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Following Macmillan ceo John Sargent's indication that they will, with some reluctance, "test subscription in the coming weeks," Oyster announced that their collection now includes over 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury. Harper UK has disclosed their annual results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Sales fell to £179 million, down…

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People, Etc.

Founder and former ceo of Quercus Mark Smith will join Bonnier Publishing as ceo of fiction, for both adult and children's books. His company Zaffre Publishing is being absorbed into the group, for "an undisclosed fee." The Zaffre business will be expanded, focusing on women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror and fiction…

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Sales Drop 18 Percent at Faber In "Tough" Market for UK Indies

2013 was a rough year for many UK independents, leading to the sale of Quercus to Little Brown UK, the reorganization of Atlantic Books (with Allen and Unwin taking a majority stake) and the sale of some of Osprey Publishing's lines, to cite a few examples. Similarly, Faber and Faber…

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People, Etc.: Durham to Leave Amazon

Publisher of adult trade and children's at Amazon Publishing Daphne Durham will leave the company on January 16, PW reports, and will be replaced by head of global marketing for the publishing division Mikyla Bruder, who will serve as publisher for Montlake Romance, Thomas & Mercer, Skyscape, Lake Union, 47North and Jet…

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Corporate: Mondadori to Spin Off Books Group As A Separate Company; Moody's Has Negative Outlook On Amazon

Italy's Arnoldo Mondadori Editore announced last week that they will spin off their book publishing and book distribution units as a separate, freestanding company effective January 1, 2015, to be called Mondadori Libri. The company says "the operation will not involve any changes to the overall profile of the underlying businesses and…

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Corporate: Hachette UK Adds Ilex, and the Penguin Hotline

The latest acquisition in a busy year for M&A, Hachette UK has purchased illustrated reference book publisher Ilex and will make it part of Octopus. Alastair Campbell, who co-founded Ilex 15 years ago, is retiring from the company, but the rest of the publishing staff will be retained and transferred to London. The…

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People, Etc.

Obituaries Novelist Kent Haruf, 71, has died, his editor Gary Fisketjon confirmed to the Washington Post on Sunday. The new issue of Granta has an autobiographical essay by Haruf, and his novel OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is due to be published next year. Fisketjon said,  "Kent had finished all his revisions and…

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Corporate: Reviving Scribner's Magazine Online, Open Road Espanol, and Courier's Brazilian Buy

The latest consumer-facing website launched by Simon & Schuster revives an old magazine name: Scribner Magazine, inspired by (but dropping the apostrophe of) the publisher's long-ago sister publication Scribner's Magazine, which published from 1887 through 1939. The new site will act as a general-interest literary magazine featuring "contributions from Scribner…

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People, Etc.

Erin Stein will join Macmillan Children's Publishing Group as publisher of a new, yet-to-be-named new imprint on December 1, reporting to Jon Yaged. Her imprint will focus on branded publishing and new content creation, as well as acquiring original commercial fiction and picture books. Previously she was editorial director of branded, licensed, and…

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Bertelsmann Sales Are Flat In Third Quarter, As Asset Changes Weigh On Profits

Bertelsmann issued a brief third quarter trading report (in the European style), indicating that sales for the first nine months of the year rose 4.3 percent to €11.82 billion -- "their highest level in seven years" -- but profits have declined sharply, due in large part to recent rearrangements of their portfolio of…

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