At Penguin, Molly Barton has been promoted to vp, digital publishing and business development and strategy. Earlier this year she was responsible for launching the writing community website Book Country and was also responsible for developing Penguin eSpecials, expanding the publisher’s relationship with Starz, and spearheading Penguin’s enhanced ebook app program.
Meagan Stacey has joined Crown as editor, trade paperbacks, reporting to Tina Pohlman. Previously she was an editor at Mariner Books.
Project Gutenberg founder Michael S. Hart died September 6 at his home in Urbana, IL. He was 64 and the cause of death was not disclosed. He is widely credited as the inventor of the ebook, a typed transcript of the Declaration of Independence sent out to users on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer network in 1971.
PEN Center USA named its 2011 Literary Award winners in eleven categories, with Robert Pinsky to receive a lifetime achievement award and Dave Eggers to receive the award of honor. All winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize at a ceremony held on November 8.
Full list of winners
Knopf has moved up the publication date of Julian Barnes‘ THE SENSE OF AN ENDING to October 11 (from January 27, 2012) after the book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize earlier this week. The prize winner will be named October 18.
In the UK, Ebury will launch a new digital-first romance imprint, Rouge, with eight titles on September 29. Four titles will appear monthly thereafter in six categories, with all books priced under £5.