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Ryan Doherty will be join Celadon Books, Macmillan's new trade book division, as executive editor starting September 12. He has been vice president of literary development at Sony Pictures Entertainment (after a number of years as an editor at Ballantine). Celadon Books co-publishers Jamie Raab and Deb Futter say: "Ryan's ability to…

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Barnes & Noble Education Buys Online Writing Business for $58.5 Million

Barnes & Noble Education acquired Student Brands on Friday for $58.5 million in cash. Student Brands is a subscription-based writing skills services business, with properties in the US, Brazil, France and Mexico. BNED has been trying to buy its way to growth, so far without convincing investors. Earlier this year…

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Briefs: eBook Retailer Suit Rejected Again; Macmillan Learning Offers New Rental Options

Defunct ebook retailers BooksOnBoard and Diesel Books lost again in court, as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing their lawsuit alleging that publishers' introduction of the agency model for ebook pricing put them out of business. The Appeals Court wrote: "Based on the undisputed…

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Textbook Author Sues Pearson

Last week professor of engineering at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette and author of multiple engineering textbooks Russell Hibbeler filed suit in a Tennessee Federal Court against Pearson, alleging significant underpaid and/or unpaid royalties and charging the publisher with creating derivative works with permission and payment. (Hibbeler lives in…

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Barnes & Noble Education Gives Up On Yuzu

We've been skeptical of Barnes & Noble Education's digital platform Yuzu since they started it in 2014, ever since we learned that a yuzu "is a hybrid citrus fruit with curiously high ratio of seeds to juice." In reporting fiscal third quarter results on Tuesday morning, the company finally announced…

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Open eBooks Initiative Goes Live, with National Geographic Joining In

The Open eBooks project -- a private effort inspired by President Obama as part of his larger ConnectEd initiative -- has gone live, announced by the White House, with encouragement from Michelle Obama. As previously announced, the program makes available a large collection of ebooks for free to low-income students in…

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Macmillan Learning Acquires Roberts & Company

The US-based educational publisher Macmillan Learning announced Monday it has acquired Roberts and Company, publisher of higher education textbooks, interactive media, and original monographs in biology, chemistry, engineering and related disciplines. Macmillan Learning ceo Ken Michaels says in the announcement, "This acquisition is core to our ability to provide educators and students robust…

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BN Education Announces Stock Buyback

Now that no one else seems to want its stock since reducing forecasts for the year when reporting quarterly earnings a week ago, Barnes & Noble Education announced that the board has authorized stock repurchases of up to $50 million worth of shares. That has given the company's shares a…

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Bertlesmann Confirms $230 Million Investment in HotChalk

As anticipated since September, Bertelsmann is spending $230 million to buy a minority stake in HotChalk, a technology company that powers online degree programs. Along with last month's RediLearning deal, their stake in Alliant University and the big deal about a year ago for Relias Learning, Bertelsmann has spent in the…

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Corporate: Bertelsmann Buys RediLearning; Harper Buys The Midlist; and More

Bertelsmann subsidiary Relias Learning has acquired Florida-based e-learning company RediLearning. Terms of the deal, the first under the Bertelsmann Education Group umbrella, were not disclosed -- though a Reuters source puts it at a "medium double-digit million US dollar sum." The nine-year-old RediLearning provides online training in the field of…

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