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Maria Ribas and Paul Lamb have joined the Howard Morhaim Literary agency as literary agents. Ribas was an associate editor at Adams Media and will continue to focus on cookbooks, self-help, health, diet, parenting, and humor. Lamb was most recently senior marketing manager at Viking, and will focus on representing…

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Corporate: A Wiley Acquisition; and Job Cuts At RH Children's UK and Weltbild

Wiley announced another sizable acquisition, agreeing to pay $175 million in cash to purchase French-based learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge, which focuses on leadership and managerial skills development. The deal is expected to close on May 1. Wiley has been investing heavily in their professional development division, and acquired a related…

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At Bloomsbury, Kathy Belden has been promoted to senior executive editor. Sara Sciuto is joining Foreword Literary as an agent, specializing in children's books. She was previously an agent with Full Circle Literary. Ian McEwan's novel THE CHILDREN ACT, already announced for UK publication this fall by Jonathan Cape, will…

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People: Tamblyn Promoted, and More

Kobo chief content officer and member of the founding executive team Michael Tamblyn has been promoted to the additional title of president. In the expanded role, Tamblyn will have "responsibilities for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's E Ink eReaders, Android tablets, and…

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People, Etc.

Former Literature Director at the National Endowment of the Arts Ira Silverberg will join Open Road Integrated Media on April 22 as strategic advisor, author brands, reporting to Tina Pohlman. In his new role, Silverberg will focus primarily on backlist acquisitions for "a wide range of authors." Jane Friedman, co-founder…

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Awards Nominees: Stella, Arthur C Clarke, and LBF International

Australia's Stella Prize announced their shortlist: Burial Rites, Hannah Kent Night Games, Anna Krien The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane Boy, Lost, Kristina Olsson The Swan Book, Alexis Wright The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright Another shortlist comes from the UK's Arthur C Clarke award for best science fiction novel: God's War, Kameron…

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Penguin Random House Acquires Santillana Trade Publishing

Though the story was denied when it first circulated in April 2013, Penguin Random House has now officially acquired the Santillana trade book business from Spain's challenged Prisa Group. Santillana Ediciones operates in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, including Brazil. Santillana says in their announcement that the purchase price was 72 million…

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Some Hints on UK eBook and Self-Published Sales

In London, Nielsen presented 2013 data about the UK market from their Books & Consumers surveys at their annual conference. (They survey approximately 3,000 book buyers per month. Surveys are different from Nielsen Bookscan's direct point-of-sale data, so bear that in mind when reading about these results.) They estimate based…

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Briefs: Trudeau Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Carnegie & Greenaway Awards Shortlists; and More

Allen Guelzo has won the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for GETTYSBURG: The Last Invasion (Knopf). The $50,000 prize was announced Monday night at a ceremony held at the New-York Historical Society. The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists were announced this morning, with the winners to be named…

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Kobo Continues to Press Case to Preserve Agency In Canada

Kobo continues to press their motion to rescind the ebook pricing consent agreements in Canada between the Competition Commission and the four agency publishers that we first reported on last week. In a memorandum of fact filed March 10, they reiterated their primary argument that "without a stay, Kobo will…

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