting. In addition, both Nicole Sohl and Joshua LaMorey have joined as literary scouts. Sohl was most recently associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Entertainment, while LaMorey was previously a literary scout at Barbara…

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People: New Executives for Doubleday Canada and McClelland & Stewart

Jared Bland has been named to the new role of publisher, McClelland & Stewart. He has been arts editor at the Globe & Mail since 2014, after joining the paper the year before as books editor (and was an editor at House of Anansi Press before then). One-time president and publisher…

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UK Briefs: Hachette UK to Close Littlehampton Warehouse in 2019; Lost My Name Lays Off 10; and More

Hachette UK will close its Littlehampton Book Services warehouse and offices in 2019 as part of a bigger plan to consolidate and modernize their distribution operations. They will build a new distribution center in Didcot, Oxfordshire, about a mile away from the existing Bookpoint distribution facility, starting in late 2016.…

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People, Etc.

At Scribner, Shannon Welch has been promoted to executive editor. At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Danielle Burby has been promoted to agent and foreign rights manager. Paula Canal will join Indent Literary Agency as a literary agent and foreign rights director. She has spent the past 17 years as foreign…

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People: Harlequin Launches Park Row Books Imprint, and More

Harlequin will launch a new imprint, Park Row Books, in summer 2017, with a focus on "thought-provoking and voice-driven novels" that have "mainstream appeal." Executive editor for the imprint Erika Imranyi told the AP: "We've been growing that part of our business for a very long time. It's a small…

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