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Bookselling: Amazon Expands in Mexico; Indigo Expands Store Discounts; and More

Two years after launching its Kindle store in Mexico, Amazon has expanded to offer a broad spectrum of physical goods, including printed books, at http://amazon.com.mx/. Offerings include the three versions of the Kindle e-reader. Indigo will now discount 100 top-selling and bookseller-recommend books by 40 percent, ceo Heather Reisman tells the Globe…

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Sara Sargent will return to Harper Children's on July 13, in the new position of executive editor, reporting to Kate Jackson. She will acquire teen, middle grade and picture book fiction and nonfiction titles "created from or around digital and social media content. Sargent was most recently at Simon & Schuster, Robert Bolick is joining the International Baccalaureate…

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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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Corporate: Harlequin's Customer Rewards Program; Bonnier Germany Drops DRM

Harlequin has launched a new customer loyalty program, Harlequin My Rewards, which gives members opportunities to earn rewards such as autographed books, signature gift baskets and Skype conversations with favorite Harlequin authors. Harlequin My Rewards presents readers with points for purchasing books or engaging in multiple online activities, including sharing…

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At Hachette Livre, Pierre Danet has been promoted to group chief digital innovator, reporting to Arnaud Nourry, while continuing to supervise digital projects in France, reporting to Catherine Cussigh. In addition, Eva Dunoyer moves up to innovation project manager. At Sourcebooks, Susan Raasch is being promoted to senior accounts receivable specialist,…

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At Basic Books, Dan Gerstle is being promoted to senior editor, while Leah Stecher moves up to associate editor. Jessica Brown has joined Convergent Books as publicist/marketer. Previously she was a publicist at Howard Books. Sourcebooks announced a number of promotions in its design team. Dawn Adams is being promoted…

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Norway's Schibsted Sold

In Norway, the Schibsted Group is selling Schibsted Forlag, one of the country's leading trade publishers, to Vigmostad & Bjørke. They are also selling them their ebookstoore EBOK.No, for undisclosed terms. The two units had combined 2014 sales of approximately $24 million, with an EBITDA loss of about $1.8 million. Schibsted will…

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European Commission Investigates Amazon's eBook MFNs In UK and Germany

The European Commission announced Thursday morning "a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of electronic books. Their focus is "certain clauses included in Amazon's contracts with publishers. These clauses require publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors and/or offer Amazon…

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Amanda O'Connor will join Trident Media Group as an agent on June 15, representing general interest and upmarket non-fiction, literary fiction, spirituality and wellness. She had been an editor at Crown's discontinued Image Books. At Simon & Schuster, Emily Graff has been promoted to editor. Avalon Radys has joined Inkshares as marketing manager. Previously…

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People, Etc.; Kuyper Named New BISG Executive Director

The Book Industry Study Group has appointed Mark Kuyper, currently president and chief executive officer of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, as its newest executive director. Kuyper, who succeeds Len Vlahos, will start at BISG on June 15. "We were pleased to find an association veteran from within our industry…

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