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Briefs: PubTrack Digital Launches in UK; Kenyon Sues Clare; Denene Miller Books at Agate; and More

Nielsen Book has launched PubTrack Digital UK, an ebook sales tracking service based on the same model that they use in the US. A set of unspecified publishers contribute their own ebook sales data, on a monthly basis, with a three-month delay. Nielsen says "we are not currently releasing the…

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On Cue: Waterstones' Annual Retreat From Forecasts of Profit

Waterstones has filed financial results for the fiscal year through April 2015, and managing director James Daunt is engaging in his annual dance of walking back the bold proclamations he made to an always-eager press during the important holiday sales period. Amazingly, our analysis right now is exactly the same…

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Indigo Celebrates Big Holiday Quarter

Canada's dominant physical bookseller Indigo reported fiscal third quarter sales, through December 26, with revenue up 12.9 percent to $383 million (a $44 million gain), and net earnings of $52.8 million, up sharply from $33 million a year ago. Those gains came even though the chain had one less superstore and four…

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People, Etc.: WI to Minneapolis, and More

The ABA's Winter Institute will double down on the winter part next year, moving to Minneapolis for the 12th annual gathering, convening Friday, January 27 through Monday, January 30, 2017. The overall Costa Book of the Year award was given to The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, only the second children's book to win the…

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Briefs: Italy Investigates Merger, St. Mark's Benefactor Returns, and More

As expected -- albeit on a slow timetable -- Italy's Competition Authority announced last Thursday it has formally opened an investigation into the proposed purchase of RCS Media's book publishing group by Mondadori. (After more than 7 months of negotiation and consideration, the 127.5 million euro sale was agreed to by the…

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At St. Martin's, Michael Homler and Daniela Rapp were promoted to senior editor; Meredith Mennitt, Eileen Rothschild and Holly Ingraham were promoted to editor; Courtney Littler and April Osborn are now associate editors; and Alicia Clancy, Jaime Coyne, Sylvan Creekmore and Sara Thwaite moved up to assistant editor. Publicity directors Susan Corcoran at Ballantine Bantam Dell and Sally Marvin at Random House have both…

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Renee Sedliar has been promoted to the new role of editorial director for Da Capo Lifelong Books. She is charged with "bringing Lifelong to the next level, further growing this crucial part of the Perseus publishing program by exploring new subject categories and taking the lead in charting Lifelong's editorial course." At…

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Sarah Grimm has joined Crown as publicist, working on the Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, and Tim Duggan Books imprints. Previously she was an associate publicist at Putnam. Printz Award winner and two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang has been named the new as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.…

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People, Etc.: Welsh to BBD As Publisher, and More

Kara Welsh will join Ballantine Bantam Dell as executive vice president, publisher on January 19, reporting to Gina Centrello. Previously Welsh was svp, publisher at the Berkley Publishing Group, after joining NAL as publisher in 2001. Reporting to Welsh are svp, associate publisher and editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey, and svp, deputy…

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LAT book critic David Ulin is leaving the paper on December 15, among those taking the company's buyout offer. He writes to LA Observed: "This is an opportunity for me to focus further on my writing, which I have been wanting to do." The newspaper's book editor Joy Press left…

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