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Reliability of "Pill City" Author Questioned Further With NYT Unable to Corroborate Reporting

Questions continue to mount about the veracity of the reporting in Kevin Deutsch's PILL CITY, published earlier this month, after the New York Times writes that it was unable to corroborate claims and locate sources in a separate story Deutsch published in the paper last December. That story, on how…

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Bookselling: Amazon Opens In Dedham, Waterstones Criticized for Modest Stores "Posing" As Indies

Amazon's previously-announced 5,800-square-foot bookstore at Legacy Place in Dedham, MA will open on Tuesday, after holding a preview on Saturday. As previously announced, this is Amazon's first bookstore to open on the East Coast (and fourth to open so far), with at least three more "coming soon" in Lynnfield, MA; Paramus, NJ; and Manhattan's Columbus…

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People, Etc.

Kari Sutherland has joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent. Previously she was an editor at Harper Children's. Bestselling Australian children's book author Mem Fox, 70, is giving a face to the excesses of border control under the Trump administration. Now back in Australia, Fox told the media that she…

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HarperCollins Launches Book Recommendation Bots

HarperCollins has announced the launch of BookGenie and Epic Reads, two bot-powered book recommendation engines available through Facebook Messenger. Both provide book recommendations through one-on-one chatting. With Bookgenie, readers request a recommendation based on a book they enjoyed, or select from curated recommendations. Epic Reads, related to the publisher's YA-focused site,…

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People, Etc.

News Corp. has announced that Bedi Singh will step down as chief financial officer on March 1. Susan Panuccio, currently cfo of News Corp. Australia, will succeed him. Executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said in the release: "Through his astute financial management of key acquisitions and divestitures, and with the prudent…

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Trade Sales Pulled to Even In Third Quarter of 2016

Year-end stats from Bookscan and PubTrack Digital and current earnings season reports from public companies have been giving us a good picture of 2016 trade publishing performance. So it feels a little odd to step back as the AAP -- still running a month or two behind their normal schedule -- has released monthly…

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Pearson Takes £2.55 Billion Charge

Pearson reported full 2016 results on Friday morning in London, announcing an impairment charge to North American goodwill against their declining higher education courseware market of £2,548 million. While the company said that in 2017 "early trading is in line with expectations," they neglected to mention the big charge when…

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Family Christian Stores to Liquidate and Close

The largest chain of Christian book and merchandise stores Family Christian announced that it will liquidate its assets and close all of their outlets, comprising over 240 stores in 36 states. The statement did not provide a timetable for the liquidation. President Chuck Bengochea says in the press release, "We had two…

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People, Awards: LA Times Prize Announcements, and More

The Los Angeles Times announced book prize finalists in 11 categories -- including a new award for autobiographical prose named in honor of Christopher Isherwood -- with the winners to be named April 21. Thomas McGuane will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Among the nominees are: Fiction Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to…

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Houghton Takes $139 Million Charge In Another Bad Quarter

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt continued their string of disappointing results on Thursday morning, reporting poor fourth quarter earnings. Net sales of $242 million were down $56 million (or 19 percent) from a year ago. The continuing trouble at their legacy basal and supplemental education business helped lead to an operating loss…

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