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Amazon's Profits Remain Slim

Amazon reported second quarter sales on Thursday after, with sales rising 25 percent to $38 billion, as earnings were in line with the wide-ranging guidance but towards the lower side where analysts had been hopeful for hitting the end. That translates into operating income of $628 million -- down 51…

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Lagardere Publishing Gains on Acquisitions and UK

Lagardere reported results for the first half of the year, with Lagardere Publishing, moving up modestly on the Perseus acquisition. Sales of €1.019 billion were up €49 million compared to a year ago, with Perseus contributing an added €18 million (the acquisition closed in spring 2016) and other acquisitions added…

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People: Kakutani Steps Down, and More

Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for the New York Times, is stepping down from that position after 38 years. She says she is "moving on to focus on longer pieces about politics and culture, though I will always love and write about books." (Vanity Fair indicates she is among…

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At Sourcebooks, Stephanie Lewis has been promoted to business data manager; Drew French has been promoted to sales data associate. Nick Lindsay has been promoted to director of journals and open access for MIT Press. Sarah Baline will join Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press as events coordinator starting August 14.…

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Whitehead and Roy Among the Booker Longlisted

The Booker Prize announce their longlist for this year's award, and less than a year after Paul Beatty became the first American to win the award, four more Americans are in contention, led by Colson Whitehead's National Book Award and Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad, along with: Paul Auster,  4 3…

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At Scholastic Trade, Megan Peace has been promoted to associate editor. Mara Lander has joined as senior marketing director for licensed publishing and brand management. She was previously executive director for licensing and brand management for Little, Brown Children's. Sarah Jacobson has joined Scholastic as assistant production editor. Most recently, she was freelancing at Scholastic and has…

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August Library Reads, and More

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin tops August's Library Reads list. Also on the list is Leah Weiss's If The Creek Don't Rise, featured in our August Buzz Books Monthly sampler, available for download now on Amazon, iBooks, and NetGalley. The rest of the list includes: Glass Houses, by Louise Penny How To Find…

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Activist Investor Is Sure Someone (Else) Should Take Barnes & Noble Private

Another activist investor, Sandell Capital Management, has looked at Barnes & Noble's beaten down share price and become convinced that with some agitation a private buyer will come forward. The campaign is happening via press release, with Sandell publishing its letter to the BN board asking the company to hire…

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Cristobal Pera has joined Vintage Espanol as publishing director, succeeding Jaime de Pablos, who has resigned. Previously, Pera was founding director of The Wylie Agency Espana since 2015. He will acquire and publish books in original Spanish, as well as Spanish translations. Additionally, Ingrid Paredes has been promoted to publishing manager for…

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LeeEric Fesko has been promoted to associate publisher for Harper Christian's specialty division, which includes Thomas Nelson gift books, Zondervan gift books, Tommy Nelson children’s books, children’s Bibles, and new media. Emma House was promoted to deputy chief executive at the Publishers Association in the UK. Imprints Atria is adding a Skybound…

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