Farrar, Straus will adopt the distribution model in Canada already followed by the rest of Macmillan: As of January 2013, Raincoast Book Distribution will handle FSG and Graywolf titles sold to independent and college bookstores, Costco, library wholesalers, and special markets. FSG has been distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre since 1997. Raincoast and Macmillan will begin selling the FSG winter 2013 list in August 2012.
OverDrive has announced the opening of a new office in Melbourne, Australia “to deepen its relationships with library, publisher and bookseller partners in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia Pacific region.” They acquired Australia’s Booki.sh earlier this year. Peter Haasz manages business development for OverDrive Australia.
Former evp, digital publishing at Simon & Schuster and digital consultant Mark Gompertz has joined Hearst Magazines as creative director, content extensions, reporting to John Loughlin. In his new role, Gompertz will focus on developing and executing compelling and substantive content for the company’s print and digital brands, which include 20 magazines, 28 websites, and Hearst Books, which will now become part of the company’s content extension initiative, with publisher Jacqueline Deval reporting to Gompertz.
“Mark has deep experience in the areas of e-publishing, multimedia experimentation and finding new revenue streams for great content—all of which translate remarkably well to content extension opportunities for our brands at Hearst,” Loughlin said in a statement. “We have a number of exciting projects in the works and I”m confident that Mark will not only execute on those brilliantly but also bring an abundance of new ideas to the table.”