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Touchstone Cancels Publication of @GSElevator Book

The strange saga of @GSElevator, the satirical Twitter feed purportedly from a Goldman Sachs insider who was "unmasked" by the NYT as 34-year-old Texas-based Citi banker John Lefevre last month, has added another turn, as Touchstone announced it has canceled publication of STRAIGHT TO HELL, the formerly anonymous author's forthcoming…

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Briefs: Penguin India Defends Withdrawal; The Bookseller Drops Author Solutions Ads; and more

Penguin India issued a statement earlier today regarding its decision to pull Wendy Doniger's THE HINDUS from sale in that country after a settlement that ended a four-year court battle. "Penguin Books India believes, and has always believed, in every individual's right to freedom of thought and expression, a right…

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Expectations

For us it's that time of year when we are neither fully nor entirely off. Publishers Lunch will be occasional until 2014, as the news requires/allows. (We'll be back at least once next week with deals and links at a minimum.) Publishers Marketplace continues to operate as usual, and we…

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Simon & Schuster Looks to Record Finish

Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy dispatched her end-of-year letter to employees on Friday afternoon, noting that "If sales through the end of December hold to our projections, I'm happy to report that we will deliver record profits, a healthy gain in revenues, and our best-ever margins." The company finishes…

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Dohle Notes First Holiday As A Merged Company

Last year Random House ceo Markus Dohle sent employees an e-holiday card rather than a year-end holiday letter (after providing RH US employees with a special $5,000 bonus as a "thank you payment" -- accompanied by a brief note -- after record earnings from Fifty Shades and other successes). This…

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Briefs: Grand Central Heads Near Rockefeller Center, and More

Hachette Book Group's planned relocation has become real estate news via Crain's, which confirms the publisher's lease of space at 1290 Sixth Avenue for occupancy some time next year. They are taking over a chunk of two floors recently vacated by Microsoft. The move will put them across the street…

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Amazon Acquires AudioGo's UK Catalog; Kindle Paperwhite Rumors; and More

Amazon has a licensing deal to publish the UK back catalog of bankrupt audiobook publisher AudioGo, according to the Sunday Times. The deal gives Amazon (which owns Audible) access to at least 5,000 titles from the company previously known as BBC Audiobooks. In Amazon rumor news, TechCrunch says the company's…

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Still Going: Amazon Rebuts Line in Brad Stone's Statement

After The Everything Store author Brad Stone responded on Bloomberg Businessweek to MacKenzie Bezos's one-star review of his book at Amazon.com, Amazon spokesman Craig Berman took issue with Stone's post. Referring to Stone's line, "Bezos said that he married MacKenzie after searching for someone tenacious enough to break him out…

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Kobo Kleans Up

Well reported is an email from Kobo chief content officer Michael Tamblyn to authors in their self-publishing program Kobo Writing Life, providing an update on their now-completed review and cleansing of their title catalog. "The review had to happen fast, and we didn’t enjoy it, but with our esteemed 300-year-old…

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BISG's Mission Moves From Books to Content

At today's Book Industry Study Group annual meeting in New York, board chair Ken Michaels unveiled the 40-year-old organization's new and expanded mission statement after months of work: "BISG's mission is to facilitate innovation and share solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners that create, produce and distribute…

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