Kobo has announced the opening of their New York office, focused on publisher relations and
US content acquisition. Ami Greko joins the company as senior manager, vendor relations, books. She was director of business development for GetGlue after having managed
digital marketing for Macmillan. Jan Ehrlich has been hired as director, newspapers and magazines. She was most recently director of business development for Texterity.
Kobo notes in the announcement, “Publisher relationships are something we take very seriously at Kobo. Our work with US-based publishers is growing at a frantic pace as we continue to add new vendors, deepen our retail relationships, innovate on devices, and manage the intricacies of agency relationships. Expect to see us in person more often, at more conferences, running and sponsoring events and generally making more noise.”
Self-publishing giant Author Solutions believes that authors need education or inspiration–or at least are inclined to pay for some. The company announced the hiring of Suzette Conway as director of author education, “charged with creating educational workshops and programs–both online and onsite–that will help authors optimize their publishing, book marketing and book-selling efforts.”
Weiss says in the announcement “it makes sense that we provide
educational services to the growing number of aspiring indie authors
who may need only a little guidance and encouragement to reach their
Rowman & Littlefield has a new expansive agreement to provide publishing services, both in print and electronically, as well as complete sales and distribution services, to four university presses: the University of Delaware Press, Bucknell University Press, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Lehigh University Press.
The presses will continue to maintain their own editorial staffs, with Rowman & Littlefield taking over “once a decision to publish has been made.” The four presses “previously collaborated in a similar fashion with Associated University Presses.”