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Books Sales Fall Again At WH Smith, As Profits Improve

WH Smith reported preliminary results for fiscal 2014, with sales at their High Street stores falling 6 percent to £684 million. Book sales overall fell more, down 8 percent for the year as the "market continues to be challenging" (after declining 6 percent in the previous year). Same-store sales were…

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Briefs: Bloomsbury Considered Possible Osprey Buyer; Canongate 2013 Results; and More

On the heels of the Osprey Group selling off Angry Robot, Watkins, and Nourish earlier this month to entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld, the remaining divisions are still potentially up for sale, with Bloomsbury considered to be the most likely buyer, the Bookseller reports. They say the current speculation is that "both Bloomsbury…

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Harper Germany to Launch In 2015; Will Publish Silva In 16 Territories

HarperCollins is creating a HarperCollins Germany publishing program, expanding on the operation in Hamburg acquired as part of their purchase of Harlequin and launching in fall 2015 with approximately 50 Harper branded titles. The German initiative is itself just a first step, as Harper plans to take those 50 titles…

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Corporate: EC Investigates Amazon's Tax Break; Frankfurt News; and More

The European Commission "opened an in-depth investigation" into the 2003 sweetheart tax deal between Luxembourg and Amazon. This is not the tax loophole that lets Amazon sell digital goods across Europe at Luxembourg's low VAT rate, under the pretense that they are selling the items from that nation (and that…

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Corporate: Faber Press, Harper Takes Control of Nelson Brasil, and More

In the UK, Henry Volans will lead a new Faber Press division as director. It comprises poetry, drama, film and classical music publishing in all formats, and incorporates Faber Fine Press, Faber Finds, and Faber Digital as well. CEO Stephen Page says: "Henry takes on a very wide brief with this role, looking…

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Corporate: PRH Finalizes Objetiva Purchase; Amazon's WriteOn Beta; Authors Guild Met with DOJ; Core Source Adds Print Metadata

On October 1, Penguin Random House completed their acquisition of Brazilian trade publisher Objetiva, the final piece in their acquisition of the Santillana trade publishing business (the rest of which closed on July 1). As previously announced, CEO of Companhia das Letras Luiz Schwarcz will also oversee Objetiva, and Roberto Feith continues as general…

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People, Etc.

Laura Nolan has joined Kuhn Projects as an agent. She was until recently the head of the book division for Paradigm. President of Weldon Owen Terry Newell will retire as president after more than 15 years with the company. Succeeding Newell is Roger Shaw, currently vp, publisher, reporting to Bonnier…

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People, Etc.

Emilie Polster has joined Little, Brown Children's as executive director of marketing. She was previously senior director of integrated marketing & operations at Harper Children's. At Picador, Andrea Rogoff has been promoted to senior publicist, while Elizabeth Bruce has been promoted to associate editor. In addition, Shannon Donnelly has joined as…

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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle Unlimited In UK, At £7.99 A Month

On Wednesday Amazon launched their Kindle Unlimited subscription program in the UK, charging more on a relative basis, priced at £7.99 a month (or a little over $13, or 30 percent more than the US version). The offering is otherwise very similar to the US version, featuring a licensed deal…

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UK Publishers Association Asks Government to Investigate Unnamed eBookselling Monopoly

UK trade group the Publishers Association issued "an eight point plan for growth" in book and journal publishing with recommendations for the government. The one drawing the most attention is a very polite, British request to consider whether having one company dominate ebookselling and online bookselling is a good idea.…

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