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Hachette UK Creates New International Sales Group

Hachette UK announced the formation of a new international sales group division, to be overseen by Ben Wright, who will join the company in October as international sales director, responsible for international sales of titles published by the Hachette UK group of publishers, as well as titles published by HBG…

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People, Etc.: Sand Named Abrams Publisher; Hachette UK Merges Piatkus and C&R

Little, Brown executive editor Michael Sand will join Abrams as vp, publisher, adult trade as September 22. He has been at Little, Brown since 2006. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the announcement: "Michael Sand is the perfect candidate to continue to envision, shape, and drive our adult editorial programs at…

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Lia Ronnen has been promoted to publisher at Artisan, effective September 2. She succeeds Ann Bramson, who will now acquire books across Workman’s imprints with the new title of executive director, special projects at Workman. Of Ronnen's appointment, Bramson said in the announcement: "Lia is an amalgam of everything one…

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Book Sales in Indigo Q1 Grew For First Time in Almost Five Years

Canada's dominant bookseller Indigo reported fiscal first quarter (for the period ending June 28). Sales increased 5.4 percent, to $180.8 million CA, and the net loss of $14.0 million was an improvement upon the $20.9 million lost at the same time a year ago. Indigo largely attributed the quarter's revenue…

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Jason Weidemann has been promoted to editorial director of University of Minnesota Press. He succeeds Richard Morrison, who left after fifteen years at UMP to become editorial director at Fordham University Press last month. At Macmillan, Krista Loercher has been promoted to director, Amazon sales. Sam Caggiula has joined Skyhorse…

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Corporate: Perseus Sale Postponed; Mondadori Merges Children's Imprints

The closing of the sale of the Perseus Books Group to Hachette -- with the distribution businesses to be sold in turn to Ingram Content Group -- has been postponed past the intended July 31 date. That closing date always seemed ambitious, since the complicated three-way agreement was not executed until June…

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Ten Speed Press announced a number of promotions and new hires. In the publicity and marketing departments, Lorraine Woodcheke has been named marketing & publicity manager, cookbooks, while Natalie Mulford moves up to marketing and publicity manager, Watson-Guptill and Amphoto Books. In the design department, Betsy Stromberg has been promoted…

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Agreements: Curtis Brown UK Unit Pairs with BBC, and More

Cuba Pictures, the film and tv development arm of Curtis Brown UK, has a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide, which will "provide investment, co-production expertise, access to their market research and development initiatives in addition to their global marketing reach." Cuba Pictures ceo Nick Marston says, "Our aim is to bring together…

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Oxford University Press Results Flat On Year of "Structural Change"

Sales were flat Oxford University Press for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, at £759 million, and profit before tax from continuing operations declined £9 million, to £107 million. The press was able to transfer £50 million to the university. Digital sales comprised 19 percent of total revenues and…

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Penguin Random House Completes the Santillana Spanish-Language Acquisition

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday it has completed the acquisition of the Santillana's trade book business Santillana Ediciones Generales from PRISA for 72 million euros. One component of the deal -- the acquisition of Objetiva, Santillana's Brazilian trade business, is still pending, and "expected to be completed later in the…

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