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Authors: No Ivanka Promotion, Another Patterson Gift, and More

In January Portfolio postponed the release of Ivanka Trump's Women Who Work from March to May to make it easier for her to promote the book, to "accommodate these momentous changes in Ivanka's life and give her time to settle her children into their new home, schools and city." Now…

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Penguin Workshop Imprint for Kids Starts This Fall

Penguin Children's will launch a new imprint this fall, Penguin Workshop, run by president and publisher of Grosset & Dunlap and Warne, Francesco Sedita. The new line will publish "new voices and established brands for readers ages birth to 12." He says in the announcement, "Penguin Workshop is a laboratory…

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Amazon Confirms Full-On Australian Expansion

After lengthy speculation, Amazon confirmed that it will indeed open a full online store in Australia. The company said in a statement, "The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now. We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia,…

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Houghton to Layoff Hundreds of Employees, Take More Charges

As previewed just about a month ago, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt updated investors in an SEC filing on Tuesday on their planned restructuring. Their "organizational design change actions," which will be "substantially complete" by the end of May 2017, are expected to reduce their employee count "by approximately 8 percent to 10…

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Briefs: Ferguson to Holiday House, Grisham on Tour, and More

Margaret Ferguson will join Holiday House Publishing in May as publisher of a Margaret Ferguson Books imprint, reporting to editor-in-chief Mary Cash. It's the first time Holiday House has created  an eponymous imprint. Ferguson was publisher of a Margaret Ferguson Books at Farrar, Straus Children's. Ferguson says in the announcement, "This…

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November Hardcover Shipments Made Up for Part of October's Decline

The AAP released their monthly StatShot statistics for November 2016, which provide solid evidence of the disconnect between topline AAP data and actual marketplace results that we have been talking about for a while now. Looked at in isolation the headline news sounds positive: Net trade sales as measured by…

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Bezos Tells Shareholders and Employees It Will Never Be Day 2

Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos's annual letter to shareholders focuses on particulars of his management philosophy more than anything, but it starts with his answer to a common question: "'Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?'" "That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I've been reminding…

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Recorded Books Renames Itself RBmedia

Recorded Books acquired the Audiobooks.com retail platform on December 31, 2016 but has officially "announced" the acquisition on Tuesday. (In turn, the publishing arm of Audiobooks.com now operates as Novel Audio.) Recorded Books has also unveiled a broader rebranding of the parent company as RBmedia going forward. The new "unified brand" will "help…

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Penguin Random House to Acquire Barcelona-Based Ediciones B

Penguin Random House will add to its sprawling Spanish-language publishing program with a deal to acquire Ediciones B in Barcelona from Grupo Zeta. The company says the acquisition "will reinforce PRHGE's cultural preeminence and market share in Spain, Latin America, and across the entire Spanish-speaking world." Ediciones B's imprints also operate in Argentina,…

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Digital: Kobo Acquires Shelfie, Lost My Name In JV with Roald Dahl Estate

After taking on Shelfie's customers in February after the service closed, Kobo has now acquired what was left of Shelfie itself -- including their technology assets, IP, and the infrastructure on which the ecosystem runs, plus the hiring of Shelfie's teams. Kobo says that in "the coming months," it will "work…

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