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At Amazon Publishing, Katie Finch has been named director of strategic programs. Tilo Eckardt will return to Random House Germany to take charge of Heyne's hardcover and paperback fiction list, reporting to Ulrich Genzler. He has spent the last four year as an agent with Mohrbooks, and was previously editor-in-chief…

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Amazon Gains In First Quarter, Changes Revenue Reporting Lines

Amazon reported first quarter sales on Thursday afternoon, with net revenues rising 23 percent to $35.7 billion in the first quarter, compared with $29.1 billion in 2016. Operating income was down modestly at $1.05 billion, but net income rose to $724 million -- compared to $513 million a year ago, because of lower income taxes.…

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Sarah Hochman, editor-in-chief of Blue Rider Press and Plume, has decided to leave the publisher, as of May 10. She has been at Blue Rider since its founding in 2011. Andrea Fleck-Nisbet joined Ingram Content Group as director of content acquisition sales, reporting to Kelly Gallagher and based in New York. Previously, she…

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Barnes & Noble Promotes Parneros to CEO

Barnes & Noble is promoting chief operating officer Demos Parneros to ceo, with Len Riggio remaining as chairman of the board. In their awkward way the company said as much in March, when Riggio didn't have any good answers to the state of the ceo search -- if there really…

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Rich Thomas will join HarperCollins Children's as vice president and publishing director, reporting to Kate Jackson. He was most recently associate publisher and editorial director for Disney Publishing Worldwide. At HarperCollins Children's, he will lead the Festival, I Can Read, and licensing programs. Jane Starr Literary Scouts has been appointed US scout…

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The "driving force" behind Scotland's Freight Books, co-founder and director Adrian Searle, has left the company. He said: "Following differences over strategic direction, and after six years as publisher at Freight Books, and eight years as a director of Freight Design, with much regret I have decided to leave the business…

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Quarto announced changes to their sales and marketing structure. The global English language sales team now reports to Ken Fund, in his new role as chief operating officer, and is structured in three main channels: US sales, UK and Europe sales, and international sales. Andrew Stanley will join as sales director of UK and…

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LA Times Book Prize Winners: Haslett, Hill, Alexievich, and More

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in eleven categories on Saturday night, including the new Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose. The winners include: Fiction Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown) The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Nathan Hill, The Nix (Knopf) Current Interest Svetlana Alexievich,…

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Authors: No Ivanka Promotion, Another Patterson Gift, and More

In January Portfolio postponed the release of Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work from March to May to make it easier for her to promote the book, to "accommodate these momentous changes in Ivanka's life and give her time to settle her children into their new home, schools and city." Now…

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Stephany Evans has joined Ayesha Pande Literary as an agent, where she'll continue to represent her list of adult fiction and nonfiction. Previously, she was a principal at FinePrint Literary Management. At Chronicle Books, Jeff Wiebe has been promoted to director of operations; Sarah Billingsley has been promoted to executive editor…

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