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CBS chief executive Les Moonves, 67, has extended his contract and is now expected to run the company through June 2021 -- after which he can serve as a senior adviser for five years, with an option to set up a production company with CBS's support. Chip Rolley joined PEN…

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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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Valerie Steiker will join Scribner as executive editor on April 17. Previously, she was the longtime culture editor at Vogue. Reporting to Colin Harrison and Nan Graham, she will acquire and edit fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, and lifestyle books. Parisa Ebrahimi joins the Crown and Hogarth fiction team today as editor. She moves…

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At Chronicle Books, AiLing Tjan has been promoted to accounting supervisor, while Barrett Hooper is now senior financial analyst and Christina Mott moves up to distribution client account manager. Ingram Content Group has tapped poetry writer and bookseller Stephen Sparks to launch a poetry newsletter called Little Infinite. Sparks owns Point Reyes Bookshop…

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California Consumer Sues Audible Over Subscription Terms

A California consumer filed suit in the state's Central District Federal Court against Audible and Amazon, seeking class action status, on behalf of "consumers who find themselves trapped in a shell game." The suit objects to differences between how Audible allegedly advertises its membership program, and how the program works in fact.…

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Kari Sutherland has joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent. Previously she was an editor at Harper Children's. Bestselling Australian children's book author Mem Fox, 70, is giving a face to the excesses of border control under the Trump administration. Now back in Australia, Fox told the media that she…

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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Audrey Gibbons has been promoted to senior publicist. Recipients were announced for the second round of $1.75 million in grants that James Patterson is providing to school libraries across the country, working in partnerships with Scholastic Reading Club, which matches the grants with points for…

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Jackie Engel will join Little, Brown Children's as vp, associate publisher on August 1, reporting to Megan Tingley. Previously she was vp, group sales director at Penguin Children's, and in her new role, Engel will focus on list positioning and marketing strategy, new business development, and digital publishing. At Simon &…

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Briefs: Schumer's 'Lower Back Tattoo' Publishes August 16; Zola Books Gets More Funding; and More

Amy Schumer's book will be published by Gallery on August 16 -- and it has retained the proposal name, THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO. Funding Zola Books closed another round of funding last week. The new round adds something under $3.4 million since the company's last announced funding in 2013.…

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At Ingram Content Group, chief information officer Pep Carrera will change roles and become chief operating officer at their VitalSource Technologies unit, relocating to Raleigh, NC. In turn, VitalSource coo Kent Freeman will take on the newly-created role of chief strategy and development officer, "supporting Ingram's continued transformation and leading the…

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