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People, Etc.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editorial director, lifestyle Deb Brody has been promoted to vp, editor-in-chief. (She joined the company a little under a year ago.) In her new role she "will expand her oversight and editorial work across the lifestyle and general interest teams," adding oversight for Alex Littlefield and a to-be-hired senior…

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Penguin Eliminates Blue Rider Press

Penguin Publishing Group president Madeline McIntosh has closed another of the group's publishing lines, writing to staff that she had "made the difficult decision to discontinue Blue Rider Press as a standalone imprint." President and publisher David Rosenthal, who came to Penguin in early 2011 to create the imprint, and…

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People, Etc.

Germany's S. Fischer has hired Siv Bublitz as publishing director, effective September 18, taking over from Peter Sillem, who is leaving S. Fischer on June 30. Bublitz was previously chief executive at Ullstein. Reporting to S. Fischer president and publisher Jörg Bong, she will join the board of Holtzbrinck Publishers Germany.…

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Yes, Mbue's Behold the Dreamers Is New Oprah Pick

As suggested here earlier in the month by booksellers, a just-published paperback edition of Imbolo Mbue's debut novel Behold the Dreamers is the latest "summer" pick for Oprah's Book Club. Winfrey declares -- in another videotaped announcement first posted at Amazon, which continues its undeclared/undefined but clearly official and close…

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Briefs: Bookselling and More

Bookselling A couple of weeks ago Book Expo announced a preliminary count of 7,425 attendees at the mots recent, saying the group was "comprised primarily of booksellers, librarians, retailers and media." But a new infographic from the show provides a more precise count of 1,289 booksellers & retailers, and 1,597 librarians…

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Blended Statistics Part 4: A Broader View of What Authors Earn

Part 3 looked at the whole industry and laid important groundwork for roughing out a new measure: how much money do authors earn? The Author Earnings project has made valuable strides in making this a central issue. Up until AE, no one had even tried to tabulate what authors make…

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Legal: Elsevier Prevails Over Sci-Hub; Textbook Publishers Sue Follett for "Trafficking In Counterfeit Textbooks"

On Tuesday, a Federal court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment in favor of Elsevier in their infringement suit against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project, and other websites, accused of "compromising some 51 million protected works." The court award the maximum damages of $15 million, and made…

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Blended Statistics Part 3: The Full Consumer Market

Thanks to those who have been writing in with enjoyment of our StatsFest, and apologies to those who are overwhelmed (we're trying to make this as straight forward as possible), but we soldier on. Today's installment is brief, but important, as we knit together numbers across trade -- and this…

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Corporate: Baldini & Castoldi Sold, New Library Digital Content Apps, and More

In Italy, former head of Bompiani Elisabetta Sgarbi's publishing company The Ship of Theseus, which launched in early 2016, has acquired the renewed version of Baldini & Castoldi. (They bought 95 percent; Filippo Vannuccini retains a 5 percent share.) The publisher says the purchase and recapitalization of Baldini & Castoldi was down "just with [its]…

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Sales Continue Falling at Barnes & Noble, But Earnings Improve

Barnes & Noble continued to suffer from declining sales in their fourth quarter, ending April 29, but a reduced loss in the period and improved earnings for the fiscal year gave investors some confidence. After closing Wednesday near an all-time low of $6.50 a share, investors were relieved by the…

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