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In the UK, Foyle's ceo Sam Husain, 67, will retire in April, the Bookseller reports. Former toy retailer Hamley's coo Paul Currie will take over the leadership for the bookseller, and Husain will stay on as a non-executive director. Also in the UK, Kieron Smith, who had been managing director of…

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In Italy, general manager of Mondadori's trade book division (as well as ceo of Einaudi, interim head of Mondadori publishing and chairman of Harlequin Mondadori) Riccardo Cavallero is leaving the company by the end of January. Last week, Mondadori Libri announced a number of new management appointments: CEO Ernesto Mauri is also…

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Pearson Sees Profit Rising in 2015; WH Smith High Street Sales Continue Falling

In a short trading update, Pearson told investors that 2014 results should be in line with their previous guidance, yielding earnings per share of approximately £720m (of 66 pence a share). Their preliminary forecast for 2015 has earnings rising to between 75 and 80 pence per share. Chief executive John Fallon…

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The second book on Mark Zuckerberg's 2015 reading list is Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature (Viking/Penguin). "It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend," Zuckerberg writes. At 832 pages, Zuckerberg and Facebook friends will take…

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European Commission Moving Towards Tax Ruling Against Amazon and Luxembourg

Per the article we clipped yesterday, moving at the speed of bureaucracy, on Friday the European Commission published its preliminary finding that the 2003 tax agreement between Luxembourg and Amazon's European holding company based in that country violates EU treaties. "The Commission is of the opinion that the Amazon ruling [from…

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Macmillan Science and Education to Merge with Springer Science

In a structure reminiscent of the Penguin Random House merger, two science and education giants are coming together in a cashless merger: Holtzbrinck's Macmillan Science and Education (comprising Nature, Palgrave Macmillan and Macmillan Education globally but not in the US) is combining with Springer Science+Business Media (owned by funds advised by BCP),…

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Briefs: Saramago Estate to Wylie; THE HUSBAND'S SECRET in Paperback; and More

Once again, a prominent literary estate has switched representation to The Wylie Agency. The estate of Jose Saramago announced the change as of December 30, 2014, saying "this shift to a larger literary agency emerges as a natural step to ensure greater presence" of Saramago's work. They briefly thanked Nicole…

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UK Booksellers Report Good Holiday Sales (And Low Kindle eReader Sales)

Two UK bookstore chains reported encouraging holiday sales. Waterstones says print book sales were up 5 percent in December, and Foyles said same-store book sales were up 11 percent for the holiday. With 290 stores, Waterstones now expects to open a dozen or more new stores during 2015. Both booksellers…

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Candlewick announced a number of recent promotions. Liz Bicknell has been promoted to evp, executive editorial director and associate publisher, while also taking on responsibility as group trade publishing director, Walker Books Australia. Mary Lee Donovan has added the title of director of editorial operations to her current title of…

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Osprey Is Sold to Bloomsbury

The unwinding of Osprey Publishing is complete with the announcement Monday that the company has been sold to Bloomsbury for £4.6 million in cash and stock. (Of that, £3.2 million is in cash, paid to private equity owners Alcuin Capital.) Bloomsbury says the business had sales of £7 million in 2013, over…

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